Bernard Lavon Stephens Sr.

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Bernard Lavon Stephens was born on December 29, 1969 to the late Roosevelt Jackson and Peggy Samuel-Brooks in Andalusia, Alabama. Bernard gained his wings peacefully on May 4, 2024 at Ohio Health Mansfield.

Bernard was an employee of Blevins Fabrication. He adored his mother, children, grandchildren and siblings. Bernard loved fishing with his cousin, Walter Bonham and son, Bernard Jr., spending time with family & friends, watching westerns, joking around, working on cars with his Gordon family and just being a helping hand in a time of need.

Bernard’s all-time favorite saying was “IT IS WHAT IT IS”

Bernard leaves to cherish his memories, his mother, Peggy Samuel–Brooks; 1 son, Bernard Stephens Jr.; 1 daughter, Elexcia Flowers; 1 brother, Gregory (Linda) Jackson of Defuniak Springs, Fla.; 4 sisters, Lorna Ball of McKenzia, Ala., Vivian Berry of Clarksville, Tennessee, Stephanie Samuel and Tracy Crawford of Mansfield, OH.; 3 grandsons, NaMeer Kent, Aundreek Taylor and Nazyrr Stephens; 6 granddaughters, Na’Kyha, NyKayla, Lyric, Londyn, Laniyah & Leila Stephens; 1 uncle, Davis Stephens of Woodruff, SC; 4 nephews, Paris Davis Sr., Raekwon Sewell, Malon Samuel and Christina Berry; 3 nieces, London, Le’India and Malaysia Samuel and a host of beloved cousins and friends.

Bernard was preceded in death by his father, Roosevelt Jackson; sister, Shambre Jackson; maternal grandmother, Irene Jackson; 2 aunts, Vivian Chester and Darnell Blue.

Visitation 11:00 AM and Funeral Service 12:00 PM Saturday, May 11, 2024 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, MANSFIELD CHAPEL,753 McPherson St. (formerly Williams Funeral Services). Interment 11:00am Monday at Mansfield Cemetery. To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Stephens Family, visit

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Condolence Messages

  1. Patricia Harris Pride

    My condolences and prayers to the family.
    Bernard will be missed.

  2. Herb and Loretta Hilliard

    To Ms Peggy Brooks and the family of Mr Bernard Stephen’s we send our deepest sympathy with love and prayers.

  3. Christine Canada English

    Sorry for your loss rip…praying for the family

  4. Tonya Taylor

    Sending my Condolences to the family and Mrs so sad about Bernard.R.I.P

  5. Nettie Ballard

    Praying for the family

  6. Nettie Ballard

    Pray you find comfort in knowing God is standing by

  7. Mr.Mrs Barber

    Our Condolence sorry for your loss Bernard was like family to me he will be miss Praying for your Family Rip

  8. Tracey L Crawford

    I love u nardi my brother rih I knw your resting now.

  9. Mary Bridges

    Peggy my friend, just hearing about your lost. I am so sorry, send my sincere condolences and prayer. I’m here if you need me.

  10. Shatarius Anderson

    Bernard you’ll truly be missed by us all like you are now. Your Blevins family offer our condolences too your family

  11. Elder Carrell Gandy

    I am sorry for your loss. I am praying that God will give your family strength in time. Keeping your family in prayer.

  12. Billie Chester

    Oh Peggy and family,
    I’m truly so sadden by this sudden loss. My heart aches for all of you. Prayers for the strength to endure. Love, Billie

  13. Peggy Our Prayers are with You and The Family
    During this difficult time . R. I. P. Bernard✌

  14. Brandy Brown and Family

    May God give the peace that passes understanding during this time and the days ahead! Love, Al, Brandy and Alex

  15. Sidney/Donneattea Walker

    Sorry for your loss cuz praying for God is good stay strong love you..

  16. Sylvia Jordan

    May God give strength and comfort to the family.

  17. Linda Roberts family

    My sincere condolences to the family, May God comfort and keep you during this difficult time.

  18. Monica K. Harris

    My sincere condolences to the entire family during this difficult time. May God comfort you and give you peace. Sending love and prayers.

  19. Opal Gordon-Gueye

    Sending prayers and condolences to the family. We will miss our brother we had some good times…..

  20. Garnetta Pender

    My Condolence to the Stephens family.
    Praying for peace and comfort during this season.
    Garnetta Pender and Family

  21. Jametta Kennebrew

    My prayers are with family of Bernard. Bernard and I attended school together and I just remember him being a kind and thoughtful person. RIP my friend!!!

  22. Mary Dockery Dulin

    Sending my condolences to you and your family much love .

  23. MarJo Jeffries

    My prayers and condolences to his family and friends.

  24. Prayers for your family R.I.P

  25. Rev. Clyde D. Jones

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We send our condolences to Cousin Peggy and the entire family. We are praying that God sends His comfort and peace which passes all understanding. Love you all.

    Rev. Clyde D. & Janice I. Jones
    Los Angeles, California

  26. Tarita Harris Toe Toe

    I’m so sorry for the loss of a great guy he was very kind to me whenever he saw me my condolences to the family remember our God doesn’t make mistakes stay strong his friend Toe Toe

  27. Elzonia McCowan

    To Peggy and family, so sorry to hear about the lost of Bernard
    Praying for everyone strength God is with all of you, he will keep you strong
    He will be truly missed but he is resting in Gods arms.
    Love always and forever
    Elzonia McCowan & Children’s

  28. The Gordon Family

    We are sending our deepest condolences and prayers to Peggy and the entire family. This was really devastating to all of us Bernard was always supportive and there for us loving, kind and always smiling he will truly be missed we love y’all may he rest in peace.

  29. Twyla D Wilkins

    My Sincere Sympathy

  30. Tarita Harris Toe Toe

    To family of Brother Bernard I am so sorry for your family loss Bernard was a sweet man to me always kind to me may the Lord God bless and continue to keep you ALL safe and be strong God bless you all ❤️‍ Tarita Harris

  31. Charletta Fentress

    Condolences to the Family

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