Memphis Lawmaker Dies from Cancer

Lois DeBerry, the longest serving member of the Tennessee House of Representatives died Sunday (July 28) from pancreatic cancer. DeBerry, 68, was the first black woman from Memphis to be elected to the House and climbed the ladder higher than any other African American woman in the chamber, earning the title of Speaker Pro Tempore. She served for more than 40 years. The Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Flyer have more on her life. Donations in DeBerry's honor may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at www.pancan.org. Funeral arrangements were pending at press time.