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Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

3926 Devine St, Columbia, SC

OBITUARY

Nathaniel Craig Stephens

December 11, 1987August 9, 2019

Nathaniel Craig Stephens, 31, of Columbia, passed away Friday, August 9.

Born in Dillon, SC on December 11, 1987, Nate was the son of Michael and Robin Smith Stephens. In addition to his parents, Nate is survived by his siblings, Brett (Beth) Stephens of Maryville, TN, Caroline Stephens of Columbia, and Sally (Dave) Brogan of San Francisco, CA; grandparents, Mary C. Stephens of Dillon and Temp Smith of Lake View; nieces and nephew, Ella, Sadie and Ben Stephens of Maryville, TN; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Nate attended Dreher and Dillon High Schools, was a partner of Henry’s Restaurant and Bar, and was loved by all who knew him. Nate entered any room the same way he entered this world—with a gravitational force that instantly drew everyone’s attention and affection. Nate fiercely loved and protected his family and friends, and they adored him in equal measure. He was warm, loyal, quick-witted and generous. Nate loved and celebrated his people, and nothing gave him more joy than spending time with his bountiful supply of beloved family and friends. He made every occasion more vibrant with his brilliant sense of humor, infectious smile and contagious laugh. There will never be a day that he is not missed by those who loved him.

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Nate will be held on Sunday, August 25 at 5:30pm at Central Energy in Columbia.

Services

25 August

Celebration of Life

5:30 pm

Central Energy

2030 Gregg Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Memories

Nathaniel Craig Stephens

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Mac & Joy Lee

August 17, 2019

Dear Michael and Robin,
We can't imagine what you're going through, but you're in our thoughts and prayers.
Mac & Joy

Melanie Baker

August 16, 2019

I’m so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of y’all at this difficult time. Prayers and peace to all of you.

Sharon Martin

August 16, 2019

Nate, I loved meeting you at Sally and Dave's wedding. I'm so glad your light entered my life during that special weekend <3

Wanda Crotwell

August 15, 2019

Robin, I am at a complete loss of words to express how deeply saddened I am over this tragic news. My heart and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May the God of peace, love and compassion wrap his loving arms around each of you and hold you during the days, months, weeks and years ahead. All my love, Wanda.

Linda Salane

August 15, 2019

Robin, Michael, Brett, Caroline and Sally-
When I think of your family, I remember joy. We are aching at your loss. Your memorial captured his spirit. You are all in our hearts.

Lill Mood

August 15, 2019

Robin, I am just learning of your tragic loss, and I am deeply saddened. My heart is with you and your family. I hope that you feel all the love that surrounds you.
Love, Lill

Lyn Hensel

August 15, 2019

This picture captures the Nate I knew. Nate was a part of my family for many years. He never hesitated to help me with anything at the house or lake always with a smile. He was fun to be around and participated in many of my family's celebrations. My heart and soul hurts for his family and friends. I know his family will endure these tough and dark days with the support of his many friends,
Lyn Howell Hensel

Caitlin Merck Bockman

August 14, 2019

My favorite memory was of all of us playing in orchestra together in middle and high school—the best was when we convinced Mr. McCants to let us perform Bohemian Rhapsody as our eighth grade performance. It was so much fun and that was just Nate-fun, friendly, and deeply silly. I hate that he’s gone. He is and will be deeply missed.

Beren South

August 14, 2019

Nate always had such a genuine kindness about him, going all the way back to middle school. I’ll always remember that about him. So sad to hear he’s passed. I know he’ll be missed.

Amanda Cook

August 14, 2019

I will never forget his smile an the way he always made sure everyone was alright !! He was the light of the room when he walked in ... He was a joy to be around.. I'm so blessed to have met such a kind good hearted an sweet person !!! Rest easy Nate dawg ... u will forever be in our hearts 💓!!

FROM THE FAMILY