TOMMY STEPHENSON

Visitation and funeral services have been announced for former state legislator and Commerce mayor Tommy Stephenson.

Visitation will be  held Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at Little Ward Funeral Home in Commerce.

Funeral services will be held in the Little Ward chapel on Thursday at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the Commerce Rec. Department or the Commerce Public Library.

Stephenson died Sept. 16 of injuries from a car wreck that happened Sept. 9, according to a family social media posting.

Stephenson, 64, served as mayor of Commerce being elected when he was 25-years-old in the early 1980s. He was later elected to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.

In 1992, Stephenson was elected to the Georgia State House of Representatives where he served on the Defense & Veterans Affairs, Ethics, Health & Ecology and Rules committees. He eventually rose to be Majority Whip in the House.

He served as state representative until 1996 when he made an unsuccessful bid for Congress.

Stephenson was a respiratory therapist at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital and a member of River of Life Worship Center.

In addition to his parents, Stephenson was preceded in death by his son, Bo Stephenson; brothers, Leon and Bobby Stephenson; sisters, Joan Stephenson and Kay Franklin.

Stephenson is survived by his daughters, Kayla Smith (Charlie) and April Toney both of Commerce; sons, Jody and Steven Rogers both of Commerce; four grandchildren, Charlsey and Ceily Smith, Ella and Jack Toney; brothers, David and Jimbo Stephenson both of Commerce; and sisters, Linda Adams of Nicholson and Shirley Bell of Jefferson. 

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