Douglas Jordan Stevens

Douglas Jordan Stevens of Simpsonville, SC passed away peacefully at home on October 19, 2010 after an extended illness.

Born in New Rochelle, NY on December 17, 1932, Doug graduated from Yale University in 1954. He served two years in the U. S. Army at Fort Lewis, WA where he met and married his wife of 54 years, Jean.

He was employed by Riegel Textile Corp. for 35 years in various executive positions, including heading their overseas operations for many years. He then worked in the textile field for two years in England and then returned to Simpsonville and worked with Delta Woodside Industries until his retirement in 1999.

In his retirement, he gave of his time and talents presiding over and serving on the board of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Greenville Chautauqua Society, The Urban League of the Upstate, The Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Sister Cities, and The Lake Conestee Foundation. He enjoyed teaching classical music and astronomy in the Olli Program at Furman University, playing golf, tending his yard and gardens, and teaching and encouraging his grandchildren. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Club of 39, The St. Andrew’s Society of Upper South Carolina and Fox Run Country Club.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; daughters Nancy Richey of Greenville, Kathy Henderson (Todd) of Bel Air, MD; sons Douglas J. Stevens, Jr. (Larissa) of Simpsonville, David (Laura) of Manasquan, NJ and his grandchildren, Ryan Richey, Caitlan Stevens, Kirstin Stevens, Jordan Stevens, Abigail Stevens, Ava Stevens and Chloe Stevens. He is also survived by his brother, Robert (Nancy), their children and grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents Walter A. and Carey M. Stevens.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation and thanks to the caregivers from Home Watch Caregivers, Heartland Hospice, and all those who kept him in their thoughts and prayers.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials to The Lake Conestee Foundation, PO Box 9111, Greenville, SC 29604 and/or Heartland Hospice, 421 S. E. Main Street, Suite 100, Simpsonville, SC 29681 be considered.

A memorial service celebrating Doug’s life will be held on Friday, November 5, 2010, at 11 a.m., at Westminster

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