Rudolph Stephenson, affectionately known as 'Big Rudy', was born to the late William Henry Stephenson and Dorothy Jordan Stephenson on Tuesday, July 5, 1955 in Margarettsville (Northampton County), North Carolina.
At an early age, Rudolph joined Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Margarettsville, North Carolina. He also received his formal education by attending Northampton County Public Schools. Later in life, Rudolph started working at Union Camp, which was brought out by International Paper for over 20 years until his retirement. One of his favorite hobbies was riding motorcycles - he enjoyed it so much that he joined the Mid-Knight Raiders Bike Club. He loved to be with family and friends joking, having fun and eating. He had a friendly and kind demeanor that will be missed by all.
You never said I'm leaving, You never said goodbye. You were gone before we knew it and only God knew why. A million times we needed you, A million times we’ve cried, if love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. In life we loved you dearly. In death we love you still. In our hearts we hold a place that only you can fill, It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn't go alone as part of us went with you the day God took you home. On Thursday, January 21, 2020 while in the care of Vidant North Hospital of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, Rudolph exchanged this life for eternal rest. He is now reunited with those who preceded in death: his wife, Terri Chatmon Stephenson; parents, William Henry and Dorothy Stephenson; siblings, Delois Stephenson Justice, Maurice Rogers, Wayne, Anthony and Stanley Stephenson.
We little knew that day, God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, In death, we do the same. You left us beautiful memories, Your love is still our guide. And although we cannot see you, You are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, And nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. We who remain to hold our earthly chain together and to cherish Rudolph’s memories are: his daughter, Shameka Saxon of Franklin, VA; son, Stanley Stephenson of Raleigh, NC; children-at-heart, Deon Chatmon (Shelia) of Raleigh, NC, Cassandra, Darneil and Keonda Chatmon all of Emporia, VA and Harold Dawson, Jr. of Boykins, VA; grandchildren, Na'Quan, Shamar, Kierra, Ebony, Malic, Shakierra, Shatice, Kevin Jr., Kalyan, Kahlani and K-len; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Henry Stephenson (Mona) of Margarettsville, NC; two sisters, Brenda Harris (Larry) of Margarettsville, NC and Dorothy Brooks of Seaboard, NC; two aunts, Vivian Blunt of Margarettsville, NC and Sylvia Stephenson of Bronx, NY; sisters and brothers-in-law, Cynthia Tyler, Deborah Smith, Darlene Cain (Lorenzo), Cheri Stephenson and Paulette Moore (DeLancey); very close and special friends: Troy Davis, Clarence Jordan, McKinley Barnes, Arlene Cain, James Balmer, Gerald Kee, Dennis, Geraldine Robinson, Tim Kee, Arethea Robinson and Quanora Long; a host of very special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that will truly miss him.
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