MEMPHIS - Mary E. Brown Stephenson, age 94, of Memphis, TN formerly of Shelby, MS, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at the Bright Glade Heath & Rehabilitation Center in Memphis.
Visitation will be held Monday July 20, 2015 from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM at Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland, MS. Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 PM in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at the Shelby Cemetery. Reverend Jimmy Breland and William "Steve" Stephenson will officiate the service.
Mary was born on April 29, 1921 to Upton and Fannie (Stephenson) Brown in Eupora, MS. She graduated from Pace High School where she was the class prophet. She met her husband William Vernon Stephenson in Memphis during WW II while attending Draughn's Business College. After the war ended they moved to Shelby, MS. Mary worked for Dr. Hollingsworth and Shelby Clinic for 40 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star in Shelby. She loved to sing, ballroom dance and was an amazing seamstress.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents Upton and Fannie Brown, her son William Rodney Stephenson, three sisters- JoAnn Beevers, Sue Craig and Willie Carwile, and one brother Thomas Brown.
Mary is survived by Daughters Julia S. Ormiston of Collierville, TN and Peggy S. Brown of Memphis, TN, her brother Noel Brown of Jacksonville, FL, and six grandchildren- Lynn S. Glick of Boise, ID, Steve Stephenson of Napa, ID, Barron Brown of Cordova, TN, Nick Brown of Memphis, TN, Jessie Hanks of Collierville, TN, and Rhea Douglas of Collierville, TN. She is survived by nine great grandchildren- Maddux Brown, Caden Stephenson, Taylor Stephenson, Kelsey Douglas, Will Douglas, Walker Douglas, Wyatt Douglas, Russell Hanks, and Charlie Hanks.
Honorary pallbearers are Steve Stephenson, Barron Brown, Nick Brown, Chad Douglas, Robbie Hanks, Butch Craig, Gregg Beevers, Terry Beevers, Rick Carwile, and Mike Carwile.
Memorials may be made to Smile Train, PO Box 96231 Washington, D.C. 20090-6231 or Make A Wish Foundation 1780 Moriah Woods Blvd. Suite 10 Memphis, TN 38117
Cleveland Funeral home is in charge of arrangements. The on-line guest register may be viewed and signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net