Tina Jean “Tiny” Stephenson, the daughter of the late Thomas and Freddie Lee Adams Perry was born in Batesburg, South Carolina on September 13th 1935. She transitioned from this earthly life into eternal rest on April 23, 2022 under the loving and attentive care of the nursing team at The Wartburg Nursing Home, Mount Vernon, NY.
As a child, she attended Wesley Chapel CME church and attended schools in the twin cities of Batesburg-Leesville. Tina graduated from Twin City High School in 1953, a year prior to the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that ruled out segregation in schools.
After graduating from High school her older brother "Cee" brought her to New York City to start a new chapter of her life where she met and married her brother's close friend, Haywood “Steve” Stephenson. From this union of more than 35 years three children were born, Jacqueline Dolores, Belinda, and Maxine.
While living in New York, Tina took a job working in the dry cleaning industry. She then worked as a paraprofessional within the New York City Department of Education where she served over 30 years working with children with disabilities.
Tina joined Carter Community African Methodist Episcopal Church, Jamaica Queens in 1973 where she served for over 40 years on the Stewardess Board adorning the altar and preparing the Lord's Holy Communion. She also served on the Usher Board, the Missionary Board and the Evening Choir throughout the years.
A devoted wife and mother, Tina was a giving woman. She was an excellent hostess whose warm and loving home was a place of fellowship full of food, fun, family, and friends. Some of her hobbies included bowling, baking, crocheting, playing bid whist and sewing. Her coconut custard and sweet potato pies were amongst the best!
In 2014, Tina moved to Ohio with her daughter Belinda and family where she attended Celebration United Methodist Church. After moving back to New York, her services continued at Mt. Carmel AME Church in 2015 under the leadership of Rev. Paul Martin. Her illness never stopped her from being faithful and a God-fearing servant.
As her health began to decline, Tina crocheted scarves and blankets for everyone. She made sure no one was ever cold. Even as her illness progressed she donated quilts and blankets she no longer needed to residents of The Wartburg Home for their comfort and need.
Blessed with a large and loving family, Tina is preceded in death by her husband Haywood “Steve” Stephenson, son-in-law Keith Miles, seventeen siblings, and her parents. She is survived by her three daughters Jackie Elliott (NC), Belinda Miles (NY), and Maxine (Tremayne) Evans (NY); her grandchildren, Jason Nicholson, Michael Nicholson, Christina (Auktavian) Garrett, Tiffany Anderson, Tremayne "TJ" Evans Jr, Gordon Miles, Tia Evans, and Tequan Evans; her great grandchildren: Zuriah Evans, Armani Nicholson, JasonAndre’ Nicholson, Zion Oglesby, Imani Garrett, Nevaeh Evans; her sisters, Nancy (Clarence) Springs (SC), Geneva (Frank) Highly (SC), Dorothy (Eddie) Patterson (SC) and Freda Gantt (SC); her sisters-in-laws, Earlene Wood (Wilfred) Reynolds (MD) and Marion "Bunky" (Charles) Cherry (VA); and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, extended family and grieving friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent in memory of Tina Stephenson to:
The Wartburg Home Foundation
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