Stephenson, John

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Rev. John Edward Stephenson COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. The Rev. John Edward Stephenson, 98, a longtime resident of Charlotte, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. Born July 10, 1915, in Dunkirk, Delaware County, Indiana, to James O. and Gladys M. Stephenson, he was the second of six children, all of whom have preceded him in death. He moved to North Carolina in 1945, as the first Minister of the Northside Church of the Nazarene. He also ministered for the First Church of the Nazarene, Kannapolis and later for the People Methodist Church, Charlotte. During his years in North Carolina, he not only was a minister but also worked as a General Contractor and later as a licensed electrician. He is survived by two sons, Elvin E. Stephenson and wife, Linda, of Lakeland, Fla. and David L. Stephenson and his partner, Miss Jody Jones, of Cedar Park, Texas; one daughter, Barbara A. McClure and husband, Melvin, of Olathe, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. A private family memorial service was held Monday, Sept. 16, in the Dunkirk Church of the Nazarene. He will be laid to rest in the Dunkirk IOOF Cemetery, Dunkirk, Ind., where his parents and grandparents are also buried. At the time of his passing he was a resident of the Union Printers Home, Colorado Springs, Colo.

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