Harry & Bryant Company

500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC


Deborah Lee Naughton

April 27, 1957January 14, 2020

Deborah, 62, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2020 peacefully at her home in Charlotte, NC. She was in the company of her loving husband, Robert Franklin Hilton and in the devoted care of hospice.

Deborah was born in Bradford, PA on April 27, 1957, a daughter of Donald and Joyce Naughton. She was a 1975 graduate of Bradford Area High School. One of the joys of her life was music. Her love of music was encouraged and fostered by her parents at an early age. As a child and young adult she performed with her siblings at various events in Bradford.

On June 22, 2018 in Charlotte, NC she wed Robert Franklin Hilton after 30 years of courtship and numerous marriage proposals. She was a loving and devoted partner for 32 years.

On July 29, 2018 she was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer. Our lives forever changed that day. Numerous people we encountered along this new journey commented on what an uplifting and spiritual person she was and how they were inspired by her faith and fearlessness. She was the love of my life.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Robert Franklin Hilton, are her mother, Joyce K Naughton; sister, Denise Battagilia; brother, Bruce Naughton; brother-in-law, Joseph Bird; aunt, Cherie K. Sheldon and niece, Elizabeth Yaros.

She was preceded in death by her father and sister, Linda Bird.

Services will be private for the family.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to the Humane Society of Charlotte (www.humanesocietyofcharlotte.org) or Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region (hpccr.org).


  • Services will be Private for the Family


Deborah Lee Naughton

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Lisa Hyder

April 28, 2020

Heaven certainly gained the most beautiful angel. You’re spirit was too precious for this earthly world. You will be missed by so many but God had bigger plans for you. I’m sure you are laughing and singing and filling heaven with as much joy as you did while you were here.
Godspeed my dear.

Wanda Beardslee

April 27, 2020

Deb and I never met in person. We met on Facebook and during the 6 1/2 years of our friendship we loved each other. She had a special love and light about her and I will never forget her. I am brokenhearted that we lost such a beautiful person way too early. She wrote a special note to me that makes me cry every time I read it...this is so indicative of her warmth and kindness through the miles... "Wanda...I am sorry I missed your Birthday. Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday Dear Wanda...Happy Birthday tooooooooooo youuuuuu! It is a pleasure to know you. Your words and comments over the years have been mine and my husbands. I am sure that the people around you...Family, friends, and acquaintances are privileged to be in your company. I am one of those...Happy Birthday my Dear...Many, many, more...deb"

Billie Cummins

January 26, 2020

Rest in peace, Beloved Goddaughter. Your loving smile and laughter will be missed.

Kim Childs

January 26, 2020

I am very sad to hear of Debbie's passing. She was a beautiful, vibrant lady that was loved by all who knew her. She sang many jobs with my group in the late 70's and early 80's. It was a privilege to have worked with her. May she rest in peace.

Joe Bird

January 26, 2020

Deb was generous and talented and loving. She really, really loved her music. Playing and singing with her sister Linda when we visited was one of my favorite memories. Plus, she would cook a meal of good ole comfort food whenever we got together. Whether at the beach or her home with you Bob, Deb made sure you were comfortable. I will always be grateful for the time Deb came and took special care of Linda after a critical surgery.
Bob. I know your hearts were filled with the love for each other those 30+ years. It is a huge loss, but be grateful for all you had. My prayer is for God’s peace to fill that emptiness

David Lunden

January 25, 2020

Rest in peace, Debbie. We helped each other grow through the teenage years. I'll always remember the time we spent listening to the group America in your basement. The Lafferty Hollow gang always had fun.


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