Memorial services set for Lois DeBerry

Donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or the Lois M. DeBerry Memorial Fund at the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

FILE -- In this Dec. 14, 2011, file photo, Rep. Lois DeBerry, D-Memphis, talks in her Legislative Plaza office in Nashville, Tenn. DeBerry, one of the longest serving female lawmakers in the nation and a powerful influence in state politics, died Sunday after a nearly five-year bout with pancreatic cancer. She was 68. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Funeral services have been set for state Rep. Lois DeBerry.

A graveside service for family members is scheduled for Saturday.

At noon Saturday, a legacy celebration is scheduled to take place at First Baptist Church-Broad in Memphis.

Donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or the Lois M. DeBerry Memorial Fund at the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

DeBerry died Sunday after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. She was 68.

DeBerry was the longest-serving member of the state House of Representatives and second-longest in the entire Tennessee General Assembly.

She also was the second African-American woman to serve in the General Assembly and the first female speaker pro tempore in the House.


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