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Hillard Bernard "Steve" Stevens
August 26, 1942 ~ January 8, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Deacon Hillard Bernard Stevens, Sr., 81, of Union, SC, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 8, 2024 at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Hospice Home. A native of Union County, SC, he was born on August 26, 1942 to the late Mamie Louise Cheek Stevens and Reuben Stevens, Sr. He was preceded in death, along with his parents by two sisters Myrtle Hampton and Ruby Gilliam, and two brothers John Wesley Stevens and Reuben Stevens, Jr.
He will be remembered with adoration by his devoted wife Jacqueline Gilliam Stevens, a son Hillard Stevens, Jr. (Dawn), a daughter April Watkins (Daryl), a sister Ruth McMorris, bonus daughters RoMeka Smith and RoMisha Smith, sisters-in-laws Dora Mae Stevens, Linda Gilliam (Calvin Payton), and Betty Woodard (Ralph), eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters-in-laws, and other relatives who loved and admired their Pop-Pop, Papa and Uncle Steve.
Known for his kind and gentle approach, despite his strength and size, he was an avid hunter, enjoyed fishing and traveling, and was skilled with his hands performing auto repair and handyman tasks. His favorite pastimes were watching his beloved Dallas Cowboys and Westerns (Gunsmoke and Tales of Wells Fargo specifically). Mr. Stevens worked as a company truck driver with Cone Mills Corporation for 40 years and retired with an impeccable safety record.
He was a God-fearing man who kept his word and had a huge impact on his family, friends, and the wider community. He instilled a strong moral compass, work ethic, and sense of self-worth in his children and grands and made sure he spoke with them daily. He so cherished his wife and they cared for and doted over each other like they were newly married. Hillard leaves a legacy of exemplary defining qualities and acts of service. Although we feel an immense loss, we are blessed to carry and amplify our most fond and dear memories of him forever.
Arrangements entrusted to Community Mortuary, Inc., 361 Meansville Road P. O. Box 1156. Union, SC 29379-1156.