Visitation Information:

October 13th, 2017 at 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery
4121 Falcon Parkway Flowery Branch, GA 30542

Service Information:

October 14th, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Mr. Ollie B. Stephens, Sr., 77

~~Ollie Benny Stephens Sr., 77, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away Oct. 9, 2017, following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, with interment at Memorial Park South Cemetery. The body will lie in state one hour before the service. Rev. Dr. Emerson Ross will officiate. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at Memorial Park South Funeral Home.

Born in Belmont, GA, he was the son of the late Anderson Sr. and Katie Mae (Maddox) Stephens. He was a retired supervisor of Fieldale Farms Corp., and was a deacon at Cross Plains Baptist Church. He loved the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Braves, and the UGA Bulldogs. He knew the value of hard work and often had two or three jobs at the same time. He once owned a lawn care business with his son. They sold the business and it’s currently still operating today under another name. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Emma Jean (Cheeks) Stephens, son Ollie Benny Stephens Jr., son-in-law Vincent F. Stringer, in-laws John Henry Edward and Emmerline Cheeks, and a number of other relatives.

Survivors include his daughters Deborah S. Minnis, Tallahassee, FL, and Sandra S. Stringer, Flowery Branch, GA; daughter-in-law Janis W. Stephens, Lilburn, GA; grandchildren Kassandra R. Stephens, Madison, AL; Sarah J. Stephens, New England; Kyle B. Stephens, Kennesaw, GA; and Alexis K. Stringer, Flowery Branch, GA; sister Frances Armstrong, Los Angeles, CA, brothers and sisters-in-law Bobby R. and Carolyn Stephens, Oxford, GA, and Anderson Jr. and Susan Stephens, Fall River, Mass.; sisters-in-law Geraldine Stephens, Flowery Branch, GA; Lois Stephens, Pasadena, CA, Eva Stephens, Gainesville, GA, and Marie Stephens, Maryland; brother-in-law Michael Ward, Maryland; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dr. Eddie and Monique Cheeks, Augusta, GA, and a host of other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 4000 Thurmond Tanner Road, Flowery Branch, GA 30542.

Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542, is in charge of arrangements. Send online condolences to


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BevAnn Bonds 2017-10-10 14:09:46
Sandra, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. My your faith and the memories you have of your father, ease your pain. The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever Psalm 23: 1-6 (NIV)
Dale Willis 2017-10-11 17:39:05
I worked with Ollie years ago at Gene Tyners when I was a teenager. He was such an inspiration to me! Such a good man! Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Robin Friedman 2017-10-12 21:39:26
My thoughts and prayers are with you Sandra, Alexis and your family this week. May your father's memories live in your heart forever more. Much love.
Montie Robinson 2017-10-13 07:47:16
So sorry for your loss , please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers , may God Bless you and give you strength in the day to come .