Reverend DeWitt Stevens Sr. was born on January 7, 1928 to the late Washington and Beatrice Stevens in Surrency, Georgia. He was the second youngest of nineteen children.
Reverend Stevens served in the US Army for several years and after receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, he married his childhood sweetheart and the love of his life, Eva Jones. The two shared 62 years of marriage. Born from this union were five children: Raymond (deceased), Diantha, Norma Jean, DeWitt, Jr. and Gary.
Reverend Stevens also pursued other career paths and became a licensed real estate broker and an insurance agent for New York Life Insurance Company. In his twenty year career with New York Life Insurance Company, he was afforded many honors, including becoming a qualifying member of The Million Dollar Round Table and a Notary Public. He received awards such as the National Quality Awards, National Sales Achievement Award and Top Club Award. Reverend Stevens also served as a member of the NAACP and National Association of Life Underwriters in which he was featured and received recognition in Life Magazine as one of the top African-American male Life Insurance Underwriters.
After retiring, Reverend Stevens and Eva leisurely spent time between their homes in Norwalk, Connecticut and West Palm Beach, Florida. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and traveling to various countries. During his travels, he had the opportunity to meet boxer Mohammed Ali and recording artist Stevie Wonder.
His favorite hobbies were singing, playing the piano, and swimming. He will be forever remembered for his wise story telling and moniker “Big Daddy”. His life and legacy will forever live in the hearts of those he touched.