Florie Bell Davis Stephens


Florie Bell Davis Stephens

Time well-spent reflects a life well-lived.  Someday, you and I will be mere legends.  All that matters is whether we did what we could with the life that was given to us by the Master.

On July 5, 1927, the world was blessed to receive a precious angel, the youngest of nine children, born to James “Jimmy” Rogers and Ella Julia Sanders Davis of Walterboro, South Carolina.  Mrs. Florie Bell Davis Stephens surely made the most of her years.  Known to many as “Floribel,” she was a loving person who always shared a beautiful smile and something humorous to draw a laugh from others.  She was educated in the public schools at St. Peters and Colleton Training Schools in Walterboro.  Shortly thereafter, she relocated to Asbury Park, New Jersey where she was employed as a nursing assistant for many years in a local hospital. 

Floribel was married to the late Roy Stephens of Asbury Park, New Jersey.  Eventually, she moved back to her hometown and remained here until she answered the Master’s call to “enter into the joy of the Lord” on the evening of Friday, November 4, 2022 at Pruitt Health Care. She was a member of St. Peters CME Church in Walterboro. 

Floribel loved to serve the Lord, sing, and write. She was very fashionable, well-endowed with beauty and grace, and loved the finer things in life. However, she would candidly let you know what was on her mind, for it was never a dull moment around her!  It is known among many that she truly loved, adored, and was exceptionally proud of her family.  She fondly appreciated her nephew, Herman Garfield (Anna) Bright, who was her family representative.

Floribel’s parents and her siblings preceded her in death: James “Jimmy” Rogers and Ella Julia Sanders Davis; John Wesley “Wheeler” (Josephine) Davis, Eugene “Shine” (Essie Mae) Davis, Jimmy Rogers (Elizabeth) Davis, Wilson (Elizabeth) Davis, Nathaniel (Helen) Davis, and Jessierine (Herbert) Bright.  Left to cherish fond memories of her, are numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.  She will truly be missed by her devoted family, friends, and members of the community.  In conclusion, Aunt Floribel did it “Her” way!

Celebration of Life and Homegoing Services were held at Faith Church in Walterboro on Friday, November 11, 2022, with the interment at Brick Barn Cemetery on St. Peters Road in Walterboro.