Debra Jeannene (Buchanan) Hughes

Died: Tue., Apr. 9, 2013


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sat., Apr. 13, 2013
Location: Henline - Hughes Funeral Home

Funeral Service

8:00 PM Sat., Apr. 13, 2013
Location: Henline - Hughes Funeral Home

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Debra Jeannene Buchanan Hughes, 47, of Spruce Pine was granted her angel wings the morning of April 9th, 2013 by her loving Savior.     

 Debra had a huge heart and personality that made everyone that knew her laugh. She never met a stranger and would light up a room with her wonderful stories and sense of humor.

Debra was born on June 18th, 1965 to Jerry and Juanita Buchanan. She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1983. She was employed by the Avery County Extension Office as a county 4-H agent for more than 18 years. She founded the Avery County After School Program and the Avery WOW Program. Debra worked along side the Avery Co School System providing school enrichment programs for Avery County youth. She sat on many committees within the county and was a member of the North Carolina State 4-H Program Association. For many years she directed the  

4-H  Talent Show at the Avery Co A&H Fair. Debra had a passion and love for children and the 4-H program and promoted them at every opportunity. She touched the lives of countless children as they also touched her life. Debra was also a member of the McKinney Cove Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Sam and Myrtle Buchanan and her maternal grandparents, Joe and Geneva Grindstaff; and her father in law, Robert “Bob” Hughes.

Debra is survived by her loving husband, David Hughes of Spruce Pine; her parents, Jerry and Juanita Buchanan of Bakersville; her daughters, Courtney Hughes Craig and husband Caleb of Greenwood, Ind., Whitney Hughes of Spruce Pine and Brittney Hughes of Lenior, NC; her sons: Thomas, Jordan and Dustin Hughes of Lenior, Tyreece Hughes of Spruce Pine and the light of her life, her autistic son Nathan Ballard of the home;  several grandchildren plus one on the way; her sister, Sherrie Garland and husband, Kenny of Bakersville; her mother in law, Wilma Hughes of Bakersville and a host of friends that will always cherish her friendship including special friend, Charlie Blankenship who cared for her special needs son Nathan, and brought joy into her family’s lives; and last but not least, her best friend for 37 years, Renee Boyd Gouge of Bakersville.

Funeral services will be held at 8:00 pm Saturday, April 13th, 2013 in the Chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home with Pastor Todd Ayers officiating. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be 3:00 pm Sunday in the McKinney Cove Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Avery County 4-H Club, c/o Avery County Center, 805 Cranberry St., Newland, NC 28657 or The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 312 North Eugene Street, Suite D, Greensboro, NC 27401.


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Leah Heagey Orndorff
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013

pat kirkland
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
Nit and jerry and family, I am so sorry to hear about Debbie. I think of you so often and keep up with you through ginger. I was looking at the ceramic angel she gave dennis just the other day. there are no words really to say, except the ones that we will pray for you.God is the only help there is.! I love you and would love to see you. Dennis and i are in S. Florida and won't be home or I would be there Saturday. Love, Pat & Dennis Kirkland

Faye Reid Pittman
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
I was so sorry to hear of Debra's passing. Please know it's Heaven's gain to have her, even though our loss. My prayers are with all of you. God Bless.

Pat Boone-Stamey
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
Love you all - praying for Gods peace that surpasses all understanding.

Ginger Peterson
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
Jerry, Nita and family, I really can't find the words to express to you how broken hearted I am about the lost of Deb. She always had a smile and something funny to say and keep you laughing. She truely had a big heart and shared her love with all that knew her.
Our sympathy goes out to you today.
May God be with each of you and give you the strength you need today and the days that are ahead is my prayer.

Love to each of you,
Ginger, Mike
Irene Gouge

Linda Curtis
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
Ms. Debra loved her family beyond words. She was a faithful prayer warrior.
Ms. Debra was a champion for children. The untold numbers of children she believed in and helped will live on as a legacy to her service.
My deepest sympathy to each family member.

Faye Vaughn
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
Heaven is full of laughter; Debbie is there! She and family, loved by so many, including us. Sincerely, Jim and Faye Boozer

Pam Adams
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
Debra was one of the most precious people I have ever known. I always looked forward to seeing her at Extension meetings, she could make any event fun. God bless you all.

Linda McKinney
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
My heart aches for all of you...I know how much I will miss Debra, so I can't imagine how it is for the family. Every time she came in to Riverside School, she would come to see me in the office, and within minutes we were sharing things that were going on in our lives, and how God was so good to us. I know how much she loved her family, and I would see and respond to her posts on Facebook about her mother's health; Debra knew that I have my elderly mother at home and she would always encourage me. One year Debra was the Guest Speaker at the opening day of school in August, and I have ALWAYS said she was my FAVORITE! She truly inspired people and with such JOY! I must say that my FIRST thought when I heard that she had passed was "She sees Jesus"....and I smiled. May the comfort of Jesus carry you all through the days to come, and may be all strive to be like Debra.

Chelsea Clark
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
I am praying for this family. I loved Mrs.Debra I will always miss her

Joe and Priscilla Trivette, Tyler and Joseph
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
Debra was a very special person, loved by all who met her. We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that all of you are in our prayers.

Staci & David Bruce
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
I have had the pleasure of working with sweet Whitney for the last yr & a half. Grown to know her & love her very much. Our heart is truly breaking for the entire family for this tragic loss of Debra. Please know that we are & will continue to lift each of you all up in our daily prayers now & in the days ahead to come. She sure left a AMAZING impact on a lot of peoples lives of all ages. I am sure her memory will live on forever, in the children & staff she worked with. Our deepest condolences to the entire family.

Kathy Burleson Garland
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
My heart is breaking ---for all of us. Deb has touched so many lives for the better. Her absence leave a huge hole. I lift you up in prayer to the ONE who can grant us comfort. Kathy

Sue Young
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
Deb was such a lovely person. I loved her very much and she will be missed by many, many people. Heaven is brighter now with her presence.

Gail Townsend
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
My prayers & are with this family. My daughter Lynn Townsend worked with her & loved her so much

Kristy Stamey Griggs
   Posted Sat April 13, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Much Love to you all.

Lisa Stamey
   Posted Sat April 13, 2013
She was a great person. She always had a smile on her face. She will be missed. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Peggy Sexton Delano
   Posted Sun April 14, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with Debra's family. I had the privilege of knowing Debra through 4-H when we were kids and have so many wonderful memories of her. She was always such a sweet, kind and loving person. So sorry to hear of her passing.

courtney craig
   Posted Thu January 23, 2014
wish you were here. love u mom.


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