Panzie Merilyn Miller Stevens
CHARLOTTE - Panzie Merilyn Miller Stevens, 83, passed away unexpectedly on July 11, 2018 at her home. She was born October 4, 1934 in Paint Lick, KY, the youngest child and only daughter of the late Charles Joseph and Edna Mae (nee Sparks) Miller.
Mrs. Stevens graduated from the Foundation School at Berea and attended Berea College for Voice and Piano performance, later transferring to Georgetown College earning a Sociology BA. Receiving her teaching certificate shortly thereafter, she began a 40year career with a focus on grade school special needs children. Later, as part of her continuing interest in grade school education, she completed a Master’s Degree in Special Education from University of Toledo. During her working career she was very active in the churches she attended and typically volunteered as the Minister of Music, singing in the choir, or playing the piano and organ for services.
After retiring from teaching, Mrs. Stevens spent several years earning a Divinity Diploma from Duke University and receiving an appointment as a local Pastor in the United Methodist Church of Western North Carolina. Retiring from the United Methodist Church, she spent her time helping raise two incredible granddaughters until finally retiring into a quiet life in Charlotte, NC. In addition to church music, Mrs. Stevens also loved to quilt, crochet and needlepoint, and make her own clothes.
Left to cherish her memories are her son and daughter-in- law, Joseph Cleveland and Nella (nee Summey) Stevens of Charlotte, NC; granddaughters, Elizabeth Merilyn Stevens of Charlotte and Katherine Rebecca Stevens of Greenville, SC and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her older brothers, Jimmy, Kenneth andWayne Miller.
The family will receive friends from 12: 00pm until 1: 00pm, Wednesday, July 18th at McLean Funeral Directors, Belmont. A funeral service will immediately follow in the Bumgardner Chapel with Rev. Holly Evensen officiating.
Condolence messagesmay be sent online at www. mcleanfuneral. com. McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Stevens family.