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Debra Ann Thompson


Debra Ann Thompson, 67, slipped away quietly on Saturday, January 14, 2023 to be with the Lord. She is preceded in death by her mother, Eddie B. Johnson, two favorite cousins; Gloria Turner Robinson, Boyzie “Chris” Robinson, and her beloved yorkie, Sam.

Debra graduated from Rule High School in 1973, where she was valedictorian of her class. She received a B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee in Education. Debra was a Special Education Teacher for Knox County Schools, at Sam E. Hill and Lonsdale Elementary, for thirty years. She was a faithful member of Rogers Memorial Baptist Church for over 48 years. She served on the Senior Usher Ministry, was the announcement clerk, and taught Sunday School for many years. Debra was a charter member of the Pi Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority at the University of Tennessee. She loved reading, shopping, working jigsaw puzzles, and going to the movies.

Debra leaves to cherish her kind and loving spirit with cousins Patricia (Kenneth) Bussell, Sandra (Jack) Hall, Rosemond (Mary Alice) Turner, Charles (Rose) Turner, Alex Turner, Paulette Robinson, Madasia (Tramar) Green, Marlon (Michelle) Bussell, Lynn Bussell, Khari Turner and her bonus family Corine Crawford, Bryan (Kitty) Crawford, Billie Johnson, Mona Dockery, Justina Glaze, Sue Hamilton, Lara Beth Hamilton, Thomas (Kelsey) Hamilton, Cindy (Charlie) Barker, and Carmen Cunningham (Vero Beach, FL). Debra also leaves a host of cousins (Knoxville/Cartersville, GA) and friends; along with special long-time friends, Ingrid Cozart, Geraldine Waterson and Cynthia Ragsdale.

A memorial service will be held at Rogers Memorial Baptist Church on Saturday, February 4, 2023.

Family and Friends visitation from 10:30 am – 11:00 am with services following. In lieu of flowers, donate in Debra’s memory to ASPCA Philanthropy Dept. 520 8th Avenue, 7th Floor New York, NY 10018.

There will be a dove release immediately following the service.


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