So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; will uphold you with my right hand
Roy Anthony Stevens quietly transitioned to eternal life on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Roy, a twin, was born on May 18, 1941 to the late Roy Alva Stevens and the late Ivy Maude Brissett Stevens in Kingston, Jamaica.
Tony, as he was affectionately called, was educated in the Jamaican school system and graduated from Kingston College. Roy and his family immigrated to the United States and took up residence in Brooklyn, New York. After becoming a naturalized citizen, Tony enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1965 where his tour of duty included being stationed in New Mexico. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1969 and then served in the Air Force Reserves from 1969 through 1971.
Tony was a highly motivated self-starter who valued the potential opportunities which could be earned by insight, intuition and hard work. He matriculated at Fordham University in NYC where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA). While employed at AT&T he also earned a Law Degree from The Rutgers School of Law in Newark, NJ. Tony was employed at AT&T Corporate Headquarters in NYC and in New Jersey. He worked in the Engineering and Legal Departments. After 29 years of dedicated service, he retired from AT&T and established The Law Office of Roy A. Stevens in 1991, in Bridgewater, NJ. His areas of concentration were Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Residential and Commercial Real Estate Law. Through his diligence and work efforts, he was selected as the 2005 "Super Lawyer" which was published in the New Jersey Monthly Magazine. Tony was a member of the American Bar Association, The National Bar Association (National Black Bar), Garden State Bar Association (New Jersey Black Bar),) and the Somerset County Bar Association. Tony served in the State of NJ Office of the Public Defender in Somerset County where he enjoyed advocating for the disadvantaged.
Tony united in holy matrimony to Dian Allen in 1993. Tony and Dian were like-minded soul mates. They believed in serving the community and worked in partnership to advance the need for awareness and solutions to long standing social issues. They became active members of Mount Zion AME Church in New Brunswick, NJ where Tony served as the President of the CDC and was a member of the Trustee Board. After 15 years of loyal and dedicated service, they joined The First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ where he was active in the Men’s Ministry.
Tony believed in God, family, love, partnership, donating his time, talent and services, and the possibilities of a better world for the many hearts he touched in his community. His loving presence will be missed.
Those left to lovingly cherish his memory include his dedicated loving wife, Dian; 2 sisters, Jean Stevens of Lynnwood, NY and Ruth Stevens Duncker (Phillip) of Glassboro, NJ; twin brother Ronald Stevens Sr. of the Bronx, NY; 2 sisters in-law, Sonia Allen Battey ( Earl Battey-deceased) of Ocala, Florida, and Wanda Teresa Hampton (Edwin Wadkins) of Gaithersburg, Maryland; brother-in-law Rodney Edward Owen of Miami, Florida and a host of nieces , nephews, cousins other relatives and devoted friends.
Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me
will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die
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