Earl Stephenson, Sr., son of the late Hugh and Sarah Hill Stephenson departed this life February 9, 2019 in Portsmouth, Virginia. Earl accepted the Lord at an early age in Macedonia A.M.E. Church in Severn, North Carolina and later joined Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Portsmouth, Virginia. At Emanuel, he was affiliated with several ministries: Trustee, Steward Board and Transportation of the church.
He received an Associate Degree from Old Dominion University and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from Norfolk State University where he was involved in advanced studies in Urban Affairs. Earl taught electronics for a brief period in the Hampton Public School System. He retired from the Naval Reserve and was an active flight engineer as well as a helicopter pilot. Later, Earl retired from the Civil Service as an aircraft electronics analyst.
He was involved in various community activities including membership in the Industrial Education Society, NAS NORVA Flight Club and served as President of Stephenson Enterprise an electronics business consortium.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his devoted wife of 60 years, Ernell D. Stephenson; a son, Earl Stephenson, Jr., M.D., D.D.S.; a daughter-in-law, Regina Cannon, Esq.; a daughter, Sharon La Dawn Stephenson; and granddaughters: Taylor Diane Stephenson and Olivia Nicole Stephenson. Sisters: Evelyn Warren of Petersburg, VA, Margaret Jenkins (Herman) of Douglaston, N.Y. and Rosaline Diane Williams (Leroy) of Baltimore, MD. Three brothers: Hubert Stephenson (Louise) of Pendleton, NC; Joe Stephenson (Barbara) of Rocky Mount, NC and O’Neal Stephenson (Nettie) of Portsmouth, VA. He was preceded in death by brothers: Ulysses, Tragus and Robert Stephenson. Entombment Services will occur following the Memorial Service, at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Chesapeake, VA.