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Helen Lee Johnson

December 18, 1934 ~ October 28, 2020

Services will be held: November 1, 2020

Naomi Jeanette Hord Thornton

April 12, 1932 ~ October 28, 2020

Services will be held: Private

Allyson Nicole Puskar

September 20, 1980 ~ October 25, 2020

Services will be held: November 7, 2020

Vara Hayes Fish

September 22, 1930 ~ October 27, 2020

Services will be held: October 30, 2020

Wayne Beale Lewter, Sr.

July 20, 1939 ~ October 27, 2020

Services will be held: October 31, 2020

Justin Tyler White

November 09, 1990 ~ October 22. 2020

Services will be held: November 8, 2020

Madge Lorraine Conis Creasy

Dec. 2, 1922 ~ Oct. 25, 2020

Services will be held:

Bonifacio Diego Gomez

June 5, 1974 ~ October 24, 2020

Services will be held: October 28, 2020

Robert “Earl” Stephens

April 22, 1943 ~ September 17, 2020

CHALYBEATE SPRINGS– Robert Earl Stephens, 77, passed away at his home on Thursday. Born in New Hanover County, he was the son of the late Robert Lee and Irene Snipes Stephens. Earl was a graduate of Campbell University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. He retired after 32 years of employment as an underwriter with Nationwide Insurance in Raleigh. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #258 A.F. and A.M. in Fuquay-Varina. Earl was a longtime member of Chalybeate Springs Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He enjoyed spending time with his “Bojangles Social Club” at Bojangles in Fuquay-Varina.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, September 20th at 3:00 PM at Chalybeate Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, Fuquay-Varina. Earl will lie in state on Saturday, September 19th from 2:00-5:00 PM for anyone that would like to pay their respects and sign the register. No family will be present during this time. Social distancing and the wearing of a mask is encouraged.

Earl is survived by his wife of 57 years, Harriette M. Stephens; aunt and uncle, Eloise and Wiley Snipes; his constant kitty cat companion, Coonie.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Robert Alexander Stephens and his sister, Patsy Stephens Arnold.


September 19, 2020

2:00-5:00 PM

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home
300 E. McIver St. Angier, NC 27501

The above mentioned visitation is for anyone that would like to pay their respects and sign the register. No family will be present during this time. Social distancing and the wearing of a mask is encouraged.


September 20, 2020

3:00 PM

Chalybeate Springs Baptist Church Cemetery
238 Chalybeate Rd. Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

Family and friends are encouraged to observe social distancing and wear a mask for the graveside service.



    So very sorry to hear about Earl. He was a very special man . His Bojangles visits put a smile on everyone. A heart of gold he had. Thought and prays are with you now and always. R.I.P. EARL 🙏🙏♥️

  2. Glenda Johnson

    I worked with Earl at Nationwide and what a Christian gentleman he was. My husband Randall was a member of the “Bojangles” club and really enjoyed Earl’s attendance there. We both thought the world of Earl. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you Harriette and your family. We will make a donation to Chalybeate Springs Baptist Church in Earl and Alex’s memories. We love you and may God wrap his loving arms around you and give you strenght during this difficult time.

  3. Lisa Quigg


    I’m so very saddened by the passing of Earl. He will be greatly missed by his family and I hope you know we are all here for you during this changing difficult time. Sorry I can’t be there in person to pay my respects as I was always honored that you all always ask about me and my family and Earl was always so kind to us all. I will be thinking of you and will see you soon when I am in NC – much love – Lisa

  4. JULIE Hampton

    Some bright morning when this earth is over I’ll fly away. That’s what Earl did on September 17, 2020. He went home to the arms of Jesus. We love you Mr. Earl and we all will be seeing you sometime in our future. Tell Jesus hello and thank you for gracing us with your life and presence for 77 years. You are going to be really missed.

  5. Edward (Ed) Hammond

    I just lost a very good friend. He was a good person and will be missed by many people. I enjoyed visiting with him at Bojangles.

  6. Betty Jo Arnold

    We are SO sorry to hear of Earl’s passing! He had such a big heart, and interest in people…always asked us how our son’s ministry is going. We’re sure he was welcomed home by the Lord, with a “welcome home, good and faithful servant”. Love and prayers for your comfort, Rudy & Betty Jo Arnold

  7. Tommy Patrick

    Earl was a friend and brother mason sorry for your loss.

  8. Adonna Dickens

    I am so sorry for your lost Harriette . Earl was a very nice man to have worked with at Nationwide Insurance. He had the respect of everyone who knew him. God be with you
    and your family. Just keep all your memories of Earl close to you heart and know that one
    day you will be together again.

    Adonna Dickens

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