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Tony Stephenson

Tony Stephenson, age 78, Unicoi, passed away Sunday, June 27, 2021, at his home after a lengthy illness. He is the son of the late Harold and Verl Hoyle Stephenson. 

Tony was a native of Flag Pond and had lived most of his life in Unicoi County. He worked for many years at Garland Tire. Tony enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a master at woodworking and could build anything.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Michael Stephenson and Bruce Stephenson; several aunts and uncles.

Survivors include his wife of fifty-two years, Pat Stephenson; one daughter, Teresa Gouge and husband, Dexter; two grandsons: Ethan Gouge (Mikaela) and Dakota Gouge (Sydney); three great grandsons: Brayden, Braxton, and Owen; one sister, Regina Blakley and husband, Melvin; five stepchildren: Gayla, John Paul, James Roger, Connie (Ray), and Susan; nine step grandchildren and eleven step great grandchildren; one aunt, Phyllis Hoyle; three nephews: Patrick Blakley (Jennifer), Rodney Stephenson, and Kris Stephenson (Shara); one niece, Connie Doss and husband, Wayne.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 1, 2021, from 1:00-3:00 PM in the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside service will follow at 3:30 PM in the Clear Branch Cemetery with Reverend Craig Shelton officiating. Pallbearers will be Dexter Gouge, Ethan Gouge, Dakota Gouge, Patrick Blakley, Wayne Doss and Scott Royston. Honorary pallbearers will be: Brayden Gouge, Braxton Gouge, Owen Gouge, Kris Stephenson and Rodney Stephenson. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home by 3:00 PM Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Amedisys Hospice Staff, especially Brittney Adkins for the care and love given to Tony and his family.    

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Stephenson family at  

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Stephenson family.  (423) 743-1380.