WINSTON-SALEM Feb. 6, 1930 - Nov. 11, 2017 Jean Weaver Stevens Stockton, was born to Dr. and Mrs. Charles Stevens on February 6, 1930, in Bessemer, Alabama. When she was four, Dr. Stevens moved back to Winston-Salem to serve as pastor of Salem Baptist Church. Jean attended Reynolds High School, Mars Hill College, and Women's College (the University of North Carolina at Greensboro), where she obtained her B.S. and Master of Arts. She and Thomas Barber Stockton were married for over 64 years, from their wedding on August 22, 1953, until her death after a brief illness on November 11, 2017. Jean taught in the Physical Education Department at Duke University for two years, and later at Mars Hill College and Queens University. After her husband graduated from Duke, they studied in Cambridge, England for nine months. They returned to the United States, where Jean served with her husband in pastorates in Paw Creek (Thrift United Methodist Church), Reidsville (First), Charlotte (Dilworth), Asheville (Central), Charlotte again (Myers Park), and High Point (Wesley Memorial). She continued to serve in Virginia where Tom served as bishop. They retired to the city of High Point, and then moved to Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem five years ago. A constant through all those years was her love for the mountains and Lake Junaluska. Jean was a multi-talented person. As a pioneer in liturgical dance, she inspired worship services and taught others. She was a great student of the Bible, and was widely loved as a teacher of the Scriptures, especially by her High Point Bible Group. She studied counseling, and was a confidante and supportive friend to many. With boundless creativity, she painted, sculpted, and knitted. Among the many hobbies at which she was competitive were golf, tennis, bridge, croquet, pool, and board games. Her disciplined devotional life was deeply meaningful for her, and influential in the lives of others. Above all else, and in everything, she was God's servant, and strived with every fiber of her being to give her utmost for God's highest. She was proud and full of joy to have brought three children into the world: Lisa, Tommy and Shannon. Later she faithfully embraced the role of mother-in-law to James Howell, Margie Stockton, and Shannon Miller. She loved the arrival of nine grandchildren, who loved her dearly: Sarah Howell-Miller, Grace Howell, and Noah Howell; Megan Stockton, Liz Stockton, and Katy Stockton; and Regan Miller, Taylor Miller and Sydney Miller. Jean was predeceased by her brother Charlie Stevens, and is survived by her sister, Grace Price, brother John Stevens, sister-in-law Mary Stevens, and brother-in-law Dick Stockton, along with many nieces and nephews. A Service of Death and Resurrection will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church in her home town of Winston-Salem, on Wednesday, November 15, at 11:00 a.m., led by Bishop Ray Chamberlain, Dr. James Howell and Rev. Sarah Howell-Miller. Family visitation will be held in the Church auditorium following the service. The burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Arbor Acres Resident Assistance Fund, 1240 Arbor Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104; or to Centenary United Methodist Church, 646 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.
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