DUNN — Laverne Johnson Stamper, 89, passed away Monday morning, Jan. 17, 2022, at Lower Cape Fear Life Care in Wilmington. She was born in Erwin on Feb. 2, 1932, to the late Lucy and Vernon Johnson, and was brought up in Harnett County.
Laverne completed nursing school in Fayetteville and enjoyed a long career as a nurse at Dorothea Dix hospital in Raleigh. Laverne married the love of her life, Bill Stamper, in September of 1956, and together, they worked very hard to provide for, protect, guide and teach their children. Her faith in Jesus Christ was foundational. She enjoyed reading her Bible daily and was guided by its wisdom. First John 3:18 was central to her walk with the Lord: “Little children, we must not love with word or speech, but in deed and truth.” She enjoyed serving through her church, First Baptist of Dunn, where she was a lifetime deacon and a long-time member of the Elizabeth Green Sunday school class. She was involved in Operation In As Much, loved visiting church members and extending any type of hospitality to her church family. Laverne also loved sewing, and to be outdoors, digging in the dirt, working with flowers, or being at the beach.
She is survived by her four children, David Stamper of Garner, Donna Fisher of Surf City and Benson, Rose Powers of Jefferson, and Anne Haywood of Smithfield; a brother, Leonard Johnson of Dunn; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A private service will be held on Thursday by Dr. Len Keever and can be viewed on Skinner & Smith website later that afternoon.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Operation In As Much at First Baptist Church of Dunn.
Condolences may be sent to 136 S. Pleasant Coates Road, Benson, NC 27504.