She fought a good fight. She finished the race. She kept the faith.
Having accepted the Lord at a young age, Debra was a born-again Christian and attended Bethel Chapel Freewill Baptist Church all her life. She was an inspiration to all who knew her, always offering a warm smile, a cheerful greeting and an uplifting faith. She loved to laugh and to have others laugh with her. Those who visited to encourage her, left themselves uplifted and encouraged.
Debra was a 1984 graduate of J.J. Kelly High School. She was a 29-year kidney transplant survivor having received her donor kidney from her special uncle, Dennis Greene. Despite this obstacle she received her Associate Degree from Mountain Empire Community College in 1993 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Virginia Intermont College in 1996. She served eleven years as Guidance Counselor at the Flatwoods Job Corps in Coeburn, Virginia positively influencing many young lives as evidenced by their fond remembrance of her.
Debra is preceded in death by her loving mother, Mary Roberts Greene; her maternal grandparents, Henry and Minnie Hanks Roberts; her paternal grandparents, Ralph and Hazel Cornette Greene; her uncles, Ernest “Red” Roberts and wife Monett, Bruce Roberts and William Henry Roberts, Jr.; her aunts, Laura Bell Roberts, Virginia Harbin and husband Charles “Bud”, Dorothy Salyer, Betty Adams and husband Lee and Sharon Gibson; and her first cousins, Theresa Riggs, Ashley Greene, Kristina Call, Laura Danielle Wampler and Corey Woolwine.
Debra is survived by her father, Ralph Charles Greene, her earthly tower of strength, love and care; her uncles, Gary Greene and wife Debbie, Donald “Ronnie” Greene and wife Glenda and Dennis Greene and wife Teresa; her aunts, Pauline Jones and late husband William “Bucky”, Juanita Colley and husband Fred, Rita Call and late husband David, Velma Barker and husband Marvin, Yvonne Wampler and husband Randy, Pamela Woolwine and husband Jeff, Teresa Holbrook and late husband David, and Denise O’Bryan and husband Mike; special friend and caregiver, Julie Sexton; and a host of other nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, cousins and friends.
Funeral services for Debra Rene Greene will be conducted at 4:00 P.M. Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Sturgill Funeral Home Chapel in Wise, VA with Rev. Randy Sturgill and Rev. Roger Bevins officiating. Burial will follow in the Wise Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 2:00 P.M. till time of services at 4:00 P.M. Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Sturgill Funeral Home in Wise, VA. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Bethel Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, PO Box 3633, Wise, VA or to the charity of choice. Please visit www.sturgillfuneral.com to leave online condolences for the family.
Sturgill Funeral Home 1621 Norton Road SW Wise, VA 24293 is in charge of arrangements.