Stephens, Albert "Al"

Longtime Computer Programmer And IT Developer

Thursday, December 5, 2019
Albert "Al" Stephens passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at Hospice of Chattanooga.
 
He was born on Jan. 23, 1954, in Chattanooga, to the late Joshua and Ada Lee Stephens. 
 
Albert is survived by a sister, Joyce Ann Stephens of Chattanooga; two brothers, Antonio (Tony) Stephens of Capitol Heights, Maryland and Aaron Dewayne Stephens of Chattanooga; three nieces, Twanna Yvonne Ford; Erin Gabrielle Farris (Amaad) and Constance Rachel Cantey all of Chattanooga and a host of great and grand nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
 
Albert was a product of the Chattanooga Public School System graduating from Riverside High School in 1971.  Albert has always been a “techie” and began his career at First Tennessee Bank as a programmer while completing his certification in Computer Programming from the Electronic Computer Programming Institute.  He was also a member of the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity and graduated from Chattanooga State Community College with an Associate of Science in Information Technology in 1981.  Albert relocated to Atlanta, in the 1980s where he joined the Bibleway Deliverance Outreach Tabernacle in Marietta. He worked as a consultant with Ceridian Incorporated and Vital Processing Services and most notably, as a senior programmer analyst with Equifax, Inc., and as an IT Developer for The Home Depot.  Albert returned to Chattanooga in 2019 and worked a number of temporary jobs including Amazon and Delta Airlines prior to retiring from Volkswagen in January 2019.  Throughout Albert’s life he received numerous certifications for computer operating systems, HVAC, Real Property Appraisal, Life Insurance Sales, Automobile Sales Certified and a CDL to operate tractor trailers.  Albert loved reading and there were few challenges he could not conquer.
 
Albert enjoyed all professional sports offered in Atlanta, most of all the Atlanta Falcons and Braves.  He cherished time with family, especially taking his nieces and nephews on mini vacations and excursions.  It was not uncommon for Albert to drive to Savannah for a fishing expedition which he also enjoyed with his nephews Josson and Jonhye.  He has always been a loving, kind and generous soul and enjoyed life to the fullest as exhibited by contagious and hearty laughter.  With the exception of this Thanksgiving, Albert looked forward to being the turkey fryer and smoker for all who made a request.  He was that kind of man and we will miss our brother, uncle, cousin and friend immensely!
 
A memorial service will take place at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 7, 2019 in the chapel.
Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 423-622-9995

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