OCEAN ISLE BEACH — James Richard “Jim” Stevens, 71, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, after a valiant fight with COVID-19.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Lynne Stevens (together 46 years); mother, Geraldine Stevens (age 99) of Hartville, Ohio; son, Joshua Stevens (Carol Donnelly) of Charleston, South Carolina; and son, Jeremy Stevens (Karlien), and cherished granddaughter, Charlotte Rose, all of Wilmington; sister, Jean Luckmeier (Louis-deceased) of Copley, Ohio; brother, Carl Stevens (Peggy) of Hartville, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a multitude of friends.
Jim was a retired sergeant of the Akron, Ohio, Police Department since 1999, retiring after 27.5 years of distinguished service. His career included many years as a detective and part of the street narcotics undercover detail. Jim was a proud Vietnam veteran, life member of the VFW, VVA, NFOP and pro-active force of reuniting his fellow 577 Engineer Battalion buddies for annual reunions since 2011, having found over 500 members. Jim was an avid Harley rider and member of the Beach House Harley group, Shallotte; member of Beach Customs group, Little River, South Carolina; and member of the International Blue Knights group, Wilmington.
After Jim’s retirement, he and Becky relocated to Charlotte to further their love of boating on Lake Norman, then relocated to the beach, where they had been currently living in the wonderful community of Ocean Ridge Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach. They bowled on the community bowling league for many years and enjoyed many special friendships with their neighbors. Becky and Jim were lucky to have many wonderful vacations with family and friends and traveling in their R.V. the past few years.
Jim was extremely passionate about his politics! Jim is described by his 577 buddies as “one of life’s most memorable characters with an incredibly high level of energy, enthusiasm, intelligence, activity and ability to get things done. He far surpassed the average person in all those categories.” He will be greatly missed by those who had the privilege to know him. May he rest eternally in peace.
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