Leonard Clay Stephens, 85, husband of Sarah J. Dinkins Stephens, died Sunday, June 27, 2021 in Columbia, SC. Born in Conway, he was a son of the late J. B. Stephens and Joyce Richardson Stephens. Mr. Stephens was a retired U. S. Army Chief Warrant Officer. He had a distinguished career over 20 years in the U. S. Army serving under three presidents, President Lyndon Johnson, President Richard Nixon and President Gerald Ford in the White House Communications Department as well as other departments. Surviving is his wife; two sons, Jeffery Stephens and Mark Stephens; one daughter, Angela Stephens; one brother, Harry Stephens; two sisters, Patty and Hilda. Graveside services will be held at a later date at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery with military honors. On-line condolences may be made at www.sumterfunerals.com Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.