Mitchell Elliott Stephens, 78, of the Smyrna community of Whiteville, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Whiteville.
Final rites were Monday at Worthington Funeral Home with the Rev. Ted Riedel and the Rev. Troy Goss officiating. Interment followed in the Smyrna Baptist Church Cemetery in Whiteville.
He was the husband of the late Elizabeth "Lib" Brown Stephens and the son of the late Normie and Lora Purvis Stephens. He was also preceded in death by two siblings, Veatus S. Goins and Genair Stephens.
He is survived by a daughter, Ramona S. Long of Chadbourn; a son, Terry Elliott Stephens of Ocean Isle Beach; two sisters, Elois S. Bass of Whiteville and Merle Baxley of Monroe; a brother, Taft Stephens of Fayetteville; and three grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Lifecare Center, 206 Warrior Trail, Whiteville, NC 28472 or to Camp United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 776, Shallotte, NC 28459.