Friends, loved ones remember Charles Stevens, war vet and gay activist

More than 100 friends, family and loved ones gathered at the Phillip Rush Center on Saturday, May 16, to memorialize Charles Stevens, 87, who died on May 5.

A gay activist who was active with such groups as Prime Timers, SAGE and the American Veterans for Equal Rights, Stevens was remembered for his generous spirit. A reception followed at one of Stevens’ favorite dining spots, Radial Cafe.

He was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on June 6, 1927. His his life partner of 38 years, Bill E. Muha, died 10 years ago. He is survived by his sister, Eleanor L. Stevens, one niece, and five nephews.

A veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict, Charles was awarded the WWII Victory Medal. Yankee born, he quickly became the personification of Southern Gentleman when he moved to Atlanta in 1958.

Contributions may be made in Charles’ memory to The Health Initiative. Stevens donated his body to Emory University School of Medicine.