Deborah Colson

September 30, 1969November 26, 2018
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Deborah Widener Colson went home to the Lord surrounded by family and loved ones on November 26, 2018. Debbie was a 1987 graduate of Seymour High School and was employed by the University of Tennessee Department of Housing. She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Lou Manes; grandparents, Jean and Soda Widener and Pauline and Newman Manes. Deborah is survived by her husband of 13 years, Renick Colson; children, Cody Carringer, Jessica Widener Davis and husband Taylor Davis; granddaughter, Mandolyn Moon Carringer; father and step-mother, David and Brenda Widener; brother, Daniel Widener; mother-in-law, Willie Colson; brother-in-laws, Lee Colson, George Colson and John Colson; sister-in-laws, Tammy Colson, Brenda Yoder, and Marie Colson; step-brother and sister, Chance Devault and Brooke Jones. She was a loving wife, sister, mother, and grandmother. Debbie is loved and will be missed by many friends and co-workers. The Family will receive friends 5-7 pm Friday, November 30, 2018 with a memorial service to follow at 7pm in the chapel of Berry Highland South Funeral Home, 9010 E. Simpson Road, Knoxville, TN. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, November 30, 2018

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Amy Bruner

November 30, 2018

Debbie, I have missed you for a little while now. I will always miss you.

Jim Pedigo

November 30, 2018

May the Good Lord bless you and comfort you and your family Renick . We are so sorry for your loss. Please let me know my friend if there is anything I can do to help during this difficult time. I will be caring for my Mom this evening and unable to come to the services, but please know that I'll be praying for you all and holding you and yours close to my heart. Blessings, Jim Pedigo and the OCH Crew

Justin Hayes

November 30, 2018

I am sorry for the families loss. Deb was a pleasure to visit with daily at work and always showed great interest in my children's basketball ventures as well as discussing UT sports. She will truly be missed by all those who knew her.

Linda Johnson

November 29, 2018

Extending my most heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

karen johnson

November 29, 2018

Renick, all of you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Gail Vandagriff

November 28, 2018

Renick, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Vicky Irwin Brackman

November 27, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Because of illness I will not be able to make the service. Many wonderful memories of the Widener family. love and prayers at this most difficult time.
Vicky Irwin Brackman

Barbara Huffman

November 27, 2018

I am saddened to hear of the loss of a beautiful soul. When I worked at UT and had the opportunity to spend time with Debbie, she always had a smile on her face, and was always ready to listen to what you had to say.
Heaven has a new angel.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
But you will be together again one day.

Iesha Shaw

November 27, 2018

Words can’t explain the way I feel.... Mrs. Debbie you are missed I tear up when I walk past your office I no longer see you there... You gave me comfort when i lost my mom 10 months ago... I will miss your pretty face and the sound of your voice... This is heart breaking my condolences to the family. Love you Mrs. Debbie

Cindy Armes

November 27, 2018

I am so sorry for your family’s loss. My heart goes out to you all.