Thomye Cordelia Steen

thomye steen

August 19, 1936 ~ February 22, 2022

Born in: Washington County, Texas
Resided in: College Station, Texas

Thomye was born on August 19, 1936, in Washington County, Texas to the late Thomas Godfrey Whiting and Addie Lee Whiting. She was their first-born child and the first-born granddaughter of Lott Robert Whiting and Cordelia Whiting. Her cousins called her “Little Sister”. To her ten siblings she was a “big sister” as well as an impeccable role model. 

She accepted Christ as Lord and savior and united with St. Matthew Baptist Church in Old Washington, Texas under the pastoral leadership of Reverend West. 

A young woman with purpose, she attended Post Oak Ridge School in Washington County and graduated from high school in Bon Wier, Texas. The dedicated student enrolled at Prairie View A&M University and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education at age nineteen.

After graduating she moved to College Station, Texas, met and her soul mate, Philip Steen Jr. on May 11, 1957. To this union four children were born; Philip Duane Steen III, Starla Renee Steen, Rhonda Yvette Steen and Natalie Raina Steen.

Thomye was a faithful member of Washington Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. She sang in the choir, served as a deaconess, belonged to the women’s mission and made bread for the Lord’s Supper. 

A champion for education, she enjoyed an extended teaching career at Jones High School in Snook, Texas and College Hills Elementary School. Dedicated to the field she taught second-grade for twenty-seven years.

After retiring, she doted on her grandchildren. The best part of her weekdays was when she called her grandchildren to make sure they’d gotten home from school safely. She also enjoyed Major League baseball, solving crossword puzzles and doing needle point.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Wilfred Whiting and Reginald Whiting.

She leaved to cherish her memories, a devoted husband of sixty-four years Philip Steen Jr. Children: Philip Steen III (Kathy), Starla Renee Sloan (Don), Rhonda Yvette Steen and Natalia Raina Bradley (Paul). Grandchildren: Philip Steen IV (Leitha), Kellee Steen, Allyn Sloan, Ariel Sloan, Leo Belton Jr., Michael Belton (Devan), Ellen Belton Paul Bradley III and Jordan Bradley. Great-Grandchildren: Malaia Steen, Kaylee Steen, Raylee Henry, Kyrah Thomas, Royal Steen, Oaklen Thomas, Keith Jones, Jai’el Peterson, Cam Brown, Philip Steen V, Journee Sloan, Kimora Belton, Kina Belton, Jayson Rensvold, Maverick Rensvold and Evangeline Belton. Brothers: Warren Whiting (Ann), Johnny Whiting (Belinda), Charles Whiting and Stanley Whiting. Sisters: Nelda Moody (Jerry), Bessie Finley (Eddie), Lorraine Washington, Rubye Randle (Thomas). Brother-in-Law: James Steen (Andre). Sister-in-Law: Esther R.S. Thomas and a host of nephews and nieces.
A visitation will be held from 12pm to 6pm Friday March 4, 2022, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center in Bryan. Funeral services are set for 12pm Saturday, March 5, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center in Bryan with interment to follow at the College Station City Cemetery.


Visitation: March 4, 2022 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


Funeral Service: March 5, 2022 12:00 pm

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


Interment: March 5, 2022 1:00 pm

College Station City Cemetery
2530 Texas Ave S
College Station, TX 77840


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  1. When I moved back to Bryan in Jan. of ‘72 I was hired by College Station ISD. I went to work for South Knoll and met Ethel Mae Delley who I believe was your sister-in-law. She introduced us and I was blessed to be able to work with you at workshops and we were all 3 members of the retired teachers association. You were such and elegant, loving lady and I know you touched the hearts of many people. Prayers for your family and heaven will be a better place with its newest angel. ❤️

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