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Steven Leon Durant

March 11, 2021


Brother Steven Durant was 57, and departed this life Thursday March 11, 2021 in Florence County. He was the husband of Theresa Durant, the father of Cherise Durant, Chante Durant, Tyshanna Lester, the stepfather of Jessica Sistrunk and Rodney Sistrunk.

Funeral services are scheduled to be held at the Jackson & McGill Memorial Chapel on Friday March 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm. He will be laid to rest at the Sellers Chapel Church Cemetery. 


Steven Leon Durant, known to many as Steve, was born May 29, 1963 to the late John & Betty Mae Durant in Marion, SC.  Steve graduated from Marion High School Class of 1981. Following his graduation, he served his country by joining the United States Army.  After service in the Army, Steve was later employed by Masonite (International Paper) and Raytex consecutively for several years.  Finally, he became an 18-wheeler driver which was the job that brought him the most joy.  Steve was also a member of the Mason Chapter 399, True Light of Zion.  

In his younger days, Steve played baseball and basketball. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, watching tennis and football.  He was a diehard Washington Redskins fan and didn’t mind telling you they were the best team hands down.  One of his favorite hobbies at an early age was bird hunting.  If you knew Steve, he’d ensure you’d never go hungry so long as there were birds in the skies of Sellers.  He was good at both hunting and cooking them.  From Blue Jays to Sparrows, from fried to stewed, a bird didn’t stand a chance in Steve’s presence.  

His smile and personality were contagious making it hard to have a dull moment whenever he was around.   He was rarely seen without cracking a joke, laughing or saying his favorite word, “chile”. Those who knew him personally would know about the “Clubhouse Initiation”.   If anyone was ever going to join in, Steve would not allow them to come empty handed.  There was only one requirement to join in his club, you had to have a pack of meat!  And, if you ever went to visit Steve, and he didn’t answer the door, you could always find him sitting in his truck out in the parking lot listening to his music.  

Steve will be remembered as an amazing husband, father, son, grandson, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend.  He was a role model to all his nephews, young and old who would all agree that they wouldn’t be who they are today without his guidance and examples.  To know him was to love him and he will be greatly missed by us all. Our baby bird has finally gone home.

In addition to his late parents, He was preceded in death by two sisters Annie Rae Brock and Gladys Scott. Steve’s memory will live on in those who knew and loved him. To cherish his fond memories, His wife Theresa Sistrunk Durant of Marion, SC; His children: Cherise Durant of Spartanburg SC, Chante Durant of Sanford NC, Tyshanna Lester of Rock Hill SC and Stepchildren Jessica Sistrunk and Rodney Sistrunk both of Marion, SC; Two Grandchildren: Amiyah Harrison and Skylyn Peters both of Spartanburg, SC;  Two Brothers:  John (April) Durant and Jerome (Mary) Durant both of Indianapolis, IN; Five Beloved Sisters:  Betty Lee (Lamar Sr) Evans of Marion, SC , Gertie Durant of Mullins, SC, Vivian Durant of Sellers, SC, Diane (Hezekiah Jr) Sims of Latta, SC, and Maggie Durant of Sellers, SC.  A special nephew, Timothy (Velma) Durant, who was more like a brother and two special nieces, Abigail (Thomas) Ocean and Yvonda Durant, who were more like sisters. His memories will be cherished by a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins who each had a special place in his heart.  A few special friends: Gregory White, Kevin Gerald, Jimmy Lee Ford, Little Mike Felton, Raymond Felton, Joe Godbolt, Ricardo Limes, Chris Felton, Calvin Ellerbe and preceded in death are Tyrone Burch and Teddy Peterson. 

The family of Brother Steven Durant in consideration of the current health crisis facing our world, nation, state and local community, has decided to hold a private 50 people or less, family only, funeral service for their loved one with private interment immediately following. While the Durant family would love to be surrounded by your presence, they acknowledge the health risks to family, church members, friends, and particularly to those who are most vulnerable to this disease, the elderly and those with chronic  health conditions. What the family needs most at this time are your prayers and understanding. Thank you for your concern and cooperation.

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Funeral Service
March 19, 2021

2:00 PM
Jackson & McGill Memorial Chapel
612 South Main Street
Marion, SC 29571

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