Mayor Glendel Stephenson 88, of Mebane, NC passed away on Friday May 28, 2021 at the Hospice Home of Burlington. A native of Erwin, North Carolina he moved to Mebane in 1963, as Manager of The Central Carolina Bank in Mebane. He was employed with the Bank of Harnett in Erwin, later with Durham Bank and Trust Company, then Central Carolina Bank, retiring at the end of 1996. Professionally, Mayor Stephenson worked 43 years for Central Carolina Bank (now SunTrust Bank) where he retired as Regional Senior Vice President. The last 25 years before retiring, he served as Regional Senior Vice President of CCB, with responsibilities for offices in Burlington, Graham, Mebane, and more than 15 other offices. Mayor Stephenson served as Mayor of the City of Mebane for 35 years. During that period he has been a major contributor to the positive and charming community feel of the City. His leadership and business acumen, honed after years in banking, has contributed immensely to making Mebane a dynamic piedmont community. He has also served, at various times, as a member of the Board of Directors of Kingsdown, Inc. and a former Board member of Alamance Regional Medical Center Charitable Foundation. A member of First Baptist Church of Mebane he sang in the Adult choir, has served for many years as Church Moderator (conducts business meetings of the church), is an Assistant Teacher of the Koinonia Adult SS Class, and is an Ordained Life Deacon. He served as a member of the Alamance Community College Board of Trustees for 20 years, served as Chairman of that Board, and Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, in addition to 7 years as a Foundation Board Member, which he also served as Chairman. He was an avid Boy Scout where he earned his Eagle Badge and was a member of the Order of the Arrow and received Boy Scout Man of the Year of Alamance County. He served a short term as Scoutmaster in Erwin. He was a long time member of the Mebane Exchange Club, serving twice as President. He served on the General Board of the Baptist State Convention for 5 years, serving as Chairman of the Business Management Committee and as Chairman of the Convention Budget Committee. He graduated from Louisburg College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BSBA degree), playing on the UNC Basketball team under Coach McGuire, the Carolinas School of Banking, the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking, and the UNC Executive Program. Glendel was a proud recipient of the Order of the Long leaf Pine awarded by the Governor of North Carolina. Survivors include his wife, Pat South Stephenson; his sons, Marshall Stephenson and wife Lisie and Alan Stephenson and wife Cathy; a step daughter, Edee Wilcox and husband Mike; his grandchildren, Ashley Oswald and husband Cory, Bryce Stephenson and wife Jessi, Lindsay Stephenson, Trevor Stephenson and Rocky Stephenson; step grandchildren, Nick and Kristen Wilcox; great grandchildren, Ella Grace, Logan and Taylor. Glendel was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Julie Beard Stephenson and his two loving sons, Ashley and Reid Stephenson. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM on Wednesday June 2, 2021 at the First Baptist Church of Mebane with the Pastor Sammy Ballard officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 PM on Tuesday June 1, 2021 at the McClure Funeral Home in Mebane and other times at the residence of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the ACC Scholarship Fund at 1247 Jimmie Kerr Rd, Graham, NC 27253. Online condolences may be offered at www.mcclurefuneralservice.net. Mayor Stephenson has brought respect, honor, and integrity to the office of Mayor, exhibiting the highest level of ethics and maintaining a superior moral character. Mayor Stephenson’s unwavering commitment, willingness and ability to understand and respond to the concerns of the people of Mebane, has made a substantial contribution to the betterment of the City of Mebane. The memorial service will be lived streamed on First Baptist Church of Mebane's YouTube page.
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