Ms. Tonia Yolanda Draper

Tonia Yolanda Draper was born on October 31, 1958, to Kenneth and Louetta Springs Hall. She attended Kingsport City Schools and graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 1978. She then attended Bill Wampler's Beauty School and, throughout the years, maintained clientele in hair and makeup. Tonia was also a member of Central Baptist Church and sang in the youth choir (CBS).

Tonia won several beauty pageants and was a debutante. Her unique tenor sound paved the way for her to perform at many events throughout the Tri-Cities of East Tennessee. While attending Abundant Living, she sang in the praise team and two groups: Chosen Generation and Rapture.

In 1992, Tonia moved her family to Pigeon Forge, TN, after being hired to perform in The Passion Play. She later developed, along with Melissa Harris and Regina Pate, a trio called True Divine. For 20 years, they blessed the East Tennessee region by performing at many church services, weddings, and shows such as the Nativity Pageant. She had a special love and way with children that led her to a 24-year career as a Teacher's Assistant for the Sevier County Board of Education. She was affectionately known as "Ms. Tonia" and "Momma Tonia" by all her students and colleagues.

Tonia was an avid collector of Angels. Throughout the years, she received over 1000 angels from her family, friends, and students.

Tonia was proceeded in death by her father, Kenneth Springs Sr.; her father who nurtured her, Anderson Rudolph Hall; brothers, Curtis and Kenneth Wayne Springs; grandparents, Lester and Janie Springs and John and Louise Stewart; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

To mourn her passing, she leaves her mother, Louetta Springs Hall; son, Odell (Ashley) Draper III; daughter, Shenaiah (Dwayne) Thomas; sister, Vanessa Yvette Springs; EXTRA special siblings; Kenny (Nicole) Springs Jr., Jamie Springs, and Sherika Nicole Springs; her beloved grandchildren, Tyreese, Taiya, Leilani, Cailyn, Dallas, Carson, and Brayden; great-grandchildren, Sherry and Anastasia; and a host of very special friends, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of life service for Ms. Tonia Draper will be conducted Friday, July 1, 2022 at 1 pm from Central Baptist Church in Kingsport, TN. The family will receive friends from 12 pm until the hour of service. Interment will follow at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, Va.

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