STEVENS, TOMMIE JEAN ARMSTRONG - surrounded by family, and guided by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, passed to a peaceful eternal transition at Tennova Hospice Healthcare, December 20, 2013. Born to the union of Wille Bea Moore and Lee Crockett Armstrong, August 7, 1935, in Lafollette, Tennessee. She attended school at the Lafollette Colored School. She retired as a technical librarian from Department of Energy Office of Scientific Technology information Center for over 30 years. Known throughout the city and surrounding counties as the "African American Historian Mother of History. Known as one of the great historical story teller of surrounding area counties and mountains. Before her failing health, Ms. Stevens served as a mother in the church, member of Abby Gail Vinson Committee, member of senior choir, member of Reverend C. C. Fuller Fund of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Oak Ridge, TN. Ms. Stevens was the original initiator of the segregation of Oak Ridge School system. One of the first American women to become a member of Oak Ridge School PTA council. Originator and president of the Oak Ridge Beautification Committee for the Scarboro Community. She was an active member of the NAACP and the first co-chairman in Oak Ridge representing Congress Organization of Racial Equality. Ms. Stephens loved the outdoors being with nature and its surroundings. One of the first Girl Scout leaders for the young women of the Scarboro community. Preceded in death by husband, Jeff R. Stevens. Ms. Stevens leaves to cherish here precious memories; beloved daughters, Hirtizine B. Teasley, Crystal C. Frye (Lamont), Gloria M. Currie (Stacy); four grandchildren, Mia T. Currie, of Goldsboro, NC, Clarra D. Teasley, Knoxville, TN, Loreal Frye, Knoxville, TN, Torrenzo Frye, Memphis, TN and LeDarian Frye, Memphis, TN; a host of great grandchildren, cousins, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Family will receive friends, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Saturday, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church; funeral service, 1:00 p.m., Rev. Tommie Mims, officiating. Interment Oak Ridge Memorial Park. Arrangements by Jarnigan & Son Mortuary. www.jarnigansmortuary.com
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Dec. 22 to Dec. 24, 2013