OBITUARY

Derek Ervin Stokes

July 18, 1959September 26, 2020
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Derek Ervin Stokes, 61, went to his Heavenly home September 26, 2020. A Celebration of his life will be held on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel at Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road with Father Ben Wells officiating. Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required for attendance. Following the service, a private family gathering will take place in the Memorial Gardens of St. Francis Episcopal Church. The family suggests that donations may be made to “Path to Shine”, in care of St. Francis Episcopal Church, 423 Forest Hill Road, Macon, Georgia 31210. Derek was born in Macon, Georgia. He is preceded in death by his father, John Ervin Stokes, niece, Ashlee Shea Haygood and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Norton and Mr. and Mrs. George Stokes. Derek is survived by his mother, Laverne Norton Stokes, sisters, Nancy Stokes Haygood (Shane) and Sylvia Stokes Lindsey (Steve), niece, Kaitlyn Haygood Fulcher (Cameron), nephews, Branden Côte (Femke) and Emory Lindsey, great-nephew, Caden Fulcher, and great-niece, Adalynn Fulcher. “Larger than Life” Derek was larger than life. He dreamed big and loved bigger. He loved cooking and feeding people. He was the first person in Macon to start a “Path to Shine,” an afterschool program and Vacation Bible School serving the children at Lynmore Estates. He believed every child should experience the joy of VBS and he never let a child go home hungry. Derek enjoyed gardening, watching his vegetables grow and caring for his birds and dogs. He loved watching the Atlanta Braves and Alabama “Roll Tide” football, and spending time with family and his great niece and nephew. He graduated from Windsor Academy in 1977 and The University of Alabama in 1981 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After graduating, he joined Macy’s as a buyer for children’s clothing and resided in Atlanta. Derek returned to Macon and continued serving his community as a Social Worker at the Rainbow Center and Daybreak for the homeless. He was a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church and served in many ministries including teaching Children’s Sunday School and cooking for Haitian Hope, Weekend Lunch to Feed the Homeless, youth and all other church gatherings.

Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express tributes. Snow’s memorial Chapel, Bass Road, has charge of arrangements.

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  • Derek is survived by his mother, Laverne Norton Stokes, sisters, Nancy Stokes Haygood (Shane) and Sylvia Stokes Lindsey (Steve), niece, Kaitlyn Haygood Fulcher (Cameron), nephews, Branden Côte (Femke) and Emory Lindsey, great-nephew, Caden Fulcher, and great-niece, Adalynn Fulcher.

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Jerri Hall

October 2, 2020

In high school, Derek was one of my best friends. Even though I was in the class ahead of him, Derek and I hung out together. We laughed together, we studied together, and mostly we just talked and listened to each other. Derek had such a kind soul and sweet heart, and he was always there for me no matter what bad decisions I made. Derek is the reason I have good memories of high school, and I and my family will miss him greatly. Derek, you are the brother that I never had, and I know heaven is a better place now that you are there.
Love,
Jerri (Whitehurst) Hall and Dad (Bobby Whitehurst)

Roslyn Webb

September 29, 2020

Ms. Lavern and family. So sorry to hear about Derek's passing. I have so many memories with Derek and the entire family. It puts a smile on my face thinking of them. So many years have past since Derek and I first met at the Lizella Ballpark at the young age of 6. We played in the mud while the Lizella Methodist women played softball. Some fun, good times at Windsor Academy. He will be missed. Love to all.

Rose Goette-Tu

September 29, 2020

My prayers and love are with my dear friend Verne and her family. What a beautiful home Derek has now with our Lord all mighty, reuniting with his Dad and other love ones. I know we will miss Derek but rejoice that God has relieved him of all his pain. May God bless the family and friends that Derek leaves behind.
Love Rose Goette-Turner

Diane Bass-Greene

September 29, 2020

Ms Laverne, Sylvia, Nancy and Family
Extending my sincere condolences in your loss.
Derek made a difference in every life he touched. What a kind soul he had.

Charles S

September 29, 2020

The family is in our thoughts and prayers. He was a special asset and blessing to his mother. God remembers.

Paula Bennett

September 28, 2020

Sylvia, Nancy & Ms Laverne,

I was so sorry to hear that Derek had passed away. I recall when he started at Alabama & before long Bama items were showing up at the Norton & Stokes station on Hawkinsville Rd! Shortly after, most of the family were “Roll Tide” fans in the middle of UGA territory!

I’ll always remember him being around the softball fields & playing on the guys’ 18 & under team in Warner Robins in the state tournament with my younger brother, Greg, & lots of other South Macon boys in 1977. Derek was a hoot talking about some of the line drives that whizzed by his head on the pitcher’s mound that weekend!

Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you. Blessings to you as you adjust to the void that has been created by Derek’s absence. Much love to each.
Paula & Steve Bennett

susan winter

September 28, 2020

Nancy and family, I am so very sorry for your sad loss. I know he will be missed and he knows how much he was loved. He sounds like a very special person. God Bless You All....

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Biography

Derek Ervin Stokes, 61, went to his Heavenly home September 26, 2020. A Celebration of his life will be held on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel at Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road with Father Ben Wells officiating. Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required for attendance. Following the service, a private family gathering will take place in the Memorial Gardens of St. Francis Episcopal Church. The family suggests that donations may be made to “Path to Shine”, in care of St. Francis Episcopal Church, 423 Forest Hill Road, Macon, Georgia 31210.

Derek was born in Macon, Georgia. He is preceded in death by his father, John Ervin Stokes, niece, Ashlee Shea Haygood and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Norton and Mr. and Mrs. George Stokes. Derek is survived by his mother, Laverne Norton Stokes, sisters, Nancy Stokes Haygood (Shane) and Sylvia Stokes Lindsey (Steve), niece, Kaitlyn Haygood Fulcher (Cameron), nephews, Branden Côte (Femke) and Emory Lindsey, great-nephew, Caden Fulcher, and great-niece, Adalynn Fulcher.

“Larger than Life”
Derek was larger than life. He dreamed big and loved bigger. He loved cooking and feeding people. He was the first person in Macon to start a “Path to Shine,” an afterschool program and Vacation Bible School serving the children at Lynmore Estates. He believed every child should experience the joy of VBS and he never let a child go home hungry. Derek enjoyed gardening, watching his vegetables grow and caring for his birds and dogs. He loved watching the Atlanta Braves and Alabama “Roll Tide” football, and spending time with family and his great niece and nephew.

He graduated from Windsor Academy in 1977 and The University of Alabama in 1981 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After graduating, he joined Macy’s as a buyer for children’s clothing and resided in Atlanta. Derek returned to Macon and continued serving his community as a Social Worker at the Rainbow Center and Daybreak for the homeless. He was a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church and served in many ministries including teaching Children’s Sunday School and cooking for Haitian Hope, Weekend Lunch to Feed the Homeless, youth and all other church gatherings.

Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express tributes.
Snow’s memorial Chapel, Bass Road, has charge of arrangements.

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