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Larry Brown Stevenson, 94, of Winnsboro, S.C., passed away on January 1, 2024. A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, January 5, 2024, at First United Methodist Church, 109 West College St., Winnsboro, S.C. A reception and visitation with the family will take place in the church fellowship hall immediately after the service. Interment will be held for the family at a later date.
Larry was born in Winnsboro on April 16, 1929, to William James Stevenson and Beulah Foxworth Stevenson. He attended high school in Bishopville, S.C. before returning to Winnsboro for his senior year and graduated from high school at Mt. Zion Institute. He attended the University of South Carolina. He proudly served in the United States Navy as a Navy Seabee in the Philippines and Japan from 1950 to 1954. During his military service, Larry earned the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal; however, he was most proud of, and his family and friends were most surprised by, his award of a Good Conduct Medal.
Upon returning to the United States from his overseas military service, Larry made Winnsboro his home for the next 69 years. He spent the majority of those years working as a master carpenter and then as a general contractor in his own business, Stevenson Builders, Inc. Larry had an impeccable and unmatched talent of working with his hands to both create and build wooden keepsakes that family members will forever treasure. He officially retired at the age of 80 and was often heard saying that he never worked a day in his life because his job involved doing what he loved.
Larry married Nancy Goudelock on June 30, 1996. Through their extended courtship, they were blessed to know and love one another for 50 years. At the time of his death, Larry and Nancy were happily married for 27 years. Their enduring love was surely a contributing factor to Larry’s longevity of life and joy for living.
Prior to his extended courtship and marriage to Nancy, Larry was also blessed by his marriage of 18 years to Dorothy Roberts “Cissie” Stevenson, who died at the age of 41 years old having shared four wonderful children with Larry. Nancy also brought four children to the commencement of their relationship. As a dedicated and loving family man, Larry embraced his blended family as one, which is fondly referred to as the “Stevelocks.” Being a husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather was considered his life’s most treasured blessing. It is often said that he raised a village, and he did it gloriously. His legacy will endure through the everlasting character, compassion, empathy, and love displayed by his blended family to each other and to others.
With his quick wit and charm, Larry often filled the house with joy and laughter when sharing various stories of his younger days. The art of storytelling was one of his many gifts. As an avid historian, he took any opportunity to learn and discuss the history of his country and of his hometown. Larry shared this wealth of knowledge with his family and friends. He seemed to never meet a stranger, and he always made his friends feel like part of his family. He enjoyed fellowship with the men in his life when they would come together at what was referred to as the “Circle of Knowledge.” Through the years, he created memorable experiences with everyone while he captained Old Dora, his wooden sailboat that he lovingly restored and sailed on Lake Wateree.
Time spent and shared at the lake, on family vacations, at his second home in Beaufort, at the beach, and at events such as family weddings brought such happiness to his life and to the lives of so many others. Nothing brought him more joy than to have all of his family members gather under one roof for special occasions. Most enjoyable was the time spent with his wife, Nancy, as they traveled together and welcomed visits at their home from family and friends.
Simply put, to know Larry was to love him. Larry’s integrity, wisdom and kindness impacted all who knew and loved him. He graciously and generously gave his time and talents selflessly for the benefit and advancement of so many others. From his family, there are no adequate words to express how deeply he was loved and how much he will truly be missed. “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21.
Larry was predeceased by his first wife, Cissie; his parents, Will and Beulah; his brothers, David Stevenson, Wesley Stevenson, and Buddy Stevenson; and his sister, Lola Stevenson Dove.
Larry is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Nancy Goudelock Stevenson, and their eight beloved children, Gail Stevenson Lyles (Jamie), Larry Brown “Bubba” Stevenson, Jr., James Russell Goudelock, II (Diedri), William Ferguson “Bill” Goudelock, Jr. (Dean), Cheryl Stevenson Russell (Steve), Amy Stevenson Ware, Stewart Chandler Goudelock, and David Vandiver Goudelock (Tonja). Honored with the endearing name of Papaw, Larry is also survived by twelve grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by his cherished friend, Tim Marthers, who Larry considered another son.
In lieu of flowers, those who loved Larry may make memorial contributions to First United Methodist Church, to the American Cancer Society, or to a charity of one’s choice. The family wishes to express sincere appreciation to the dedicated staff at MUSC Health Columbia Medical Center Downtown who cared for and comforted Larry and the family so tenderly in his final days.
Pope Funeral Home is assisting the Stevenson family. The celebration of life service will be live streamed on Pope Funeral Home’s Facebook page.
First United Methodist Church
109 W. College Street, Winnsboro SC 29180