Obituary of Stephen Frank Atwood
Obituary for Stephen "Pastor Steve" Frank Atwood
In Loving Memory….
Stephen "Pastor Steve" Frank Atwood, resident of Gaston, South Carolina, passed away on October 10, 2018 at his home at the age of 77 in the presence of his family. Stephen was born on December 4, 1940 to Adelbert E. and Natalie Atwood in Menlo Park, New Jersey and moved to South Carolina at the age of 1.
At the age of 6 years old, he moved to Pasto, Colombia with his family while they completed missionary work. Stephen was a child of the Lord and continued his devotion throughout his life by becoming a minister at Alta Vista Baptist church as well as Gantt Street Baptist church. He was also a pastor at several low country churches.
He also worked in the construction industry as a carpenter and supervisor. He met his wife, Jean Atwood and they were married December 1, 1984. Together they enjoyed square dancing and camping.
Stephen was a firm believer in the Lord and spent his time at home reading the Bible in Spanish, Hebrew and Greek. He was also an avid singer and enjoyed singing new hymns to his family and his church.
He was an active member of the Heaven Saints Motorcycle Ministry, the Royal Rangers, the men’s ministry and Sunday school at New Hope Worship Center.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jean Atwood; his siblings Jamie Atwood (Bonnie), Susie Poston (James), Gloria Dorris (Tommy), Adelbert A.Atwood (Francis), and Faith Atlman. He will be missed by his children; Jennifer Schilerholz (Josef), Ronnie Rodgers and Billy Rodgers, Tommy Atwood and Becky Sullivan, as well as his grandchildren; Elizabeth and Alex Rodgers, Christina and Eric Schlierholz and Stephanie Livingston.
The visitation will be held Saturday, October 27th, 2018 at 11:00 am at the New Hope Worship Center in Gaston, South Carolina. A Memorial service will be held in the same location at 12:00 pm. Dress is casual and Saints are encouraged to wear their colors.
Visitors will be welcome at the home of Stephen’s daughter Jennifer after the service.
Memorial donations may be made to New Hope Worship Center Missions fund, Harvest Hope Food Bank or the family.