Shirley L. Steverson
August 28, 1933 – May 12, 2020
Shirley L. Steverson, age 86, of Florence, South Carolina passed away on Tuesday May 12, 2020. Shirley was born August 28, 1933.
Predeceased by her parents Mildred Brown Lewis and James L Lewis and brother Maynard Lewis. Survived by her loving husband of 66 years Bobby Byrd Steverson . Beloved by her children; Deborah Kay Steverson Hayden( Mark ) of Charleston, SC., James Robert Steverson (Susan Poznick ) of Greenwood, SC., Brian Keith Steverson( Adriane ) of Spokane, WA., and Pamela Ann Steverson Rainwater( Stuart ) of Florence, SC. Cherished by grandchildren Langley Steverson Martinez( Rogelio ) of Clarksville, TN.,Caroline Steverson of Clarksville, TN., Brianne Rainwater Haynes( Mason ) of Florence, SC. and Great Grandchildren; Elena Louise Martinez, Hugo James Martinez and baby girl Martinez on the way.
Her fondest childhood memories were walking barefoot in freshly tilled soil and family gatherings with singing and old fashioned music playing. Her life ambitions were to be a good wife to her husband and a good mother to her children. Shirley took pride in raising her four children and three grandchildren and seeing them graduate from college and pursue their dreams. Her proudest career accomplishments included working in the schools while her children were growing up and, later in life, managing the office of John B. Williams, Attorney at Law. She enjoyed spending time at the beach and was an accomplished bowler.
Due to the covid19 situation a private Life Well Celebrated Service for Shirley will be held Friday, May 15, 2020 at 2:30 PM at Carolina Memorial Gardens, 7113 Rivers Ave. North Charleston, South Carolina 29406.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Susan G Komen For The Cure, or the Alzheimer's Association. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.carolinamemorial.com for the Steverson family.
A Life Lived Well Memorial Service at Carolina Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Friday, May 15, 2020
Burial at Carolina Memorial Park, 7113 Rivers Ave. North Charleston, SC
Shirley L. Steverson
May 22, 2020
Thirty-six years ago, the Shirl had to say goodbye to me. I had decided to pursue a life in academia. I wanted to be a Philosophy professor, of all damn things! Pursuing my dream meant that I would have to leave home, and most likely would not come back. Even though the Shirl knew that this meant she would not see me regularly ever again, when I told her what I wanted to do she said, "Go, do it, and never look back." I will never be able to imagine the courage it took for her to make that sacrifice for me, but it allowed me the chance to pursue the best possible life for me, and that's what the Shirl wanted most in the world.
I related this story to a good friend of mine who herself has three lovely kids. She replied by saying, "To sacrifice oneself for the good of your children is the fundamental principle and duty of parenting." I think she is right.
But, the thing with the Shirl was that she wanted the best possible life not just for her kids, but for everyone who entered her life, every soul that she befriended.
As I learned to say during my time in New Orleans, "Atta girl Shirl, atta girl!"
May 18, 2020
Denise & I are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. What a great lady! I feel sure my mom & her are catching up on things now.
John B. "Jack" Williams
May 14, 2020
As one goes through life one is blessed to know a few special people. One is further blessed if one has known an angel. "Miss Shirley" was the angel in my life. Dedicated, highly reliable and compassionate, she watched over me for many years. Being soft spoken and quiet, she did not talk a lot, but she did not have to. When she did speak it was always with thoughtfulness after carefully considering her words. The world is a much better place because of Shirley. Proverbs 31:10 describes a virtuous woman whose price is far above rubies. For Shirley, her price was far above diamonds. She has found much deserved peace and comfort while the rest of us are blessed to have known her.