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William Johnson Stevens, Jr.

William Johnson Stevens, Jr.
  • March 10, 1947 - May 19, 2017
  • Yonges Island, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Christ-St. Paul's Cemetery Fund
    P. O. Box 426
    Hollywood, SC 29449
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
    300 West Coleman Blvd., Ste. 206
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Lowcountry Community Chaplaincy
    P.O. Box 20743
    Charleston, SC 29413

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“So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Bill and the Stevens family made working for them at Steven's Towing a true pleasure. ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: John & Gigi Frampton - SC

“my thoughts are with you.I .was home sick for not being with you Saturday. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Agnes Jenkins

“I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Stevens as part of his WebsterRogers team. He was an accomplished member of the maritime community and his...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Nancy Van Ast - Summerville, SC

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Ann and Randy Gillespie - SC

“Bill had a love of life and a truly rare generosity of spirit. The world is a smaller place with his passing. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: bobbby mccormick - clemso, SC

“To Susan and the Stevens Family, my thoughts have been with you all week long. Sending you sincere sympathy and many prayers. May you keep his...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Cassandra McLeod - Mt. Pleasant

“The love & prayers go out to you from the Charleston Port & Seafarers' Society. Please take comfort in knowing that William made a difference; the...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: A friend

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family! Volvo Penta of the Americas ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: John Garvey - Wilmington, NC

“Alice and Gus, we know how much Bill meant to both of you and how much he will be missed. Please feel some comfort knowing that we are thinking of...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Sonya and Jon Miller - Laurel, MD

“To the Stevens Family, We are very sorry to hear of your loss.May all of your memories help you through these difficult times.All of you are in...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Jim Hayes & Staff of Bendt Brothers Upholstery,Inc. - SC


William Johnson Stevens, Jr., 70, lifelong resident of Yonges Island, South Carolina, husband of Susan Groves Stevens, died peacefully at home, Friday, May 19, 2017. His funeral service will be held graveside Saturday, May 27, 2017 in Christ-St. Paul's Parish Churchyard, 5034 Chapel Road at 10:00 a.m. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Bill was born March 10, 1947 in Charleston, South Carolina, son of the late William Johnson Stevens, Sr. and Alice Bailey Stevens. He was the CEO of Stevens Towing Co., Inc.
After graduating from Clemson University, Bill entered the U.S. Army. He was the executive officer of the 1098 Medium Boat Company while stationed in DeNang, South Vietnam. On his return to the United States, Bill was stationed at Military Ocean Terminal, Sunny Point, NC. After completing his military service, Bill returned to Yonges Island to manage the family maritime transportation business. He served as president of Stevens Towing Co., Inc. until 2014 and was CEO of the company until his death.

Stevens was a member of the Agricultural Society of South Carolina, the Carolina Yacht Club, the Sea Island Yacht Club, the South Carolina Society, the Propeller Club of Charleston and Christ-St. Paul's Church.

Bill is survived by his wife of 37 years, Susan; two sons: W. Johnson Stevens, III (Dillard) of Charleston, SC and Robert Walker Groves Stevens of Charleston, SC; and two sisters: Alice M. Stevens (Augustus Woods) of Montserrat, West Indies and Elizabeth P. Stevens of Mobile, AL.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Cindy Dodds, whose friendship, support, and guidance enriched Bill's final years and to his devoted caregiver, Vanessa Adams.

Memorials may be made to Christ-St. Paul's Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 426, Hollywood, SC 29449 or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 300 West Coleman Blvd., Ste. 206, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 or the Lowcountry Community Chaplaincy, P.O. Box 20743, Charleston, SC 29413.