Debra Lynn Adams

February 9, 1956November 17, 2020

On November 17, 2020, Debra “Debbie” Lynn Adams passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family. She was 64 years old. Debbie is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, William “Bill” Adams. Debbie and Bill started their relationship in the 9th grade at Tunnelton High School in Preston County, WV. Shortly after they were married, Bill’s service in the Air Force took the newlyweds for a deployment in Athens, Greece. They enjoyed exploring Europe together in their free time, but country roads brought them home to their beloved hills of West Virginia. Debbie is also survived by her son, Michael Adams of Palmyra, PA; son and daughter-in-law Jared and Ashley Adams of Martinsburg; and grandchildren Peyton and Violet Adams. Debbie loved her children and grandchildren deeply and shared their stories and accomplishments any chance she got. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in law, Suzanne Williams-McAuliffe and Brian McAuliffe of Martinsburg; brother Bryan Williams of Parkersburg; parents Bob and Mary Williams of Tunnelton; brother-in-law Chuck Adams and sister-in-law Melinda Adams of Kenova; sister-in-law Karen Auel of Richmond, VA; and many other loving family members. Debbie worked for many years at Jackson Kelly in Charleston and concluded her career with public service at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia in Charleston. Debbie was a firecracker and was only gaining more steam and energy as she grew older. When she was in the room, she filled it with her presence and her love. She handled her 16-month bout with brain cancer with an abundance of grace. While she had many challenges during her illness, she made the most of her time and was an inspiration to others. Debbie was at peace with God, and her faith knew no bounds. The family is thankful for the help of faithful caretakers Sandy, Lori, and Abby during Debbi’s last months here. She smiled and laughed until she slipped away from this life, and her fearlessness, strength, and faith will live on through the many people that she has touched. A visitation for the family will take place at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home in Cross Lanes on Saturday, November 21 at 11:30 AM for family. Friends are invited to visit starting at 12:00 PM with a funeral service to follow at 2:00 PM. A graveside service will be held at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home in Cross Lanes on Monday, November 23 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd W. Charleston, WV 25387, or to a charitable cause of your choice. Online condolences may be made by visiting


  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

  • Burial

    Monday, November 23, 2020

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Eumi C

November 22, 2020

I was fortunate to have crossed paths with Debbie in the latter years of our respective careers. Her talents were quickly apparent - her intelligence, high level of professionalism, efficiency, and impressive work ethic. Just as important, she was witty and so funny. She could see the humor in things, and what a great laugh she had!

But, most of all, Debbie had an inner strength that was fueled by her deep love of family and her certain knowledge of who she was and what was truly important to her. This inner strength grounded her, guided her, and made her fearless in a courageous way. In sum, Debbie was tungsten wrapped in Kate Spade.

The world is a smaller place without her, but we are better off for having had the opportunity to have known her.

My sincerest condolences to all of the family,


Vicky Ross

November 21, 2020

I worked with Debbie at J/K for many years. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.

Bill Adams

November 21, 2020

Good Bye my love

Kathryn Rule

November 20, 2020

Debbie was a dear friend at jk and a very special person. Always a smile on her face and a classy lady. Loved her family and grandbabies. She will surely be missed. R.I.P. sweet Debbie. 😢

Debby Cress

November 20, 2020

I remember Debbie from school at Tunnelton school. We was in same class until sixth grade when my parents and I moved away. Debbie was a kind sweet person.

Cheryl Harris

November 20, 2020

So sorry for your loss, prayers for her precious family.
Debbie was one year ahead of me in school. We were in band together. I have fond memories of band trips with Bill and Debbie. I remember her beautiful smile. She was so gracious and elegant.

Kelly Grigsby

November 19, 2020

There are so many memories, happy, sad, emotional, and fun, so much fun. The evening before we were to work off-site at a client's industrial complex, she asked me what she should wear. The area we were visiting had been receiving heavy rain for several days. I told her to wear something she would be willing to get dirty and to wear boots. She showed up in a designer blouse and jeans and dress boots with three inch heels. When we arrived, we had to wade through a foot of water to get to the building we were working in. She never hesitated. She just sloshed right through. That is just one of many Debbie stories. I could write a book. As a person, she is beyond description. I could go on forever. I will tell you that the most important things in her life were her two sons, her husband, her grandchildren and her family. She could not have been more proud of her sons. She took being a mother very seriously and in my opinion, she excelled at it. I am honored to be her friend. Her work ethic, her sense of style, her faith, her love of family will be her legacy. I believe heaven is little brighter tonight and I guarantee everyone there is dressing better.

Cindy Childress

November 19, 2020

Bill, Michael and Jared We are so sorry to hear about Debbie's passing. So many great memories of our years together as the boys grew up. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. She was a special lady. Love you guys!

Ric and Cindy Childress

Alice Snead

November 19, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Debbie at this time. Debbie was a wonderful person to work with and know. May the Good Lord give you all love and strength. All my love and condolences, Alice L. Snead


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