The funeral has taken place in New Castle, Delaware, United States of America, of Dr. Flomo Y. Stevens, a 1963 graduate of Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University).
Dr. Stevens died on November 15, 2015 in the State of Delaware. He was 76.
Dr. Stevens was a former Dean and Professor, University of Liberia College of Business. He also served as Professor at several American universities, including Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, University of Michigan, and St. Lawrence Technical University, Southfield, MI.
In his funeral sermon at Hope Lutheran Church in New Castle, DE last Saturday, Dr. Steven’s nephew, the Rev. Isaac Stevens, former Vice Principal for Administration at the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), said Dr. Stevens left a legacy of honoring and serving God, loving and caring for his immediate and extended family, and teaching and caring for many students in the fields of Accounting, Economics and Econometrics (the mathematics of economics).
His is a legacy not of fame or fortune, but of fruitful living, which will be acknowledged in Heaven, Rev. Stevens noted.
The preacher urged his listeners to make a difference now, so that they may leave a positive and lasting legacy tomorrow.
He told the audience that his uncle Flumo took him (Isaac) from the sixth grade and educated him to the Master’s degree level.
Mrs. Olina Bailey, Dr. Steven’s former wife of 28 years, thanked their daughter Wubu and other children, grandchildren and others for bringing their ailing father from Michigan to Delaware and caring for him, and for being at his beside side when he passed.
Olina, who was with the children at their father’s bedside when he passed, played a key role in organizing the funeral.
Mr. Kenneth Yakpawolo Best, the only Cuttington classmate at the funeral, in a brief tribute, recalled that Dr. Stevens’ classmates remember him for his brilliance in Math, which he willingly shared with many of them.
Mr. Best described Flumo as humble, kind and serious-minded, always willing to share.
“We remember that all of us from various parts of Liberia, along with him, entered the Cuttington campus in Suacoco, then in the Central Province (now Bong County) in early February 1960 as freshmen. Most of us graduated with him on December 2, 1963.
“Watching Flumo on the Cuttington campus,” Mr. Best said, “I always knew that he would go far.”
The Cuttington classmates, Mr. Best recalled, included Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, Wilton Sankawulo, young Bacon and Zizi Harris—all of whom graduated together with Flumo in 1959 from the Lutheran Training Institute (LTI) in Salayea, Lofa County. Flumo’s other Cuttington classmates included Esli Holder, Genevieve Best-Dorbor, George Anderson, Daniel T. Goe, Joseph Brown, John Stewart, Harwene (Peter) Tyee, Robert Ellis, Dr. James T. Tarpeh, Dr. Jerry Sauser, Counselor Z. Maulay B. Reeves and his wife Ruth Lymas Reeves, Rose Mendscole King Sherman, Mrs. Cassell-Reeves, Ruth Doe, Victoria Collins Ireland, Ambassador Thomas Brima, Kenneth Y. Best; and the classmates from Kenya in East Africa–Christopher Onyango, Charles Mbuthia, Phillip Ochieng and Obadiah Ngweri; as well as Bill Madundo of Tanzania.
Dr. Flumo Yanquoi Stevens was born in Fisibu, Lofa County on September 23, 1939 unto the union of Gelepa and Lorpu Bonawu. He was later adopted by his uncle, Daniel K. Stevens.
Young Flumo was baptized in the Lutheran Church, Lofa County and later became a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Southfield, Michigan.
Following Cuttington, Flumo earned the Master’s degree from Syracuse University, New York, and the MA and PhD degrees from the University of Nebraska.
After teaching in several US universities, including Wayne State in Detroit, Michigan, University of Michigan and Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI, Dr. Stevens returned home in 1977 to become Dean and Professor at the UL Business College. He returned to the USA in 1979 to help care for an ailing child.
He has published several articles on monetary policies of Liberia and a Managerial Accounting textbook adaptable to the needs of Liberian entrepreneurs.
Dr. Flumo Yanquoi Stevens is survived by four children: Kolu Stevens, Wubu Stevens-Hendricks (LerMande), Bonawu and Mackerson Kowa Stevens (Mackow), four grandchildren: Bonawu Stevens, Jr., Kayla and Jaylee Stevens and Kobe Hendricks; and former wife of 28 years and care giver, Mrs. Olina Bailey.
Also left to mourn his loss are three sisters: Yama Garwee, Viola and Nancy Stevens; many nieces, nephews and other family and friends in the USA and Liberia.