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Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home

3321 Glynn Ave, Brunswick, GA

OBITUARY

Deborah Ann Lightfoot Wells

February 7, 1953May 14, 2020

Deborah Ann Lightfoot Wells passed away at her residence on Wednesday, May 14, 2020 at the age of 67. She lost a valiant battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Debbie was born in Brunswick on February 7, 1953, to the late Warnell Emmett and Bess Herndon Lightfoot Shadron. She was a lifelong resident of Glynn County and was a member of the Baptist faith. Debbie was a 1971 honor graduate of Glynn Academy and attended Brunswick Junior College, where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She joined the Glynn County School System in 1970, working part-time as an administrative assistant in the Personnel Department. Debbie worked in the following departments during her 32-year tenure with the school system and Public Information, Research and Comprehensive Planning, Payroll, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Public Relations. From 1987 to 1990, she worked for the Georgia Department of Education’s Teacher Evaluation Project, which was based in Glynn County. She retired in 2013.

Debbie volunteered for the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the PTA. She served on the PTA executive boards of Glyndale Elementary School, Jane Macon Middle School, Brunswick High School and the Glynn County PTA Council. She was presented the Honorary Georgia PTA Lifetime Achievement Award for her many years of volunteering for children.

Debbie’s favorite hobby was taking care of her lawn and flowers, especially her beautiful camellias, which she shared with friends, assisted living centers and nursing homes. Debbie also loved to shop, attend musical concerts of every genre and go with friends to Broadway shows in Jacksonville, and most importantly, spend time with her loving family.

Her survivors who will cherish their memories include her loving son, Christopher Blake Wells of Waverly; adorable grand dog, Cooper; brothers, Ed Lightfoot and his wife, Susan, of Brunswick; Kenny Lightfoot and Laura Long of Brunswick; Marion Shadron and his wife, Irene of Waycross; sister, Sandy Lightfoot of Sarasota, FL and brother-in-law, Bob Pittman of Brunswick.

Debbie is also survived by several special nieces and nephews. They include Brian Harrison, Brandi McDonald, Brad Lightfoot and Brandon Lightfoot. Her loving great-nieces and great-nephews are Mason Harrison, Koie Kirkland, Kara McDonald, Gracie Lightfoot, Kennedy Lightfoot, Trevor Oglesbee, Katie Moseley and Carleigh May. Debbie is also survived by many special cousins as well as a host of dear friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Brenda Lightfoot Pittman of Brunswick and her stepfather, Monroe Shadron of Brunswick. Her family appreciates Debbie’s “Angels Without Wings” caregivers for their excellent care, compassion and love during her ALS battle: Haley Garrett, Ruth Crews, DeeAnna Finleyson, and Roberta Jackson.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home.

In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions may be made in Debbie’s memory to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525.

  • FAMILY

  • Warnell Emmett, Father (deceased)
  • Bess Herndon Lightfoot Shadron, Mother (deceased)
  • Monroe Shadron, Stepfather (deceased)
  • Brenda Lightfoot Pittman, Sister (deceased)
  • Christopher Blake Wells, Son
  • Ed Lightfoot (Susan), Brother
  • Kenny Lightfoot (Laura Long), Brother
  • Marion Shadron (Irene), Brother
  • Sandy Lightfoot, Sister
  • Bob Pittman, Brother-in-law
  • Brian Harrison, Nephew
  • Brandi McDonald, Niece
  • Brad Lightfoot, Nephew
  • Brandon Lightfoot, Nephew
  • Mason Harrison, Great Nephew
  • Koie Kirkland, Great Niece
  • Kara McDonald, Great Niece
  • Gracie Lightfoot, Great Niece
  • Kennedy Lightfoot, Great Niece
  • Trevor Oglesbee, Great Niece
  • Katie Moseley, Great Niece
  • Carleigh May, Great Niece
  • Mrs. Wells is also cherished by many special cousins and dear friends. Special care givers at "Angels Without Wings"were Haley Garrett, Ruth Crews, DeeAnna Finleyson and Roberta Jackson

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    Sunday, May 17, 2020

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Steve Morrison

May 17, 2020

Chris,
We are so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I only meet her a couple of times but I could tell she was a very loving and caring person. I know she loved you very much, you have our deepest sympathy. Steve & Diana

jeanie Posey

May 16, 2020

Debbie was one of the sweetest, most caring and most competent people I’ve known. We loved her and will miss her very much! Ken and Jeanie Posey

Elaine Branch

May 15, 2020

Debbie always made you feel you were her dearest friend. She raised an awesome, handsome son, love of her life. She was a great, always Fancy , Lady.
To Chris and All of her family, you were blessed with a precious woman. Love you All.

Diane harrell

May 15, 2020

Debbie and I were friends throughout high school. She and my mother, Elese Miller, became very close through Debbie's years at the board's central office. They were in fact so close that we called each other "sister". It was always a comfort to me knowing Debbie was close by my mother while I lived 2 hours away. I am heartbroken about Debbie's passing, but I am so glad she isn't suffering anymore. I like to think she and mama are having a great reunion in heaven now.

Marilyn Daly

May 15, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Chris
And the family..
I lived next door to her mother, Bess
For years...
When my son Eric was born, Debbie
Gave me some of Chris's baby clothes
For Eric to wear..she also gave me
A pink robe to come home with..I never
Forgot what she did.
This is the kind of person Debbie was.
She was the most kindest person
I know....
Debbie will be sadly missed...
Marilyn Bryson Daly

Kathy Long

May 15, 2020

Debbie & I met in 10th grade in typing class. She was the star in Typing I and Typing II classes. Nobody was faster or more accurate than Debbie in typing (or any other subject for that matter!) We became good friends then and at college spent a lot of time at the Student Center chatting and eating between classes.

She will be remembered by many as she was a very special person.

Chris I know this is going to be a difficult and trying time for you.
She was too young to have to leave you.

David Hobbs

May 15, 2020

Debbie was a lucky lady to have Chris as her son, and he was just as lucky to have her as a mother. It was always nice to see Debbie whenever she visited Chris at work, whether she was bearing her delicious baked cheese snacks or not. She was a good girl.

Talaxe (Vasquez) Lawson

May 15, 2020

My mother told me about Ms Debbie and I was so sorry to hear....her kindness and loving radiance will never be forgotten. Over the years we exchanged many Christmas cards and she always said the sweetest things. Such a wonderful person and kind neighbor...she will be missed. My prayers go up for you, Chris, and your family.

Mandi Rowell

May 15, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Ms Debbie’s passing. I thought the world of her and she always touched my heart.

Donna Williams

May 15, 2020

To Chris, Kenny, Ed and all your family, I am so sad about this, although we all had time to prepare ourselves for this outcome. I think I was most distressed when I first heard the news more than a year ago of the ALS diagnosis. What an absolutely horrible disease and as Kenny said, Debbie didn't deserve this.

I shall miss her a lot, not least because she and Brenda were so very good to their Aunt Owena over the years and particularly during her last years here in Macon. It was always a treat when they visited with Bess, their Mother and sister to Mrs. Williams.

Mike and I wish the Lightfoot family peace and a reprieve from the sorrow you've endured over the last few months and years. Finally, thanks especially to Chris who couldn't have been more devoted and helpful to his Mom than he's been through her illness..

Donna Williams
Macon, Ga

FROM THE FAMILY

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