Stephen Kwakutse Kwasikpui

Published 6:22 pm Sunday, January 8, 2012

Mr. Stephen Kwakutse Kwasikpui was born on November 3, 1921 in Wuti, Gold Coast,West Africato the late Seshie Kwasikpui and the late Rebecca Fiawoo Kwasikpui.  He received his earlier education including certifications with distinction in various subjects under the Commercial Education Scheme of the London Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

Stephen traveled by steamship to theUnited Statesin 1947 and enrolled as an undergraduate student at Johnson C. Smith University inCharlotte.  He graduated in 1951, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and History.  Mr. Kwasikpui obtained his Master of Arts Degree fromNew YorkUniversityin June, 1953.

On August 15, 1952, Stephen married his college sweetheart, the former Doris Byers, also a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, inBrooklyn,NYand to this union was born three sons.  Mr. Kwasikpui later became a naturalizedUnited Statescitizen.  He was a hard-working, devoted husband and father who believed in making sure that he provided for his family.

During his career, Professor Kwasikpui taught college level business courses at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, his alma mater, Johnson C. Smith University, Shaw University CAPE-High Point, and Winston-Salem State University, where he retired after serving there for 23 years.

Mr. Kwasikpui was a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, being initiated at Johnson C. Smith University by the Rho Chapter on December 14, 1948.  He also served as a faculty advisor to the fraternity while teaching.  He received numerous honors, including being selected to participate in studies atDukeUniversitythrough a Ford Foundation Grant.

Stephen and his family resided inGreensborofor many years prior to his wife, Doris, predeceasing him after 47 years of marriage.  He was an active member and Steward of the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church inGreensborountil his health began failing.  Later Mr. Kwasikpui moved toRocky Mountand was receiving long term care at the Northampton Nursing andRehabilitationCenterinJacksonat the time of his death on January 4, 2012 at the age of 90 years.

Stephen leaves to cherish his memory and love: his sons, Stephen B. Kwasikpui of the home in Rocky Mount, Retired Chief District Court Judge Alfred W. Kwasikpui and his wife, Shirley, of Seaboard, and Mark G. Kwasikpui of Alexandria, VA; two grandsons, Tremaine W. Kwasikpui of Ahoskie and Jerel L. Kwasikpui of Fayetteville; nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at thePineyGroveBaptistChurch,Jackson, with Pastor Timothy Edwards, officiating.  Interment will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2012 atLakeviewMemorial Park,Greensboro.

Faison’s Funeral Home, Inc.301 Park Street, Seaboard, has been entrusted with the arrangements, where a viewing will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 from 1-6 p.m. The family will receive friends at the home of Judge and Mrs. Alfred W. Kwasikpui,402 South Washington Street, Seaboard.

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