Emmett Jackson "Jack" Stephens, 85, of Florence, passed away on Monday, October 28 2019.Mr. Stephens was born on April 30, 1934 in Cordele, GA a son of the late Reuben Emmett Stephens and Christine Brady Stephens. He attended high school in Vienna, GA and then went to Middle Georgia University, graduated from University of Georgia, and received his Masters from Duke University. He was a veteran of the US Army, and was a Registered Forester and owner of Dixie Wood Products for many years. Jack was a long time member for over 55 years at Highland Park United Methodist Church. Bridge was his passion and he participated in plays and activities at the Leatherman Center, and was married to the late Marilyn Porth Stephens for 59 years.Surviving are his sons, Marty Stephens of Florence and Scott Stephens of Charleston; daughter, Susan Martin of Surfside Beach; David Martin; grandchildren, Jackson (Natasha) Stephens, Grier Low, Michael Martin, Lauren (John) Queen, Tyler Martin, and Lacey Stephens; great-grandchildren, Blakely Stephens, Hudson Jack Stephens, Evelyn Queen, Meredith Roney, and Oliver Roney; brother, Charles Reuben (Murray) Stephens of Vienna, GA; nephews, Ben (Jennie) Stephens and Brad Stephens; his close companion, Frances "Sunshine" Johnson, and numerous Porth in-laws, nieces, and nephews.The family will receive friends from 6 8 pm Friday, November 1, 2019 at Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home.A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday at Highland Park United Methodist Church.Please send messages to the family at the obit section of www.stoudenmiredowling.com.

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