Sept. 25, 1947 – July 11, 2012
The Life of “Pooley”
At 12:15 a.m. on July 11, 2012, God in His infinite wisdom sent his angel to 455 Barrow Mill Road, Jackson. Upon Raymond seeing the angel he responded, “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith,” II Timothy 4:6-7.
Sometimes in life we do not understand, why some things have to be, but God in His wisdom has planned beyond eyes to see.
Today, we come humbly before God, not questioning but accepting, His will has been done in this, the life of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend.
Raymond Robertson Stevenson, formerly known as “Pooley,” was born on Sept. 25, 1947, to the late Clinton Stevenson Sr. and the late Osa Emma Stevenson.
He was educated in the Northampton County school System.
Upon confession of his faith in Christ, he joined Boone’s Chapel Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. R. L. Kidd.
Raymond was a faithful Deacon. He served as the Sunday School Superintendent and Sunday School teacher for many years. Raymond truly loved God and his entire church family.
Raymond was joined in Holy matrimony on June 20, 1970, to Leola Stevenson. To this union Raymond loved the fatherhood of 1 son and 2 daughters.
For 42 years Raymond was employed at the mill in Seaboard. Formerly the Union Camp, International Paper now West Fraser. He loved his job and the mill was a big part of his life. He developed many close and special friends and they will forever cherish his memories. When the chipper saw starts acting up just think about your co-worker “Pooley” won’t be there to help you, but his spirit will forever be a part of the West Fraser. He was also a former employee of Coleman Funeral Home.
Family to Raymond was #1 in his life. His spirit overflowed with an abundance of love and caring for his wife, children and mostly those “grand babies” “Duke” and “Dog-Gone Girl.”
Raymond was a loving and endearing person who opened his heart to many. He bossed his sisters and they did exactly as he said. His personality left a lasting impression upon everyone that he came into contact with. He was not only a model figure to many but a favorite uncle as well. Holiday gatherings and cookouts were his favorites.
He leaves to cherish his loving memories with his spouse, Leola Stevenson, of the home; his children, Natarshua Stevenson, of Roanoke Rapids, and Lashika Stevenson, of Jackson; his grandchildren, Barry Coates Jr. (Duke) and Tytiana Pope (Dog-Gone Girl); a god-daughter, Arquasia Kee; a brother that proceeded him in death Whalon Boone; and a son that preceded him in death, Darryl Stevenson.
The siblings left to cherish his memories are, Sulence Motley, Gloria Stevenson and her fiancé, Henry, of Jackson, Clinton Stevenson Jr. and wife, Yvonne, of New Jersey; two aunts, Ola Barber, of Jackson, and Alice Stevenson, of Seaboard; brothers and sister-in-laws, William Grant and wife, Evelyn, whom he called “Ms. Kennedy,” Thelma Weaver, Lucinda M. Squire, Ester Mae Boone, George Powell, William Powell and wife, Connie, and the late Lannie Clanton. The late Thurman Motley, the late Patricia Grant Powell, the late Lucille Powell, the late Ricky Powell and the late Robert Lee Grant. A host of nieces and nephews that treated him like he was a king. Two long time best friends, Willie Petterson Sr., who was his bestman when he married Leola, and Stewart Harrell, of Jackson where he spent many hours laughing and having a good time. He also shared a special bond with their wives, Clara and Mary Ann. A very special person whom he loved liked a sister, Eunice Peterson, whom he called “First Lady Bush.” A very special young man whom he spoke highly about, Jerry Daniel, from the mill. A host of loving and caring cousins and a host of dear friends.
There will be a private immediate family viewing at 12:30 p.m. and a public viewing will be held from 1 to 7 p.m., today, Friday, July 13, at Coleman Funeral Home in Garysburg, which is handling the arrangements.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 14, at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson with the Rev. Dr. Carroll Dickens officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.colemanfh.com.
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