Former House member Thomas A. ‘Tommy’ Stevens Sr. dies at 80

Nov 9, 2011

The following article was published in The Florida Current on November 9, 2011:

Former House member Thomas A. “Tommy” Stevens Sr. dies at 80

Former state House member, citrus grower and insurance executive Thomas A. “Tommy” Stevens Sr. of Tallahassee died Sunday. He was 80.

Mr. Stevens represented Pasco, Hernando, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties in the House from 1962 through 1972.  He later was executive assistant to William H. Bevis, chairman of the Florida Public Service Commission.

A native of Dade City, Mr. Stevens was a fifth generation member of Pasco County pioneer family, the Burnsides.  His grandfather, Archie James Burnside, was Pasco County Clerk of the Court for more than 50 years. Mr. Stevens also served in the Florida National Guard. He was an active member of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents for many years and served on its board of directors, and was an avid fan of the University of Florida football team.

Mr. Stevens’ survivors include his wife, Henrietta Ellison Stevens; two sons, Thomas A. Jr. of Mims and Hayes W. of St. Joseph; four daughters, Mary Smisek, Nancy of Dade City, Laura Schrader of San Antonio, and Walker Morgan of Tallahassee;  13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Stanya Goff of Bartow, and an uncle, Stanley Castle Burnside of Dade City.  

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, Thursday at Bradfordville First Baptist Church. Viewing will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bevis Funeral Home in Tallahassee. A Saturday memorial service is scheduled in Dade City at Calvary Assembly of God Church.

Gifts in Mr. Stevens’ memory may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee FL 32308 or to Bradfordville First Baptist Church, 6494 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee FL 32312.

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