Tonsa is the daughter of the late Dr. Abraham Walton, Sr. the late Tonsa Adams Walton now resting in the Lord, but formally of Garysburg, North Carolina. She has been married to Larry L. Gary for 23 years and their union was blessed with two daughters Skylah and Sierra Gary. On May 8, 2016 their daughters will graduate from her undergraduate alma matar, Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, NC. Our Speaker and her family reside in Roanoke Rapids.
She is a member of the St. John Missionary Baptist Church an Dr. Roosevelt Askew is her pastor and she has been their minister of music for over nearly 20 years.
She holds a BS degree in criminal justice from Elizabeth City State and an MA degree in education from Chowan University. She has worked as an educator in the public school system of NC for 21 years.
She’s currently an instructional coach at Windsor Elementary School in Bertie County.