Johnnie Stepney

Johnnie Stepney, 84, of Brookhaven, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson.  

Services were held Sunday, Jan. 11, from Williams Mortuary Chapel with interment in New Hope M.B. Church Cemetery in Brookhaven.

Mr. Stepney was born in Lincoln County on March 2, 1924, to Leon Stepney and Alma Purnell Stepney.

He attended New Hope school and retired from Phillip Brothers Lumber Company after 35 years of service. Mr. Stepney was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his sons, Leon Stepney and Kenneth Rockingham; a sister, Jannie White; a brother, David Stepney; and a granddaughter, Jazmine Stepney.

Survivors include: his wife of 30 years, Flossie Stepney of Brookhaven; children, Johnnie Stepney of Tacoma, Wash., Jerry Stepney of Houston, Texas, Linda Harris of Hazlehurst, Johnathan Stepney of Monticello, Levois Rockingham, Carolyn Rockingham, Jacquelyn Rockingham, April Truss, Barbara McNulty, Teresa Rockingham, all of Brookhaven, Gloria Maye of Hazlehurst, Leteaser Koita of Atlanta, Ga., Herman Rockingham of Shreveport, La., Kessler Rockingham, Isreal Rockingham, both of Brookhaven, and David Harris of Milwaukee, Wis.; brothers, Roosevelt Stepney, of Hattiesburg, and Emmanuel Stepney, of St. Louis, Mo.; sisters, China Finister of Los Angeles, Calif., Vera Jackson, of Pacoima, Calif., Willie Social of Hattiesburg, and Erma Robinson of Brookhaven; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

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