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Ernestine Elizabeth Stephens, 90 years old, departed this life on March 20, 2017. She was born March 10, 1927 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to the late Robert Johns and Willie Mae Johns. Ernestine was preceded in death by her husband; Otis Stephens, sister; Ora Ford, brother; Eugene Johns, sister in law; Marie Bailey, brother in law George Stephens and nephew; Gerald Ray. Ernestine worked as a nurse for 35 years caring for the elderly. She married Otis Stephens on January 6, 1951 and they shared 64 years together before his passing in 2015. Ernestine leaves to cherish her memories, children: James Otis Stephens (Janet) of Kernersville, NC, Mark Stephens of Cleveland, OH, Patricia Johnson of Cleveland, OH and Linda Jones of Greensboro, NC, brother; Robert Johns of Akron, OH. Also, grandchildren: Jimmy Stephens of Greensboro, NC, Monica Stephens of Jacksonville, FL, Stephen Johnson (Stephanie) of Cleveland, OH, Lisa Johnson of Cleveland, OH and Jonathan Jones of Greensboro, NC; great grandchildren: Trevon Stephens of Cleveland, OH, Kayla Stephens of Greensboro, NC, Shinobi Johnson of Cleveland, OH and Aubrey Brown of Cleveland, OH; nieces: Carlene Torain (Earl) of Cleveland, OH, Detra Curly (Joe) of Akron, OH, Diane Johns of Akron, OH, Willie Mae Bolden (Terry) of Mississippi, Louise Stirgis of Mississippi, Betty Davis of Mississippi, Gloria Williams of Mississippi, Donna Long of Mississippi and Sandra Millican of Sugarland, Texas; nephews: Bobby Johns of California, Perry Ford of Mississippi, Larry Ford of Mississippi, Wayne Ford of Mississippi and Keith Gray (Janet) of Detroit, Michigan; great nephews: Malcom Torain (Tehra) of Cleveland, OH and Omar Torain (Latress) of Cleveland, OH; cousins: Beverly Stephens of Cleveland, OH and Elaine Stephens of Cleveland. Special thanks to: Jim Wilson, Linda Hammill and Lori Doherty of Browns Summit, NC for being such loving and caring neighbors to our mother.A service honoring her life will be held at Sharpe Road Church of Christ; 2400 Sharpe Road, Greensboro, NC 27406 on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. The visitation will begin at 10:00am and the service will follow at 10:30am. The interment will take place following the service at Salisbury National Cemetery; 202 Government Rd, Salisbury, NC 28144 at 1pm.

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  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Perry J. Brown Funeral Home
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017
    You will be miss, love your Auntie, RIP
    ~ Betty Ford Davis   Natchez, MS
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017
    You will be miss Auntie, love your RIP
    ~ Betty Ford Davis   Natchez, MS
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017
    You have our deepest sympathy. We will truly miss Aunt Earnestine. May the love of God comfort you in your time of sorrow. We love you.
    ~ Wayne & Dorothy Ford   Woodville, MS
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017
    Life brings tears. smiles, and memories, The tears dry, the smile fades, but the memories live on forever. She was a friend and neighbor. I will always remember her loving smile and most of all her strawberry jelly.
    ~ Willie Wilson   Brownsummit, NC
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017
    Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy. Sending a gentle hug your way. Know that your on my mind and in my heart today.
    ~ Linda Hammill and Willie   Brownsummit, NC
  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    So Sorrow for your loss loved yall
    ~ Glory Williams   Woodville, MS
  • Sunday, March 26, 2017
    PRAYERS FOR YOU AND YOURS, LISA
    ~ KIM McCULLEN JAMES   EUCLID, OH
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    What an amazing Auntie. I will remember our many long conversations about family, friends, food and traveling. Your Journey was truly extraordinary. Rest in God's loving arms, my sweet Auntie. I will miss you so much. Love you
    ~ Sandra Millican   Sugar Land, TX
  • Saturday, April 01, 2017
    My sincere condolences to the family. Draw comfort from the God of all comfort who comfort us in all our trials. 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4
    ~ Dee Oliver
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    Dear Family, I am so sorry for your loss; please know that you are not alone; you can find much comfort in the Holy Scriptures which assures us at (Psalms 34:18) that God is near to those broken at heart and crushed in spirit. Please find comfort in the words spoken at John 5:28,29
    ~ Bobbi