Robert Samuel Stevens Jr, 90, formerly of Lynchburg and Roanoke, V. and suburban Atlanta, Ga., passed away on June 10, 2020 at Clay County Care Center.
Born in Lynchburg on Feb. 27, 1930, Bob was the only son of Robert Samuel Stevens Sr. and Annie Laurie Carson Stevens. In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased in February 2020 by his loving wife of 63 years, Rosemary Naff Stevens; his first wife of seven years, Dallie Bremer Stevens; his son, Robert Samuel Stevens, III (Karen Ann); his grandson, Robert Justin Stevens (Elizabeth); and his sister Anne Stevens Thaxton (Charles). He is survived by his daughter Deborah Stevens Hamilton (Dale), of Blacksburg, Va.; his devoted son, David Parke Stevens, of Hayesville; his grandson, Damon Andrew Stevens (Karen), of Arlington, Va.; his great-grandchildren Magdalena and Jackson Stevens; and several nieces and nephews.
He attended Campbell County, Virginia schools graduating with honors and was engaged in many state and national enterprises related to agriculture including being named Star Farmer of the South in 1949 after serving as President of the Virginia Future Farmers of America in 1948 and later serving in the early 1950s on the Virginia Agricultural Commission.
In subsequent years, Bob was an executive sales manager and spent the last 25 years of his business career in suburban Atlanta before retiring to Hayesville in 1991, with a five year interval in Burlington, N.C.
He enjoyed his church, Hayesville First United Methodist, his family and the maintenance of his small farm, “Meadow Ridge.”
Banister-Cooper Funeral Home in Hiawassee, Ga. is handling arrangements. The family wishes to thank the medical doctors, nurses and certified nursing assistants in Hayesville and Murphy and Blairsville, Ga. who patiently offered help to Bob over the past decade. Special thanks to the very kind doctors, nurses and staff at Clay County Care Center who worked diligently over the past two and a half weeks to provide care and comfort.