HOLLANDALE — Robert Earl Steverson, affectionately known as Bob by those who knew him growing up and by Steve to those who came to know him later, was born Dec. 20, 1946, to the union of Millie Rebecca Steverson and Nathaniel Steverson Sr. “Bob” was very proud of his Jackson heritage. He often spoke of the hardships their family had to endure particularly during their time on Wood St. It was during those years that a desire within Robert was forged to use education as a pathway to achieve success.
Robert was a lifelong learner and believed in the education system. He received his formal education in the Jackson Public School System. He graduated from Lanier High School Class of 1965 and furthered his education at Alcorn State University. It was there he received his BS in Elementary Education and was a proud member of the “Sounds of Dynamite” marching band. His continual pursuit of education led him to Mississippi College, where he received his Master’s in Guidance & Counseling. In 2002, Robert furthered his education at Delta State University, where a Master’s in Educational Leadership was bestowed.
Robert spent over 40 years as an educator in the Public School System. He spent over 30 years in the Hollandale School District, where he served as a guidance counselor. In this role, he developed formidable relationships, provided mentorship and guidance to countless students. However, his impact on students reached far beyond the scope of academia. He was a strong proponent of high school athletics as he held the position of assistant coach of basketball, football, and track. He even spent several years as the announcer of the Simmons High football games.
Robert later spent years as an administrator in the Western Line and Greenville Public School System until his retirement. His commitment to the advancement of education led him back to the Hollandale School District, where he served as the president of the School Board until his heavenly transition.
His devotion to Mt. Horeb M.B. Church was unrelenting, serving on the deacon board and as a trustee for nearly two decades. As associate superintendent and a teacher of the Sunday school, he utilized his passion for scholarship to teach others about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Robert was called home on July 1, 2020.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father Millie and Nathaniel, brothers Nathaniel & Michael Steverson and sister Millie Orbrey , and nephew Robert Steverson.
He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted wife, Geraldine “Bo;” his four loving daughters, Patrice, Michelle, Tambria, and Jasmine; nieces, Millicent and Tamara; nephews, Maurice, Steven (Youneka) and Jamie; godchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles, and close friends.
Visitation will be from 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, July 10, at Mount Horeb MB Church, 715 Martin Luther Drive, Hollandale. A private funeral service will be held Saturday, under the direction of Sanders-Byas Funeral Home, Hollandale.