STEVENS HENDERSON Ill was born October 5, 1945 to Virginia Mitchell Henderson and Stevens Henderson, Jr. in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the second child of five born to this union. Both parents and three sisters, Audrey Henderson, Lynne Henderson and Leatrice Henderson Jackson, preceded him in death.
In 1961, Stevens, along with the family relocated to St. Louis, Missouri. Stevens was educated in Lutheran private schools in Cleveland and later St. Louis Public Schools where he graduated from O'Fallon Technical High School in 1963. There he was an avid champion wrestler weighing in at 103 pounds. Stevens later enlisted in the Air Force in 1964 where he became a war veteran serving in Vietnam twice. His field of expertise there was Water Purification Technician and exiting with an honorable discharge. Upon returning home, he worked for Yellow Freight as a truck driver for thirty years and retired at the age of 52. As a young man still, he became an entrepreneur as a lawn mower technician and vending machine executive.
Stevens on January 21, 1967, united in holy matrimony to Era Jean Gamble. To this union two children were born. Era and Stevens lived to celebrate 52 years of marriage.
Stevens confessed a life in Christ at an early age. He was a P.K. (Pastor's Kid and Pastor's Grandkid) totally experiencing the word of God and giving praise. He attended Mt. Nebo Baptist Church under the leadership of his father, Zion Travelers and West End Mt. Carmel Baptist Churches under the leadership of his grandfather, Rev. Arthur Mitchell, and presently Truth and Grace Fellowship. He was ordained as a deacon and was currently head deacon with Truth and Grace Fellowship. He also sang tenor in the church choir and recorded with the singing group, "John Webb & Friends." He many times would say, "If I go today, the Lord has truly blessed me!"
Stevens was known throughout the city and everywhere he went for his outgoing personality which everyone loved. He was affectionately known as Uncle Steve by many. He loved the Lord. On January 7, 2020, His heavenly Father called him home and he is now in His presence. He leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife, Era Jean Henderson; one daughter, Cheryl Henderson Piece; one son, Reginald (TaTanisha) Henderson of Oklahoma; six grandchildren, Emirah Piece, Nahjah Taylor, Jaylen Henderson, Niah Piece, Demetria Golliday and Aiden Henderson; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Dr. Winnetta Henderson Ellis; one half brother, Mark Henderson of New Jersey; three half-sisters, Toni (Brian) Henderson Mayers, Stephanie (Rufus) Henderson Terrell, and Simone (Rodney) Henderson Jeffers of North Carolina; one Goddaughter, Candra Webb; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church family and friends.
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