Centenary United Methodist Church Auditorium following the service
646 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017
Centenary United Methodist Church
646 West 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017
Feb 06, 1930 - Nov 11, 2017
Jean Weaver Stevens 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.
2 Corinthians 1:3,4 gives us the assurance that "the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies" is "the God of all comfort" and he "comforts us in all our trials". James 5:11b...God "is very tender in affection and merciful". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 86:15; Romans 15:4) jw.org
sorry for your loss I remember Mrs Stockton’s vibrant soul while I was working at arbor acres.
Dear Stockton Family,
We are so sorry to learn of Jean’s death. She truly had a remarkable life, and we are blessed to have her in ours.
Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Charlie and Marsha (Clementine) Garwood
Rosemary & Tom Adkisson
Tom & I remember Jean as the most vibrant woman in our neighborhood at Country Club West.
Jean shared the flowers in your yard with me when we moved in. I now have a yard filled with yellow daisies and yellow St. John's Wort flowers. I always think of her when everything is in bloom.
Our Lily loved both you and Jean. You always had a kind word for her even if she was barking at you.
I remember Jean's love of dance and her liturgical dances at Wesley Memorial.
She was such a joy to know. Our hearts are with you.
I will always remember with gratitude Mrs. Jean's faithful service to the kingdom as she and Bishop Stockton served the Virginia Conference. From the day I first met them both at the clergy spiritual life retreat at Camp Eagle Eyrie in 1988, to the last time I saw her at Annual Conference upon her husband's retirement, she was a warm and friendly witness to her faith. I pray God's comfort and peace to all who knew and loved her.
Rev John LeGault
Dear Bishop Stockton,
The wonderful leadership you & Jean gave us in Virginia Conference were & are deeply appreciated. God bless you in this great loss. It is a loss for us too. John LeGault
Shirley Davis (Mailroom at HPU)
Dear Mr.Stockton & family,
I am so very sorry to hear about your beloved wife. I did not know her, but from what I read she was truly an amazing woman. We know she is well now and I am sure that makes you feel better. She is with our Father. I have always thought alot of you Mr. Stockton, as goodness radiates from you also. I hope you will find peace and comfort in the days to follow from your many friends and family. We here at HPU are thinking of you and praying for you.
Sincerely and with God's Love, Bless you.
Bishop Don Ott
Meeting Jean and Tom in 1992, when entering the Bishops Fellowship, led to appreciation of her interest and care for the "new kids on the block." Jean helped my wife, Jan, to feel welcome and to find a place within the "family" of episcopal spouses.
J.Dwight and Carol L.Cartner
Please accept our condolences upon the death of your dear Jean. Our love and prayers are with all your family as you begin your grief journey.HrFQ
Mary-Wade O'Kelley Smith
Bishop Stockton, I am so sorry for your loss. Death is always so difficult even if we are expecting it. You baptized our middle child, Wendy, when you were at Dilworth Methodist, and I have always held you in high regard. I have lost my husband and my youngest child and time does ease the pain. May God hold you close and give you comfort. 11/19/2017
Mary-Wade Smith, Kings Mountain, NC
Daniel H. Earp, Jr.
To; Tom Stockton and family. So sorry to hear about Jean. You have my deepest sympathy.