Kindell Stephens, 64, longtime Sports Information Officer at Tennessee State University, passed away at his home on Wednesday, January 2, 2008.
A stand-out basketball player at Fisk University, Stephens came to Tennessee State during the glory days of the “Big John” Merritt Era and served as the sports information director and “Voice of the Tigers” on TSU radio broadcasts for many years. Stephens worked closely with many TSU coaches and athletes, coining many of the colorful nicknames associated with Tiger greats such as Joe “747” Adams and “Jefferson Street” Joe Gilliam.
Stephens had become a historian, of sorts, for TSU athletics and at the time of his death he was completing a book on Tennessee State University athletics.
Stephens’ body is in the care of Lewis & Wright Funeral Directors in Nashville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time