Thomas "Tommy" Stevenson
I write for a living...and I can honestly say this will be the most difficult assignment I have ever had. My family chose me to share the story of my Daddy’s life in this small space. It is an impossible task if done correctly, but within these confines, I will share what I can. If this were the Cliff notes edition, it would read something like this. Thomas William Stevenson (also known as Daddy, Pawpaw Tommy, Uncle Tommy, and Tommy) was born in Lafayette Louisiana on July 28th, 1942 and passed away at his home on Thursday, July 12, 2018. He spent his early years in Beaumont, Texas and his teenage and early adult years in Monroe, Louisiana. He graduated from Ouachita High School in Monroe in 1962...married Sue Brown in 1963...and moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana after the wedding. The reason for the move from north Louisiana to south Louisiana was business related. Daddy opened the first Gibson’s store in Baton Rouge on Airline Highway (later Howard Brothers). Daddy LOVED working in retail and he told us Gibson's and Howard Brothers stories alllll-theeeeee-tiiiiiime. Daddy didn’t graduate from LSU because he would not take time away from work the way the schedule sometimes required. He put his family first. He made it possible for his family to excel. Daddy left retail in 1977 to become a Star Route Mail Carrier in St.Francisville. He loved the people on his mail route and he loved being in nature everyday. I cannot even begin to count the number of pictures he took of all the critters he encountered each day. Daddy retired from the route after 34 years when heart problems became an issue. If I had to choose one word to describe Daddy, it would be “Encourager”. How else would a girl with a major speech impediment in her early years become successful in radio? “Your voice is magic”. He told me that every day. He believed in me when I did not believe in myself. The fact of the matter is, every single person in my family has a story of Daddy encouraging them and helping them to become what God intended them to be. Compassionate. Sentimental. Wise. Discerning. Excellent judge of character. Yeah...that one was really annoying in our dating years, but Daddy was always right. Funny. Mischievous. Nostalgic. Affectionate. That one is special too because Daddy’s father was not at all affectionate. Daddy said he would always show his family that he loved them, and he did. I don’t think the guys appreciated the kisses on the cheek, but they accepted them. Daddy was extremely well read. He could talk to you about darn near anything. History (which he absolutely loved) Politics, Cars, Guns/Weaponry, Plants, Animals, Music, Films...and the list goes on and on. After his retirement, many of us made a regular habit of calling Daddy throughout the day to talk about any and everything. He was always there to listen and give advice (which was always right). Daddy would send the occasional email...which consisted of letters in all caps and the message included in the subject line. He did things the way “He” wanted to do them. Haha He was also the master of the 6 remote controls TV watching experience. It was a true artform. God blesses us in many ways...the greatest blessing being our parents. We thank God everyday for the time we were given on earth with Tommy, Daddy, Pawpaw Tommy, Uncle Tommy. We look forward to the day we will be with him again in Heaven. Tommy was preceded in death by his parents William and Leila Stevenson, brother Johnny and sister Gail. In Laws Louis and Sadie Brown. He is survived by his wife Sue B. Stevenson, children Tara and Mike Alleman, Tasha and Jacob Carty, Tommy and Melissa Stevenson. Sister in law Linda Oswalt and nephews Rusty, J.J. and John Oswalt. Grandchildren Katelyn, Kelsey and Tommy Stevenson; Kaylin, Michael and Kevin Alleman; Lily Carty.
Visitation will be at Charlet Funeral Home, Inc. in Zachary on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 from 5pm until 8pm and continues on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 9am until service at 10am conducted by Rev. Jesse Means. Burial will be in Azalea Rest Cemetery, Zachary.