Oldest living high school graduate in Tennessee dies at 107

Flonnie Stephens was the oldest living high school graduate in Tennessee

(Photo: Family of Flonnie Stephens)

ONEIDA (WATE) – The oldest living high school graduate in Tennessee died Sunday in Scott County.

(Photo: Family of Flonnie Stephens)
(Courtesy of: Family of Flonnie Stephens)

The family of Flonnie Stephens, nee Webb, tells WATE 6 On Your Side, that she died peacefully after having an illness. Stephens would have turned 108 in January.

Her family says, “She was a local celebrity, known for her kindness, independence, hard work, sense of humor and lovable personality. She was idolized by young and old, but this 5-foot-tall, 80-pound “hero”: took it all in stride, saying only that she had been greatly blessed.”

Stephens graduated high school in 1929 from Oneida High. “I don’t feel like I’m that old. I tell people ‘I’m not that old,’” said Stephens in a 2015 interview.

She told WATE her secret to living a long life. “I’ve been honest, I’ve worked hard and I’m so thankful that I’m still able to go and do what I do,” said Stephens.

Stephens leaves 4 daughters, 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held December 17 at West-Murley Funeral Home in Oneida.

Related: Oneida woman turns 106 on Thursday

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