Robert Gerald Stevens, age 72, died Friday, December 29, 2017 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 PM Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Boles Funeral Home Chapel in Southern Pines with Rev. David Hudson officiating. Burial will follow at Bethesda Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Tuesday evening at Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines.

Gerald owned and operated Aberdeen Small Engine for 43 years. He was a member of the Aberdeen Fire Dept. for 17 years and served as the Asst. Chief for several years. He loved the outdoors, working in his yard and his garden. He was preceded in death by a sister, Bonnie Thompson and a brother James Stevens.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kay Maurer Stevens, a son, Jeff Stevens of Aberdeen, a daughter, Karen Rapatas and her husband Chip of Aberdeen, a sister, Elizabeth Tucker of Newport News, VA, grandchildren, Justin Stevens, P.C. Rapatas, Hannah Stevens, and Corey Rapatas, and great-grandchild, Dawson Wayne Stevens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8300 Health Park, Ste. 10, Raleigh, NC  27615.

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Boles Funeral Home is serving the family.

Mr. Stevens’ family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers at Sandhills Sentinel.

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