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Carolyn Steele

Carolyn Elaine Steele (Stevenson)

Friday, August 16th, 1957 - Thursday, June 27th, 2019
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A smile for all, a heart of gold, one of the finest this world could hold;
Never selfish, always kind, these are the memories she leaves behind…
Mrs. Carolyn Elaine Stevenson Steele, 61, was born in Calhoun County, Michigan on August 16, 1957, and was the daughter of the late Daniel and Juanita Fowler Stevenson. She passed away at her home surrounded by family on Thursday, June 27, 2019, following an extended illness.
She received her certification as a MED Tech and CNA. She was a member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church and was employed by RHA as a housing assistant. She enjoyed cooking, singing and caring for others. She was a loving, devoted and unselfish wife, mother, grandmother, sister, auntie and friend who loved everyone. Her love for others was unconditional. She was married to Jimmy R. Steele, who survives. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Aletha Torrence and Daniel Stevenson.
She leaves to cherish the memory of her life, her loving husband, Jimmy R. Steele of the home; five children, Jimmy (Crystal) Steele of Harmony, Jamie (Alisha) Steele and Jarome (Lakeya) Steele, both of Statesville, Janice L. Steele of Olin and Josh L. Steele of East Providence, RI; thirteen grandchildren, Lakeisha Gillespie, Keyrra Gillespie, Justin Steele, Justice Steele, J’Shaun Steele, Kameron Steele, Jalana Steele, Kalise Steele, Caleb Reep, Kaliya Hester, Antonio Jarome Steele and Madison McDonald; five great grandchildren, Kamdon Gillespie, Ke’Andrey McKee, KeMauri McKee, Kaniya Gillespie and Jeziryah Elaine Steele; one brother, Raymond E. Stevenson of Atlanta, Georgia; five sisters, LaRose (James) Redmond, Vivian S. (Larry) Holland, Dorothy A. Holland, and Sharon Crowder of Atlanta, Georgia and Mary F. (Alvin) White of Hertford, N.C.; four brothers-in-law, Clarence Steele, Dallas (Irene) Steele, John (Dorothy) Steele and Charles Steele, all of Harmony; three sisters-in-law, Martha Allison of Statesville, Janet Steele of Harmony and Ruby Lucas of Washington, DC; an honorary daughter and devoted niece, Joetta A. Bines; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and honorary friends including Yvonne Sheldon and Gwen Roseboro,
Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at 12:00 noon at The Mary B. Bigham Memorial Chapel of Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home. Apostle Jerome Temoney will officiate and Reverend Ardeal Roseboro will deliver the eulogy. Memories of the family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, but will assemble at the residence at other times.
Visit the Book of Memories for Mrs. Steele at Rutledge an Bigham Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Carolyn Elaine Steele.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary
    603 South Center Street
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  • Service

    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 12:00pm
    Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary
    603 South Center Street
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    Rev. Ardeal Roseboro
    Pastor Jerome Temoney

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Posted at 05:10pm
My sister I love and miss you. My day work end will never be the same. You was my ride home with our great conversation. Sometimes laughing sometimes arguments but great times all the same. I love you and miss you. You have your wings now. Tell mommy, daddy and junie we love them and miss them. You sister Mary Frances Stevenson White

Pam Turner

Posted at 12:13pm
Pam Turner,
Elaine was a very sweet woman so full of life and always had a kind word to say. She will truly be missed at Mt Nebo. I hate that I was unable to attend her services. The last time I spoke and seen her was about a month ago when I visited her in the hospital. She gave me a big hug and told me she loved me. My prayers and condolences go out to her family. May God continue to bless you... RIP Elaine


Posted at 05:15pm
My Neice. Elaine. I Love you even tho we didn’t see each other. But I’ll never forget how you looked at me one day. And said you’re the quiet type you don’t let no one get in you’re businesses. How right you were. And at the same time you inform me that you and my daughter had the same name. And I said no you’re name is Elaine. And my Daughter name is Carolyn Elaine. Well she set me straight again. She said my name is Carolyn Elaine. WOW 😮. She got me again. Lol. Because we only called her Elaine. I love you so much. Will Miss hearing about you. But I Know God Has gained Another ANGEL 😇!! To the Family. Know Aunt Lily Loves you all. Even tho I don’t see you and some I have never Met. God Bless and Much Love!!!😘🤗

Beulah Smith

Posted at 01:36pm
RIP Auntie my condolences to the family God makes no mistake Amen

Posted at 10:50am
Oh, Mrs Carolyn! I loved you so much! You were a true and loyal servant to those you worked with - and never backed down from a challenge - you challenged me as the Vocational Director to grow and develop in my role and never ever lose the heart that led me to my work. Our hearts are the same! Thank you for all you did and may you rest easy and Sing in Heaven - for you surely have earned it!!

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