Daniel Edwin Stevenson, 73, of the Douglass Community in Blackstock, SC passed away on Sunday, August 29, 2021. Born in Winnsboro, he was the beloved son of the late James Edwin and Margaret Phillips Stevenson. He later lived in Columbia and Camden before moving to Douglass.
A devout Catholic, Mr. Stevenson, was one of the founding families of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, in Columbia, where he played guitar and sang in the choir for many years. He had also been a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Camden and St. Theresa’s in Winnsboro.
Mr. Stevenson was a member of the National Guard. He graduated from Erskine College and worked with the Commission for the Blind, the Juvenile Justice system, the Governor's Office, and NCR and retired after working with the State Budget and Control Board. He also studied linguistics and presented his contextual dialogue prompter at Carnegie Melon with his son, Edwin.
Mr. Stevenson was a lifelong musician. He was a member of “The Dynamic Chantelles”, a ten-piece rhythm and blues beach music band from Winnsboro, and also of the folk music band, “Strawberry Jam”. He wrote articles under the pen name “Rusty Strings” and had poems published in multiple publications. He also enjoyed performing music at the Galleria and at lunches for the Council on Aging when he lived in Camden. Mr. Stevenson was an active member of the Camden Poet’s Society where he cherished the time he spent there, especially with his mother, Margaret, as they both shared their poems.
He loved his children and was proud of their accomplishments. He also loved being out in the country at the Stevenson farm where he and his brother spent time with his father and uncle growing up. He passed this love of the country on to his children. He was a ginseng farmer who liked creating natural remedies, a bit of a rock hound and an advocate of saving monarch butterflies. He will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his daughter, Rachel Elizabeth Stevenson; son, Edwin Marion Jeffers Stevenson; brother, Eben Stevenson (Carolyn); sister, Kathryn Stevenson Funderburk (Steve Lakey); cousins, Lee Roy Hanna (Mary), Susan Bolick, Doug Stevenson (Poonum), Robert Stevenson (Dunya), Sandra Phillips (Ashley), Cathy Phillips, Henry Phillips, Thomas Phillips and Mary Louise Gordon Fountain; niece, Tiffany Maples (Brantley); nephews, Trey Funderburk (Chance), Michael Hanna (Jo) and Phillip Hanna (Katie); and his aunt, Gertrude Stevenson.
The family wants to thank and remember the Woodard and Rodgers families who we love and consider family for all their care throughout his life. Mr. Stevenson often fondly remembered the care he received from the late Mrs. Louise Woodard. We are especially grateful for the love, care and friendship of Donald Woodard and Janet Rodgers.
Special thanks go to Dr. Keith Bridgers, Dr. Charles Thompson, Dr. Christopher Huffman, the staff of the Emergency Department and Cardiac ICU at Providence Health in Columbia, Pruitt Home Health, the Knights of Columbus, Transfiguration Church, Meals on Wheels, and Delores and Gary Reeves for all the wonderful care, support and kindness they gave to Daniel and his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Daniel’s memory to St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, 162 US-321 BYP, Winnsboro, SC 29180, Fairfield County Council on Aging, 210 East Washington Street, Winnsboro, SC 29180, or a charity of your choice.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Pope Funeral Home is assisting the Stevenson family.
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St. Theresa Catholic Church
PO Box 1004, Winnsboro SC 29180
Fairfield County Council on Aging
210 E. Washington Street, Winnsboro SC 29180