Jacob Nan Stephens, Sr. was born on May 26, 1941, in Smoaks South Carolina. He was the fourth child of British and Magaline Stephens. He entered into eternal rest on February 27, 2022.
Jacob lived in Smoaks, South Carolina. He attended Jonesville School. When he became eighteen, he moved to Brooklyn, New York and worked as a steel worker with Artistan Stainless Steel in Freeport Long Island, New York and various other jobs to support his family.
In 1969, Jacob met his ex-wife, Alphera Stephens. They had loving children to fulfill this union.
Jacob Stephens had a great life. He was a family person. He loved his family very much. He enjoyed seeing his grandchildren. He was kind and learned to live with integrity as he grew older. He made an impressive impact on so many people lives. He enjoyed family reunions and celebrating life with his family.
Jake as he was known by everyone, enjoyed his gospel music, celebrating family at family reunions and hanging out at the tracks. He especially enjoyed going to church in his later days. He went to church until he was not able to go anymore. He gave his life to Christ and celebrated God everyday for saving his life. His favorite words were, "God's been good to me. Don't do wrong by people, always do good no matter what. Let all that stress go." His final words he sang were, "I'm going to the promise land," before he had an acute stroke at Atrium Nursing Rehabilitation Facility. He said, "Always put family first no matter what."
Jake was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; Marcus Stephens and Willie Stephens; and a brother-in-law, Leroy Sanders.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his children, Jacob ( Shaquana) Stephens, Jr., David Stephens, Daniel Stephens, Sharee Stephens, Joseph Houston, Charlotte (Eric) Martin; twenty-nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings, Minnie M. Sanders, Essie McFadden (James), Virginia Salley (Joe), Nathaniel Stephens (Brenda), and Ella M. Williams; one aunt, Birdie Mae Jenkins; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.