Joel Stevenson

Joel Bond Stevenson

Wednesday, April 16th, 2042 - Thursday, July 16th, 2020
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Joel Bond Stevenson died on July 16, 2020 in Brevard, NC.
Joel was born April 16, 1942, to Mary (Wilson) Stevenson and J.J. Stevenson in Asheville. He attended Brevard College and Western Carolina University then earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He practiced law in Asheville for four decades and retired in October 2017.
Outside of what he affectionately dubbed the law factory, Joel spent as much time as possible outdoors - hiking, kayaking, SCUBA diving, mountain biking, and spelunking. Joel enjoyed reading poetry and history, learning Spanish, and playing his mandolin.
He is survived by his wife Dana (Mason) Stevenson, daughter Sarah Holly, son-in-law Jim and grandson Maxwell of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and niece Alana Hoenicke, her husband David, and their daughters Lauren and Vanessa of Greenville, South Carolina. Joel leaves behind caving buddies, law colleagues, countless friends, and well-loved cats, El Tigre and Lilly.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date. When we gather to remember Joel, there will be blue grass. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, your local humane society, or your favorite charity. Thank you to the nurses and staff at Accordius in Brevard for the care given to Joel.
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Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.
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Ken Davies

Posted at 08:06am
Joel and Bob Swain hired me fresh out of law school in 1980. Joel mentored me in the practice of law and became a guiding light in my development as an attorney. He was kind, thoughtful, and full of life. I treasure those early years before Charlotte lured me away. He was a gentleman and a scholar, who outsmarted most of his contemporaries. May he rest in peace. Blessing to his family.

James Hugenschmidt

Posted at 12:10pm
I had the pleasure and privilege to work with Joel on some cases and my experiences were unfailingly enjoyable and enlightening. Joel was interested and interesting, never ruffled, always optimistic, and his ingtegrity beyond question. He will be greatly missed.

Jim Hugenschmidt

Bob Clontz

Posted at 11:57am
Dana,so sorry to learn of Joel’s passing. I have many wonderful memories beginning with our days at Brevard College. He will be truly missed! Please let me know when plans for his memorial service are available. or 828-400-2042.

My thoughts an prayers are with you and family.

Bob Clontz

Bill Slawter

Posted at 06:28pm
My sincere and deep condolences to Joel's family. He was a lawyer who knew the law better than most. He used that knowledge and his legal skills to benefit countless clients through the years. He was always a good friend, going back to our days together in Chapel Hill. I hate that he has departed our realm so early. Bob Swain will be happy to have him join him once again in Heaven. Even inside the Pearly Gates, Bob may have another appeal he needs for Joel to work on for him.
Bill Slawter

John Clontz

Posted at 01:02pm
My condolences to Sally and all of the family! "Uncle" Joel was my Godfather and a lifelong family friend. At times he was my uncle, friend, adviser and my lawyer. We lost touch after my Mom passed away but, he was never far from my thoughts. We used to talk about creating the "Parrothead" bar in Asheville, drinking beer and listening to Jimmy Buffet. He will be missed and if there is anything you guys need, please do not hesitate to ask.
John Clontz & family

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