Mr. Gary Ben Stephenson

Mr. Gary Ben Stephenson, recently of ColumbiaSouth Carolina but a long-time ToccoaGeorgia resident, passed away Saturday, September 9, 2023, at the age of 80.


A son of the late Mary Helen Ayers McGee and Ben Yow Stephenson, he was born October 16, 1942, in Stephens CountyGeorgia. He was a graduate of Toccoa High School and Piedmont CollegeGary worked several years as a teacher and coach before pursuing other vocations in manufacturing and sales. He was well-known as a jovial, friendly, and most helpful fixture in the sporting/automotive section at K-Mart and men’s clothing at Belk, both in Toccoa. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Toccoa.


He is survived by his wife, Mary Stephens Stephenson of LexingtonSouth Carolina; son and daughter-in-law, David and Meg Stephenson of LeesvilleSouth Carolina; and three grandsons, Xander, Reese, and Wesley.


A celebration of life service will occur Saturday, September 16, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church Toccoa with The Reverend David Ritcey, The Reverend Brett Sanders and The Reverend Christ Camden officiating. The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers, David Abbot, Travis Fleming, Steven Gilmer, Rich Haney, Shannon McFarlin and Gerald Turner.


The family will receive friends in the church Chapel from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Online condolences may be left for the family at


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mt. Horeb MKids Special Needs Class, 1205 Old Cherokee RoadLexingtonSC 29072 in memory of Mr. Gary Ben Stephenson.


Interment will follow in the Stephens Memorial Gardens with the Acree-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Gary Ben Stephenson.