O. Earl Stephenson Jr.

O. Earl  Stephenson Jr.

Ottis ‘Earl’ Stephenson‚ Jr.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Science
Angier-Black River Fire Department

Date of Death: May 9‚ 2007
Age 61

Earl‚ better known as ‘Big Earl’ to all of his friends‚ was with the Angier-Black River Fire Department 21 years as a volunteer Fire Fighter. The Fire Department was a big part of his life and he loved it.

He was born on April 17‚ 1946‚ in Harnett County‚ North Carolina‚ to Ottis E. Stephenson‚ Sr. and Leona Ferrell Stephenson. Earl grew up learning the auto mechanic trade from his father. Earl worked for Sherrill’s Wrecker Service for 20 years. He was presently employed with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science when he passed away unexpectedly with a heart attack.

Earl was a gentle loving man with a big heart and a big smile‚ who loved his family. He was a devoted son and wonderful brother to his sisters‚ Ann‚ Molly and Becky‚ and a loving uncle to his nieces and nephews. He was there always ready to talk‚ ready to listen‚ seemingly with all the time in the world. He kept promises and made time for other people. He was a true friend.

He was a big NASCAR fan and enjoyed going to the races with friends. He loved to cook especially on the grill; he was famous for his pork barbecue‚ ribs‚ and chicken. He loved having family functions‚ and especially his family beach trips. Holidays were always very special to him.

At the Museum where he worked they set up a scholarship in his name for a deserving student to attend their summer camp‚ and his name is listed in the memory wall just outside the Museum. There is also a scholarship set up in his name for a high school graduate who has an interest in becoming a fire fighter.

We never knew how much of an impact that Earl made on other lives of others. He was never one to brag or boast about himself‚ he always stood to the side and watched.

‘Big Earl’ is going to be missed by all that knew and loved him. We love you and know that you are sitting with our Mother and the angels.

Ottis Earl Stephenson‚ Jr.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Science
Angier-Black River Fire Department

Date of Death: May 9‚ 2007
Age 61

Earl‚ better known as Big Earl to all of his friends‚ was with the Angier-Black River Fire Department 21 years as a volunteer Fire Fighter. The Fire Department was a big part of his life and he loved it.

He was born on April 17‚ 1946‚ in Harnett County‚ North Carolina‚ to Ottis E. Stephenson‚ Sr. and Leona Ferrell Stephenson. Earl grew up learning the auto mechanic trade from his father. Earl worked for Sherrill’s Wrecker Service for 20 years. He was presently employed with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science when he passed away unexpectedly with a heart attack.

Earl was a gentle loving man with a big heart and a big smile‚ who loved his family. He was a devoted son and wonderful brother to his sisters‚ Ann‚ Molly and Becky‚ and a loving uncle to his nieces and nephews. He was there always ready to talk‚ ready to listen‚ seemingly with all the time in the world. He kept promises and made time for other people. He was a true friend.

He was a big NASCAR fan and enjoyed going to the races with friends. He loved to cook especially on the grill; he was famous for his pork barbecue‚ ribs‚ and chicken. He loved having family functions‚ and especially his family beach trips. Holidays were always very special to him.

At the Museum where he worked they set up a scholarship in his name for a deserving student to attend their summer camp‚ and his name is listed in the memory wall just outside the Museum. There is also a scholarship set up in his name for a high school graduate who has an interest in becoming a fire fighter.

We never knew how much of an impact that Earl made on other lives of others. He was never one to brag or boast about himself‚ he always stood to the side and watched.

Big Earl is going to be missed by all that knew and loved him. We love you and know that you are sitting with our Mother and the angels.