Son, brother, husband, daddy, grandaddy, friend. There will never be a man on earth to fill all these roles perfectly, but Dwayne came as close as humanly possible.
Dwayne Lemon Stokes, age 62, passed away on Friday May 28, 2021.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Kathryn Walker Stokes; his brother, Dwight Billy Stokes; and his sister, Kathy Stokes Kareken.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Bryant Stokes, his two daughters, Ginny Brand (Phillip) and Katie Jordan (Bo); six grandsons, Lane Martin, Clay, Rhet, Luke, Tate Brand, and Cash Jordan; his father, Billy Stokes; his sister, Melissa Stokes Ferguson; and several nieces and nephews.
Dwayne was born on December 11, 1958, in Marietta, GA, to Billy and Kathryn Stokes. He was raised in Acworth, GA, and was a 1976 graduate of North Cobb High School. He went to work at Atlantic steel in 1977, where he was a valuable employee for 44 years. He climbed the ladder from crane operator to logistics facilitator where he managed and greatly influenced many men during his career.
Dwayne met his wife of almost 42 years, Shirley, in 1976 at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, GA. They were married on June 24, 1979, in Clay, Alabama. They shared 44 wonderful years together, building a remarkable life full of love, laughter, adventures, and sometimes heartache, but they always had each other, and loved one another more than life itself. Dwayne was blessed with two daughters, and has been lucky enough to always live less than 5 miles from them in Emerson, GA. Although Dwayne only had two biological children, blood didn’t matter to Dwayne, as he was a daddy and a grandaddy to anyone that welcomed it.
Dwayne was a man of many traits, but patience, honesty, and reliability are what made him so good. His humor and his heart are what made him, HIM.
There never would have been enough time with him on earth, but we all know we will see him again. Anyone who ever knew Dwayne KNEW he was a man of faith and had been since he accepted Christ almost 50 years ago at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Acworth. Dwayne left a wonderful testimony, as seen by the life he lived and the fruit he bore.
A celebration of life service will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 4, 2021, at Emerson Church 11 Franklin Loop SE, Cartersville, GA, with Rev. Chris Weldon officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at Owen Funeral Home from 4:00 pm until 8:30 pm and on Friday, June 4, 2021, from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at Emerson Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Singh Research Foundation. Dwayne’s grandson, Luke has a very rare metabolic disorder called MMA, and is treated by Dr. Singh. This foundation is responsible for the research and the funding of metabolic disorders, including Luke’s condition. Nothing would have pleased Dwayne more than donating to this cause. Mail gifts to Emory University office of gift accounting, 1762 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322.