TN. State Rep. Lois DeBerry Passes Away

TN. State Rep. Lois DeBerry Passes Away

Tennessee State Representative Lois M. DeBerry died surrounded by family and friends Sunday afternoon after battling pancreatic cancer.
MEMPHIS, TN--Tennessee State Representative Lois M. DeBerry died surrounded by family and friends Sunday afternoon after battling pancreatic cancer.

The devout Memphian has served the 91st District of Tennessee for more than 40 years and was the longest serving member of this state’s House of Representatives.

Representative DeBerry was the very first African-American woman elected to State Legislature from Memphis and Shelby County in 1972, and began her service one year later.

Among her other accomplishments, Representative DeBerry was the first female Speaker Pro-Tempore and the only African-American to serve in that capacity to date.

DeBerry grew up in Memphis and graduated from Hamilton High School and LeMoyne-Owen College.

She leaves behind her husband, Charles Traughber, son Michael Boyer, and other members of the Traughber and DeBerry family. The family is asking for privacy during this time.

Arrangements for the funeral are pending and will be announced when they are finalized

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