Raymond Berry Stephens

Raymond Berry Stephens, age 78, of Maysville passed away Monday, October 10, 2005. He was born March 3, 1927 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, son of the late Berry and Sunee Stephens. He was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Stephens, brother, Michael Stephens, and his infant son, Jon Stephens. He is survived by: wife, Helen Walker Stephens; son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Mona Stephens of Dacula, GA; son, Bill Stephens of Lilburn, GA, son, Jim Stephens of Maysville, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Joi and Gregory Treadwell of Lawrenceville, GA; adopted son, David Corbin of Maysville; grandchildren, Elliot Stephens, Adam and Christi Stephens, Cori and Chuck Miller, Jeremy Treadwell; great-grandchild, Matthew Miller; sisters and brothers-in-law, Joanne and Jack Vess and Dot and Bobby Bridges; many nephews, nieces and cousins. Mr. Stephens had worked in accounting for various Atlanta firms including Fulton National Bank, First National Bank, and E.T. Barwick Mills. Ray's primary interests included family, church, and gardening. Over the years, he was a member of the American Hemerocallis Society, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, and the Georgia Hosta Society. Recently he was recognized as a founding member of the Georgia Hosta Society. Other hobbies and interests included family genealogy, music, and painting. Ray graduated from Berry College in Rome, Georgia where he met his wife, Helen. He and his wife, Helen Walker Stephens, belonged to Maysville First Baptist Church and prior to their move in 2000 to Banks County, had been members of Briarlake Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. From 1951 to 2000, the Stephens family had lived in Chamblee and then the Tucker community within metro Atlanta. The family will receive visitors on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 at Little-Ward Funeral Home in Commerce. The funeral services will be held on October 13, 2005 at 11:00 am at Maysville Baptist Church. The Reverend Brian Stowe will officiate. Burial will be at Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville. Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce in charge of arrangements, 706-335-3175.