David Christopher Stephens
SAVANNAH, GA -- Mr. Stephens departed this life at the age of 37, on September 24, 2005 in Columbia, SC. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 28th at 10 am. at University Park Baptist Church-South in Pineville, NC. Viewing will be held at 9 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will be immediately followed at the family grave site in Savannah, GA at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Stephens was a graduate of Tuskegee University, where he became affiliated with the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Married for 10 years to his wife, Maria Nicole, he relocated to the Charlotte area for a second time to continue his prosperous career in the corporate arena. Once here, he founded ROI Executive Consulting Group, Inc., and completed his Executive MBA from McColl School of Business at Queen's University. He was a devout Christian who was a faithful member of University Park Baptist Church along with his family. He was a respected and cherished member of the Charlotte community.
He is now reunited with his brother, Johnnie J. Stephens, III.
His memory lingers in the heart of his wife, Maria, and his three daughter, Sydney (6), Lola (4) and Olivia (3). Also mourning are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie J. Stephens, Jr., his brother, Byron Bright, and his children, Delton and Teri, his grandmothers, Mrs. Anna Stephens, Mrs. Bernice Brayboy, his Godparents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hill, his uncles, Mr. Vincent Garvin, Mr. Jimmie Stephens, Mr. Jasper Brayboy, Jr., Mr. Rudy Brayboy and great uncle, Mr. Ricky Holden, his aunts, Ms. Paulette Stephens and Ms. Doris Ezell, 3 nieces, Yolanda Townsend, Mary Katherine Townsend, and Teri Bright, and 1 nephew, Delton Bright. He is also survived by his in-law, the Reverend and Mrs. Moses D. Townsend and sisters-in-law, Miriam A. Townsend and Mary M. Townsend, and a host of cousins, dear friends and colleagues.
Memorials can be made in the form of donations to the scholarship fund for the benefit of Olivia, Lola, and Sydney Stephens, sponsored by Dillingham and Taylor Wealth Management.
A.L. Jinwright Funeral Service will be serving the Stephens Family.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Sept. 27, 2005