LUGOFF - A memorial service to celebrate the life of Billie Carolyn Stevenson will be held at 11 a.m. at Saluda River Baptist Church in West Columbia on Monday, December 17. The family will host a reception in the church Fellowship Hall immediately following the service. Billie died on December 8, 2012 after a long illness. The Rev. Dr. Charles Westbrook will officiate the service.
Born in Columbia on July 7, 1929, to the late Bright L. Stevenson, Sr. and Edna Staton Stevenson, Billie developed a strong love for the outdoors, animals and gardening. As a youngster, she won many awards from showing her father's Guernsey cows. A graduate of University High School, she also attended Florida State University. Being of great tenacity, Billie enjoyed working on farms and at Conder's Stockyard, then later worked at Columbia Office Supply, retired from Wachovia Bank, and then continued to work at Shakespeare Monofilament. She loved God, was lovingly generous frequently sharing, with others, items that she had made, baked or cooked. She loved being with family and friends, working in her yard and garden, growing orchids and until just days before she died being outdoors. She was member of Saluda River Baptist Church.
Billie is survived by sons Billy L. Stevenson (Nancy) of Hopkins, Robert "Shorty" Dougherty (Lynne) of Hodges, Timothy Dougherty of Lugoff and daughters, Margaret Eller (Joe) of Lugoff and Dottie Robinson (Jim) of Savannah, Ga. She is also survived by brother, Bright Stevenson, Jr. of Eastover, half-brothers Jimmy (Jessica) Stevenson of Chapin, Robert Stevenson of Las Vegas, John Stevenson of Greenville; sisters Mildred Lomas of Columbia and Iris Waters of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; grandchildren, Melissa Colvin Linville, Justin Dougherty, Candice Carlton (Ken), Melanie Farrant (David), David Hughes, Elizabeth Hughes; 2 step-granddaughters, Tammy Maddox (Archie), Lisa Lee (Todd); 2 great-grandchildren, Colvin Linville, Caroline Linville; great-aunt Lib Staton of Darlington; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Billie was predeceased by son Daniel Dougherty; sister Doris Stevenson, sisters and brothers-in-law Frances and Norman Scott, Hugh and Alida Armstrong; and brothers-in-law Blake Lomas and E.B. "Speck" Waters.
The family would like to express appreciation for the loving care Billie received from the staff at South Winds, Agape Hospice Camden, The Haven and NHC Parklane. In lieu of flowers, Billie requested that memorials be made to Saluda River Baptist Church, 3459 Sunset Blvd., W. Columbia, SC 29169; or the charity of one's choice.