Ms. Kimberly Ann Chappell Stevens
"Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth 'You owe me.' Look what happens with a love like that…it lights the whole sky." –Hafiz
Kimberly Stevens embraced everyone she knew with great love and an open heart. She was born on May 25, 1966 to the late Frank Chappell, Jr. and Ann Coleman Chappell in Thunderbolt, Georgia and eased into eternity on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
She graduated from St. Vincent's Academy and received her B.A. from the University of Georgia. She then attained her Master's of Public Administration at Savannah State University as well as an Education Specialist degree. Over the course of several decades she served the Savannah Chatham County Public Schools as a Teacher, Reading Specialist, Principal, Center Leader and Family and Community Engagement Coordinator and was recently elected president of the Retired Teachers Association of Chatham County.
She was an active and committed member of St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church where she sponsored and participated in many special events to benefit its congregants and the community. An astute politician, Kimberly was elected to the Town of Thunderbolt Council in 2005 and currently served as Mayor pro tem. As President of the Thunderbolt Community Association she worked to ensure a high quality of life in the neighborhoods she served. In addition, being a loyal member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and The LINKS, Inc. she gave of her time, energy and talent to these beloved organizations as well as President of The Charms, a social group composed of young women intent on improving the educational and economic outcomes of our youth.
Kimberly was preceded in death by her father, Frank Chappell, Jr. in May of 2017. She is survived by her son, Franklin Stevens, a college sophomore; her mother, long time educator Annie Chappell; a brother, Dr. Anthony Chappell (Graciela); and fiance' Dr. Antonio Sellers. She also leaves to mourn her loss twin nieces, Emma and Amanda Chappell; her Aunt LaRue Stephens; her special Godmother Bernice Rivers; and best friends Dr. Pamela Prather and Dr. Sonya Shepard. She bids a fond farewell to her dear cousin, Mr. Willie King (Sandra) an aunt, Maggie Coston, of Akron, Ohio and lifelong friend, John E. Hall.
Graveside services will be held 11:00 A.M., Friday, July 10, 2020 at Oak Grove Cemetery.
Viewing will be held from 4 - 6 P.M., Thursday, July 9, 2020 at the funeral home.
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Published by Savannah Morning News from Jul. 2 to Jul. 5, 2020.