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Richard Stephens

November 17, 1943 - September 24, 2023
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Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes
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Paul, Jenna and Wynn Atkins
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SUZIE & TERRY EIHL
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Jackie Stephens
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Janet & Bill Weidmann
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Nancy Carrano
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Blair Shwedo
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Keith& Glenda Burke
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Bob and Connie Smith
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Alan & Michelle Sasala
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Ellen E Bishop
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Visitation
Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Downtown
639 North Main Steet
Greenville, SC 29601
Sunday 10/1, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mass
St. Mary's Catholic Church
111 Hampton Ave.
Greenville, SC 29601
Monday 10/2, 12:00 pm

Richard Stephens,79, devoted husband of Elaine Stephens, peacefully passed away Sunday, September 24, 2023. Born in Orlando, FL, he was a son of the late Perry and Willie Mae Cook Stephens. Mr. Stephens was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Richard was a true family man. He was happily married to his devoted wife,Continue Reading

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Paul, Jenna and Wynn Atkins left a message on October 2, 2023:
All our love and peace to the family ?
Theresa Stephens left a message on October 2, 2023:
Dad and Gpa, We have the best memories of you and will cherish them forever. I am teaching Perry to play tennis since my tennis buddy has gone to Heaven. We love you and miss you so much you will never know. I feel your presence daily and am reminded of you every time I look in the mirror. Perry said “Oh man!” when I told him you had passed away. I second that sentiment. Oh, man…a great father, grandfather, brother, husband, uncle, and friend is gone. ??? Love you to the moon and back Dad! T-berry and Perry
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bob and jean dawson left a message on October 1, 2023:
Dearest Elaine, I am so sorry for the loss of Rich, for you and your wonderful family. He will be missed. He was always so courteous and conversational when we would happen to meet., even the last time I think was in Costco. God's blessings to all of your family and close friends. With hugs and love, Jean & Bob
Charles Vickery left a message on October 1, 2023:
Words cannot express my feeelings about Richard. We met as roommates at Georgia Tech and became lifelong friends--his coaching me in math literally got me to graduation. If there is a golf course in Heaven, he is teeing it up. Rest in peace my best friend!!
Dave and Marlene Hoffman left a message on September 30, 2023:
Our condolences on the passing of Rich. We enjoyed his company while living at the Cliffs--bowling, Scotch club, sometimes golf. Elaine--the best to you.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
SUZIE & TERRY EIHL left a message on September 30, 2023:
Our deepestest sympathy to your family. Rich was a great guy. He will be missed.
Stephanie Peppas left a message on September 30, 2023:
Dear Elaine, you and the family have been in my thoughts and you have my heartfelt love and sympathy. Richard was such a wonderful man, friendly and eager to share his good nature. Sammy and I always enjoyed talking to the two of you whenever the family got together. We were all blessed to have had him in our lives. May his memory be eternal.
Jackie Stephens left a message on September 30, 2023:
Dear Elaine and family, You all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Much love, Jackie Stephens
Kathy Paine left a message on September 29, 2023:
Hi Uncle Richard! Hope you are entertaining everyone in Heaven! You had Personality Plus, you will be missed! Your niece, Kathy
Bob & Sherry Burgess left a message on September 29, 2023:
Sincere sympathies to Elaine and family for your loss. Sherry and I have many fond memories of our outings of snow skiing, tennis and golf with Rich and Elaine. Wishing the family comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Lou Lipomi left a message on September 29, 2023:
Elaine, My condolences. I have several fond memories of Rich on the course and at bocce. He and I shared many and discussed many challenges, which I always appreciated. He will be missed. Lou
Cindy Henry left a message on September 29, 2023:
Sadden to hear about Richard’s passing. I’ll always have fond memories of him from our bowling league. He had a real zest for life and such fun to be around. Our deepest sympathies, Cindy and Tim Henry
Rex & Srebrenka O'Steen left a message on September 28, 2023:
We knew Rich from a Bible study. We seemed to be on the same wavelength in discussions and temperment, Then, there was a gap, but when we'd see Rich in the parking lot, we waved. The last time we talked, Rich said we should meet to drink some beers.
Janet & Bill Weidmann left a message on September 28, 2023:
In memory of Richard Stephens, Janet & Bill Weidmann lit a candle
Janet & Bill Weidmann left a message on September 28, 2023:
Thinking of you all as you celebrate Rich's life... He will be DEARLY Missed. Wishing you God's comfort & love during this difficult time...
Eternal Friendship Remembrance Bouquet was purchased for the family of Richard Stephens by Janet & Bill Weidmann. Send Flowers
Janet & Bill Weidmann left a message on September 28, 2023:
Dear Elaine and family.... we have so many GREAT memories of you all in ATL. Rich always had a smile to light up the room. He will be missed in so many ways. But, we thank you all for the wonderful memories carpooling to HS, taking our kids out for Halloween, sharing parental advice and rules to be followed. We had LOTS of laughs together! You all were GREAT neighbors and Rich did an amazing job along w/ YOU Elaine in raising 4 incredible kids. Please let us know if you need anything. We are out of town the day of the funeral but will try to watch via the channel provided on this site.... what a great idea! Love you all....
Larry Sakai left a message on September 28, 2023:
Elaine & Family, Please accept my condolences over Richard's passing. I am pleased I met him recently in Cleveland. He was a wonderful husband & father from the comments I've been reading. Remember the good times you all were blessed to have with him. Sincerely, Larry Sakai (From your Wayne Avenue, Lakewood OH days)
Oliver Mark left a message on September 28, 2023:
Rich was an extraordinary man, one of a kind, and I was so lucky to have him as my manager and mentor during my time at Union Carbide. I learned so much from him, and even more, I had so much fun working with him, as did my customers, who also loved him. Jennifer and I are so sorry for your loss, Heather, and Teresa, and Kristin and Rick and Elaine and all the Stephens. I will be there for you on Sunday, Monday and whenever you call. Peace.
Nancy Carrano left a message on September 28, 2023:
Elaine and family -- I'm so very sorry for your loss. Eternal rest grant unto Rich and let perpetual light shine upon him and may the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
Blair Shwedo left a message on September 28, 2023:
Always upbeat and cheerful. You couldn’t help but smile when with Rich. Sad to see you go, I learned a lot from you! God bless!
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Karen Waldrop left a message on September 27, 2023:
So very sorry, Elaine, to learn about the loss of your husband! I know you, and your entire family, will miss him dearly. Sending love, special thoughts, prayers and heartfelt sympathy to all of you now and in the days/weeks to come. May God's abundant love, grace, mercy and blessings surround all of you now and always. May all the treasured memories and very special times together, your husband leaves behind for all of you to cherish fill your hearts, bring you comfort and give you peace! ❤️✝️?
Keith& Glenda Burke left a message on September 27, 2023:
We will always treasure our friendship with Rich. We so enjoyed all of our dinners together and fun times. We will miss you dear friend. Prayers to the Stephens family.
Amy and Mike Valentine left a message on September 27, 2023:
Aunt Elaine and Family , We are so so sorry to hear about Uncle Richard. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers and know that he will always be watching over you. Keep sharing those special memories with each other. Love, Amy, Mike, Tyler and Kaitlyn
Bob and Connie Smith left a message on September 27, 2023:
Our hearts break losing our dear friend Richard. We will always cherish the great times together. Our sympathy to Elaine and family.
Stephen Mallory left a message on September 27, 2023:
Uncle Richard, thank you for your love, humor, & kindness. Thank you for encouraging me to go to Georgia Tech & helping me land my first real job at UPS. You are a shining example of a loving family man & I will always smile when I think of you.
Alan & Michelle Sasala left a message on September 27, 2023:
Sending thoughts and prayers to Aunt Elaine and the rest of the family. May Uncle Richard rest in peace.
Lee Stephens Layton left a message on September 27, 2023:
Dearest Elaine and family, I was blessed to have Richard as a brother and he was the best husband, father and grandfather. You all were his pride and joy. Every phone call we shared he was bragging about his family and your accomplishments. My love and prayers go out to each of you. Love Lee
Heather Devine left a message on September 27, 2023:
Will love you forever Papa ? Xo- Heather, Mike & Penny
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Ellen E Bishop left a message on September 27, 2023:
May he rest in peace. May those who love him find comfort knowing he is in God's loving care. My prayers are with you, Elaine.
Jeffrey Hlaca left a message on September 27, 2023:
A great man and a father that I trully love.
Perry stephens left a message on September 27, 2023:
In memory of Richard Stephens, Perry stephens lit a candle
Vicki McCourt left a message on September 27, 2023:
My beloved brother is finally at rest.
Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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