Deborah Ann Williams, 65, passed away on August 13th in her home surrounded by her family and loved ones after a brief battle with cancer.
She was born on August 12th, 1957 to the late Lodes Elijah Sherrin and Leta Fern Dollar. She was married at the young age of 15 and went on to have three children – David Douglas Newman, Charles Leroy Newman, and Angela Leann Dykes. She never finished high school, but she had a 40+ year career as a Certified Nurse’s Aide that she enjoyed. She loved caring for what she deemed ‘her residents.’ She always showed great compassion and went above and beyond to make sure they received the best care she could give them. For the last few years she worked at the Grandview Nursing Home, and she was very much looking forward to retirement in the coming year.
Deborah was married, and divorced, three times. She would always say she didn’t have time in her life for a man. She didn’t want anyone telling her what she could or couldn’t do or how she should spend her time and money. Instead, she lived her life for her grandchildren. She had three grandsons that she absolutely cherished – Anthony, Christian, and Sean. She also had four grandchildren-in-heart that she would do anything for – Alizabeth, Kaitlyn, Clifford, and Reiley. She loved and spoiled these kids and gave them everything they ever asked for. She was also always the designated babysitter and was always there when needed.
She enjoyed spending time with family and loved to travel. She went on her very first cruise in June to the Bahamas and had the time of her life. She wasn’t much of a movie watcher or a book reader, so in her free time she liked to play Sudoku and Solitaire card games.
Deborah was preceded in death by her parents, as well as, her sisters, Rose and Leta Marie, her brother, Raymond, her nieces, Terry Jo and Keisha, and her son, Charles Leroy Newman. She is survived by her son, David, her daughter, Angela, her son-in-law, Jay Dykes, her daughter-in-heart, Patricia Preston, her brothers, Lodes and Dale, her sister Terry Lynn, as well as her many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Per her wishes, there will not be a service or funeral. Instead, the family will be following through with her request to scatter her remains as her sons were with her closest family and friends present.
The family would like to send their sincerest gratitude to the staff of One Hospice for providing her with the best care and equipment that kept Deborah comfortable and allowed her to spend her final days surrounded by her family in the comfort of her home.
Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S. Henderson St.