Tara Garden Chapel


Deborah A Benon

May 25, 1950February 11, 2021

Deborah Ann was born May 25, 1950, to the late John Westly Harberd and Beatrice (Vaughn) Harberd. She was a longtime resident of Ann Arbor and Detroit, Mi. Debbie relocated to Riverdale, Georgia in 2010.

After a lengthy illness, Debbie made her transition on February 11, 2021.

Debbie was a longstanding member of Bethel A.M.E. Church of Ann Arbor, MI. She was an active member of the John A. Woods gospel choir. Later in life, she reaffirmed her faith with Greater Saint Peter A.M.E. Church of Jonesboro, GA under the leadership of Rev. A. Angelo Dixison II, M. DIV.

Debbie graduated from Ann Arbor High in 1968. She married Bobby (Eugen) Ross and two children were born to that union. Later in life, Debbie married Richard D. Benon Jr.; He was the Love of her life for 45 years.

In 1969 she worked as a CNA at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, in Ann Arbor, MI. 1978 Debbie worked for the Washtenaw County Health Department & Affiliated Visiting Nurse Agencies of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, where she cared for many people in their homes. She had a true gift for caring for others in need . Debbie worked for the University of Michigan ULAM Department as a lab technician.

After the birth of her first grandchild, she was inspired to open her home daycare which allowed caring for her grandchildren during their infant and toddler years. After her move to Atlanta, she found herself working at Stellar Laundromat, where her kindness and respect for others earned their love and support. The families loved to see Ms. Debbie.

Debbie is survived by her husband Richard D. Benon Jr., her two daughters; Cassandra (Edward) Hall, and Tunicia (William) Ross-Springer, four grandchildren; Darius Ross, Edward E. Hall IV, ShaVeeta Hall, and DeAnte’ Springer, one great-grandson; Logan Springer, two step-brothers; Wallace (Flossie) Anderson and Phil (Doris) Anderson and one step-sister; Penny Anderson and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Preceding her in death was her sister; Judith Overstreet, granddaughter; Angel Hall, and step-brother; James Anderson.

She was greatly loved and will be missed dearly.

Family and friends at the request of Deborah Benon “Direct Cremation"


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Deborah A Benon

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Sharleen Benon

February 15, 2021

Sis this is really hard I Lov you so much we still had things to do here together.boy did we have some good times growing up together.I lit the ANGLE for u to go back home were we all came from,just follow the light.I'm really gona miss u my SISTER RIP and don't worry about Richard I got him OK Lov forever your sis Sharleen

Phillip Anderson

February 14, 2021

To my Family and friends,
May I express my condolences. I know we haven't kept in touch, but my best wishes and blessings have always been there. May God bless the family and especially my nieces Cassandra and Tunicia, and my long time friend and brother-in-law Richard.
Phillip Anderson

Peter Jamison

February 14, 2021

Debbie had such a beautiful heart an who ‘s smile could be so welcoming and warm thank you for being my friend. R I P Lovely Lady

Lenora Whitfield

February 12, 2021

I have so many years of wonderful memories that we’ve created as a family. My heart is broken and I can only imagine what the family is feeling now. I will miss that cute, contagious laugh, the sweet smile and genuine friendship that Deb gave to the people who entered her life. I was allowed to grow with this family as she was with mine. Forever in my heart,