Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Anna Belle Clement O'Brien, 1923-2009

Miss Anna Belle, as she was known by all who knew and loved her around the state, passed away last night at UT Medical Center in Knoxville. She had fallen two weeks ago at her home in Crossville, and was taken to UT for treatment.

The sister of former Governor Frank G. Clement, she was a political force in her own right, having served in the state House and in the Senate from 1976 to 1996 representing much of the Upper Cumberland Plateau. She was also a candidate for Governor in 1982, losing a primary fight to Randy Tyree. I voted for her then, and I still believe she was the better candidate.

She was also the aunt of former Congressman Bob Clement, and our own Sara Kyle. Our thoughts go out to her family, friends, and the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women, for whom she served as a member, mentor, friend and leader.

She will be deeply missed.

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