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Joseph Izear Stephens, Jr.

Joseph Izear Stephens, Jr.
  • November 24, 1958 - May 1, 2017
  • Moncks Corner, South Carolina

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“It was with great pleasure I served with Joe on a three member team in the proverbial "South Zone" that included Ric Keys. We had a blast. Joe made...Read More »
1 of 49 | Posted by: Douglas Hester - Hanahan, SC

“I was so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We went to high school and church together as young teens. I have read so many kind thoughts about him...Read More »
2 of 49 | Posted by: Amy Neal Pohl - friend

“RitaWe want you to know how sorry we are to hear of joe's passing. We are thinking of you and the girls and will keep you in our prayers. HugsPaul...Read More »
3 of 49 | Posted by: Paul and Cheryl Bostick - Friend

“Rita and Family, Joe was a dear friend, true to his word, lived his Faith in our Lord, made the city of North Charleston a place to live in peace and...Read More »
4 of 49 | Posted by: Charlotte Gillespie - Moore, SC

“I had the privilege and honor to work at City Hall and got to know Capt Stephens quite well. He's was a wonderful person. Always there if you needed...Read More »
5 of 49 | Posted by: Suzanne Petras - Diberville, MS

“A good man taken from us way too soon. You will be missed by all and you will never be forgotten. ”
6 of 49 | Posted by: R.A. & Renee LEGETTE - SC

“I was driving down I-26 today when I saw the news on a billboard. I couldn't believe it was true. Captain Stephens was a great man! We attended...Read More »
7 of 49 | Posted by: Davin Wise - Goose Creek, SC

“Joe was one of the nicest, most caring individuals I have ever met. Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. ”
8 of 49 | Posted by: Shannon Praete - Charleston, SC

“Please accept my sincere condolences. Joe was a very special man and will be missed dearly. Sending much love to the family. You are all in my...Read More »
9 of 49 | Posted by: Nellie Hall Gunter - SC

“Rita, my heart truly goes out to you and Keely. My heart is heavy for your loss. You and Joe where a big part of my life for many years and when I...Read More »
10 of 49 | Posted by: Dory Hornsby - Charleston, SC

“I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I can truly say he inspired me to be a better Christian. I loved our Sunday morning chats while greeting...Read More »
11 of 49 | Posted by: Alan Blackwood - Johns Island, SC

“I,am sorry for your lost may God will always be there went you need Him.my prays go out to your family. ”
12 of 49 | Posted by: Vickie Mack - Charleston - Friend

“To the Family of Joseph I. Stephens Jr., Through the brief times that I came into contact with Joe at North Charleston City Hall, I learned how...Read More »
13 of 49 | Posted by: Jerry Groover, Sr

“Dear Karrie, Rhonda, Wesley and family,So sorry to hear of the passing of Joseph. He was a fine man who I admired through the years. He was always...Read More »
14 of 49 | Posted by: Rich and Linda Dugan - Barnegat, NJ

“We are deeply sorry for your loss, your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless and Strengthen you. ”
15 of 49 | Posted by: Robinson Family - Moncks Corner, SC

“Rita, Keeley & Shala, We were so sad to hear of Joe's passing. God has gained another Angel to sit beside him and watch over all of you. Please know...Read More »
16 of 49 | Posted by: Sally Huffstetler - Chapin, SC

“I am Shorty and Rosie Haas's Daughter Im so sorry for your loss our Thoughts and Prayers are with You in such a difficult time. Always Kelley ”
17 of 49 | Posted by: Kelley Hughes - New Braunfels, TX

“Many years ago, I had written a letter to the alcohol licensing bureau in Columbia asking that a certain undesirable store where teenagers hung out...Read More »
18 of 49 | Posted by: Gayle Frampton - North Charleston, SC

“Mrs. Rita, Keeley and Shala, I have been praying for you all since I heard. I'm so sorry your hearts are breaking. Mr. Joe was an amazing man. ...Read More »
19 of 49 | Posted by: Christi (Adam) Solivan - SC

“Joe I can hardly believe that God has called you home but heaven has definitely received an Angel! It was such a pleasure to speak with you at our...Read More »
20 of 49 | Posted by: Merrill Riou - West Palm Beach, FL

“You will be Missed by everyone you touched ”
21 of 49 | Posted by: Michael Cook - North Charleston, SC

“Joe Stephens, a man's man, man of God, man of great integrity, one of a kind, top shelf in every way, very few were even in the same room with this...Read More »
22 of 49 | Posted by: Wally Reddington - Goose Creek, SC

“Deepest condolences to Rita and Family. So happy I got to see Joe at the Stall 40th High School Reunion last summer.Joe was always like Captain...Read More »
23 of 49 | Posted by: Jim Jean Bryant - Gainesville, VA

“Dearest Rita, Keeley, and Shala, my heart aches for you at the loss of your loving husband, daddy, friend. Please know that no matter where he is,...Read More »
24 of 49 | Posted by: Dianna Fairbanks - SC - Friend

“I am in shock and disbelief as we just held training in mid-December. My condolences to his family and Lt. Buskirk as well! My greatest comfort...Read More »
25 of 49 | Posted by: Melissa Wilson - Aiken, SC

“It was my honor and priviledge to work with Capt Joe Stephens. He was a man of great integrity, loyalty and devoted to God. He will be sorely...Read More »
26 of 49 | Posted by: Dave Irvine - Titusville, FL

“I am very sorry to hear of Joe's' passing. I can only imagine the great lose this is to his family and dearest friends. Joe and I shared the journey...Read More »
27 of 49 | Posted by: Ted Sherrill - Georgetown, SC

“Rita and Family, We are all so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Joe very well, but he was a good , sweet, caring man to take such good...Read More »
28 of 49 | Posted by: Debbie Danque - Chapin, SC

“Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. It is with a saddened heart that I offer this heartfelt expression of sympathy to you and your entire...Read More »
29 of 49 | Posted by: Wanda (Pastor John T.) Miller - SC

“Our lives are forever changed because of the influence of Mr. Joe. He was a man who walked out his love for Jesus everyday and impacted everyone who...Read More »
30 of 49 | Posted by: Amanda Brown - Moncks Corner, SC

“Rita, Keely, and Shala, our lives have all been enriched by this man you called husband and father. He lived his life with more integrity and honor -...Read More »
31 of 49 | Posted by: John & Lynda Brenner - SC

“I'm so sorry to hear about Joe! I never had the pleasure of knowing my cousin but my thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family. God bless each...Read More »
32 of 49 | Posted by: Sarah Stephens-Hanna - Cope, SC

“Our hearts absolutely break for you. Joe was a wonderful man who touched many, and will be greatly missed. ”
33 of 49 | Posted by: Mike & Heather Helton - SC

“I worked with Joe from 1993-1997 at NCPD in dispatch. Always the brightest part of our day. Awesome individual my thoughts and prayers go out to his...Read More »
34 of 49 | Posted by: Angela Crump - Summerville, SC

“It is with great sadness we say goodbye to a dear friend, cop, community supporter. We know that now you with our Lord and celebrating withball those...Read More »
35 of 49 | Posted by: Dave and Faith Crsne - SC

“Joe, you will be missed my ole friend. Prayers to the family. ”
36 of 49 | Posted by: Sandra Tribbett - Savannah, GA

“Dear Karrie, Rhonda, Wesley and family,So sorry to hear of the passing of Joseph. He was a fine man who I admired through the years. He was always...Read More »
37 of 49 | Posted by: Rich and Linda Dugan - Barnegat, NJ

“Rita and family. i am so sorry for your loss. Joe was one of the nicest people I know. As you begin this difficult journey, may the love and faith...Read More »
38 of 49 | Posted by: Sherry Dalbec

“Joe was a great person and a great cop. He had a great sense of humor, and never met a stranger. He will be greatly missed. ”
39 of 49 | Posted by: Kurt Taylor - North Charleston

“It was an honor to work with you Sir.2 Timothy 4:7-8 ”
40 of 49 | Posted by: Don Kjellman - North Charleston, SC

“Rita, Keeley and ShalaI am so sorry Joe was such a wonderful fun person and I know how much he loved our Lord and his family. Please know I'm here...Read More »
41 of 49 | Posted by: Freeda Mullins - Charleston, SC

“TO THE FAMILY MAY THE LORD STRENGHT YOU THROUGH THIS I GOT TO KNOW JOE THAT WHAT HE WANTED US TO CALL HIM JUST THAT LITTLE TIME THAT HE WAS AROUND...Read More »
42 of 49 | Posted by: Levon scott - north charleston, SC

“Precious Stephens Family and Fellow Officers: May God give all of you peace and comfort during this time of grief. I would love to believe that Capt...Read More »
43 of 49 | Posted by: Pacita Whatley - North Charleston, SC

“We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Joe was a great officer, father, and Christian man. God Bless! ”
44 of 49 | Posted by: Russ and Maja Fickett - SC

“I will miss you dearly uncle joesph your passing stunned me,I know you don't want everyone crying but it's so hard to loose someone so amazing as you...Read More »
45 of 49 | Posted by: Michelle Dugan - Newport News, VA

“U will be so missed Joesph, we had great times as kids with Rhonda, Karrie, and Wesley. You r a man that loved deeply and was loved deeply. U will...Read More »
46 of 49 | Posted by: Lyn Borst aka Stephens - Ft worth, TX

“My dear brother I have great confidence that you are worshipping the King of Glory in all His splender where you will doing through all eternity ”
47 of 49 | Posted by: Wesley Stephens - Sylva, NC

“I Love you Brother , until we meet again Rip. ”
48 of 49 | Posted by: Rhonda Stirewalt - Simpsonville, SC

“J.I. Joe Stephen's - A Cops, Cop. Thank you for kindness, thoughtfulness, and leadership. I could always count on your honesty and mentorship. ...Read More »
49 of 49 | Posted by: Maria Leahy - Summerville, SC


On May 1, 2017, Joseph I. Stephens, Jr., entered into eternity with his Savior, Jesus Christ. He was born on November 24, 1958 in New Braunfels, TX and resided in Moncks Corner, SC. Joseph was a man of integrity and he loved God, his family and his country. He served in the United States Army from 1976-1980. Joseph recently retired as a Captain of the North Charleston Police Department where he proudly served from 1993-2016. Joseph had a degree in Criminal Justice and graduated from the Southern Police Institute and earned the title as class Chaplain. He was a part of various teams which included: S.P.E.E.D., S.W.A.T. and Honor Guard. He also held various positions such as: Supervisor and Commander of S.W.A.T., Captain of the Central Bureau and he trained civilian personnel on Active Shooter Training. Joseph had a love and passion for teaching safety to police officers and those in the community.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Rita; his daughters, Keeley and Shala Stephens; his brother, Wesley (Karen) Stephens; and two sisters Karrie (Harry) Haskell and Rhonda (Robert) Stirewalt. He was pre-deceased by his father, Joseph Stephens, Sr. and his mother, Bonnie Bishop.

Joseph was loved dearly and will be missed greatly.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, May 4, 2017 in Northwood Church, 2600 North Main Street, Summerville, SC at 2:00 pm. The interment will follow in Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery, Zion Road, Dorchester. The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Northwoods Chapel, 2180 Greenridge Road from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.