Aug. 18, 1954—Feb. 28, 2013
Deborah Euarcha (Kington) Thompson, 58, of Crossville, was called home to be with her Lord Feb. 28, 2013. Funeral services were held March. 5 at Bilbrey Funeral Home, with Bro. Bob Kastens and Bro. Larry McDuffee officiating. Special music included some of her favorite songs, “Amazing Grace” and “Go Rest High on That Mountain.” “Amazing Grace" was beautifully performed by her sister-in-law, Linda Kington. She was laid to rest with a private, family burial in Green Acres Cemetery in Crossville. Elvin Thompson, Elliot Thompson, Chae Ko, Joe Kington, George Kington, Larry McDuffee, Larry Eller and Steve Perry served graciously as pallbearers. Debbie was born Aug. 18, 1954, in Crossville. During her childhood, Debbie was fondly known as “Daddy’s little shadow.” She enjoyed riding horses, cheerleading and courting her high school sweetheart, Elvin. Debbie valued education, and she spent her life encouraging others to love learning. She was modestly proud of her own scholastic achievements. She graduated from Cumberland County High School in 1972 and later obtained her bachelor’s, master’s and Ed.S degrees from Tennessee Technological University. On July 26, 1974, she married her devoted husband, Elvin Thompson, at the First Christian Church in Crossville. They called Crossville home during their 39-year marriage. For many years, she worked side-by-side with Elvin managing their family businesses, Showcase Video and Thompson TV. She was affectionately known as “Mrs. Debbie” by her dedicated staff, students and parents of Bledsoe County Middle School, where she served as principal. For 22 years, she was a beloved special education teacher. She educated children at the former Martin Jr. High in Crossville, Wheeler Elementary and Bledsoe County Middle School in Pikeville. She wholeheartedly gave her soul to educate and serve others. Debbie was proud to live in Crossville and joyfully served the community of Pikeville. She was often found helping a child learn to read, assisting with homework, attending ballgames and concerts, or receiving a hug from a kid yelling, “Mrs. Debbie!” She had an open door policy and loved talking to her students, teachers and parents. She treated everyone equally, and she was never too busy to share stories or advise, offer comfort or lend a helping hand. Her eyes lit up when she entered her school building, and her spirit and legacy will forever adorn the halls of BCMS.
“Mrs. Debbie” was a true inspiration to many including her husband, children, family, students, staff, friends and even strangers. She loved life and loved children. She used any teachable moment to pass on her knowledge. She was exceptionally kind and caring, and she had an infectious smile that many adored and now cherish. She will be dearly missed by many and will live forever in our hearts and minds.
Debbie was a member of the First Christian Church in Crossville. Her greatest, and most important, role in life was to always be a strong Christian woman and to raise her family to love the Lord and keep him first in their lives. She touched many through her Christian example.
Debbie was a cancer survivor, avid reader, wonderful cook and a faithful fan of the Tennessee Vols. She most enjoyed the time she spent with her family attending UT games and vacations to the beach, Disney World, and Las Vegas. Debbie was excited for days when her kids came home to visit. She was also warmly known as “Pug Granny” to her daughter’s dog. She enjoyed spending afternoons in the recliner watching movies and snuggling with her “grand pug,” Ava. She was a selfless and adoring mother and wife, and many will cherish warm memories of her. She leaves behind her loving husband, Elvin Thompson, and two children who admired her greatly: her daughter and son-in-law, Courtney and Chae Ko, and her loving son, Elliot Thompson. She was also survived by two brothers, Joe Paul Kington and his wife, Cynthia, of Columbia, TN; and George Kington and his wife, Linda, of Crossville, as well as, several devoted sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her beloved parents, Paul and Betty (Howard) Kington. A memorial fund has been established in memory of Debbie at First National Bank of Crossville and First National Bank of Pikeville. The family plans to honor Mrs. Debbie by building a school marquee at Bledsoe County Middle School, which was one of Debbie’s personal goals for her school.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Aug. 18, 1954—Feb. 28, 2013
Robert Thomas Thurman, 89, of Crossville, passed away Nov. 30, 2013.
Barbara J. Polson, 66, of Crossville, passed away Nov. 30, 2013. Graveside services were held Dec. 3 at Woody Cemetery. Bro. Noel Turner officiated.
Jackson Walker Fitch, 4, of Crossville, passed away Nov. 30, 2013, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. A graveside was held at McEwen Cemetery in McEwen, TN, Dec. 3, with Bro. Brian Smith officiating. The family received friends Dec. 2 at Bilbrey Funeral Home.
Dion Ault Sr.
Dion G. Ault Sr., 65 of Pikeville passed away Dec. 2, 2013. A celebration of Dion’s life will be held Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Pikeville Funeral Home, with Bro. Milton Kerr and Bro. Doyle Ashburn officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 4-9 p.m. and on Saturday from 11-1 p.m.
Mildred Joe Jones, 74, of Crossville, passed away Nov. 28, 2013, at NHC Healthcare Fort Sanders. Funeral services were held Nov. 30 at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home, with Bro. Danny Wyatt officiating. Burial was in Elmore Cemetery.
Memorial services for John Richard Duffy, 77, of the Cumberland Cove Community of Monterey, will be conducted Thursday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. from the Cumberland Cove Welcome Center. The family will receive friends at the Welcome Center following services Thursday.
Graveside funeral services for Lidda Buckner, 82, of Crossville, were held Nov. 30 from the Welch Memorial Cemetery. The Rev. Harold Hawkins officiated.
Levis "Hook" Boston, 88, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 28, 2013, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
He was born April 3, 1925, in Crossville, the son of Hattie Boston.
Ruby Lee (Hedgecoth) Tabor, 70, of Crossville, passed away Nov. 22, 2013, at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville. Funeral services were held at Bilbrey Funeral Home Nov. 26, with Bro. Jerry Brewer officiating. Darryl Smith gave the eulogy and Lynda Carver read a poem, "Angels in the Stars." Randy Tabor sang a song he wrote for Mrs. Tabor. Burial followed in Fredonia Cemetery.
Elene Beam McMillan, 100, Jonesborough, passed away Nov. 26, 2013, at her home. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 30, at noon at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home in Jonesborough, with the Rev. Tammy Wright officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, prior to the service. Interment will follow at Maple Lawn Cemetery.
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