Deborah Ann Book

February 20, 1958November 13, 2021

Deborah Ann Mitchell Book, 63, the embodiment of the greatest commandments (Matthew 22:37-39) to love God and neighbor, slipped away quietly November 13, 2021, from her family in Lexington, S.C. to her eternal home with her Lord and God.

Born February 20, 1958, in Kinston, North Carolina, Debbie is survived by her husband of 42 years, Randy Wayne Book; her parents, William and Josephine Mitchell of Kinston, NC; siblings: Denise Goble of Brandon, MS; William Mitchell, Jr. (Susie) of Kinston, NC; and Donna Sasser (William) of Appling, GA; children: Dwayne Book (Nicole) of Lexington, SC; Kristina Buckner (Robert) of Lexington, SC, Bradley Book (Melanie) of Clayton, LA; and eight grandchildren: Alexis Rinke, Bradley Book, Jr., Caden Book, Ella Book, Braelyn Book, Perrin Book, Harrison Buckner, Walter Buckner and numerous nieces and nephews who are all her favorites.

Debbie served the Army from May 1, 1979, through her honorable discharge December 11, 1984. While in the army she met her husband, Randy, served as a radio operator, flight operation SGT and training NCO (at Fleigerhurst Army Airfield, Erlensee, Germany and twice at Fort Polk, LA). She then followed Randy for the remainder of his military career and served as a civilian working in the Pentagon for the Chief of the National Guard; in the Republic of Panama at Fort Davis for US Army South Communication Command and in Kentucky at Fort Campbell for Blanchard Army Hospital. After their retirement from the army; Debbie worked in customer service for the City of Concord, N.C. Airport and then served Richland County (Columbia, S.C.) as Public Works Safety Trainer and Coordinator until her retirement. All the while being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and best friend to all; beautiful, inside and out. Her zest for life was demonstrated by her love for travel by motorcycle and RV. Debbie is remembered by all for her sunny disposition, beaming smile and bright presence which filled the room. She is also remembered by many for her loving and determined spirit.

A memorial service will be conducted at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Road, Columbia, S.C. at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 19, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,


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Nancy Turner

November 20, 2021

Debbie you truly are a beautiful lady inside and out. God blessed me with your friendship. Your strength is unbelievable. Your love for Randy, children, family and friends along with your relationship with God is a great example and I will always be greatful. I'm not going to say goodbye only I will see you again in our heavenly home. Love you girl. Nancy

Liz Book

November 19, 2021

I have waited until the last moment to share my memories as I process this loss. I am blessed to have had such an incredible person help guide me through life.

We always said we were favorites. I looked forward to our big bear hugs, deep conversations and laughter. She was a hoot (her words not mine) and her compassion and positivity will forever be remembered.

I wish we had more time together and had gone on the trips we had planned. We will meet in heaven.

Aunt Debbie was a person I loved unconditionally and trusted. She was the first and only person I shared my son’s name with before he was born.

Rest In Peace. Love you always and forever.

(Without cutting onions and foot eggs- inside joke 😆)


November 18, 2021

I considered Debbie (Maw) and Randy (Paw) my extended family, She ALWAYS had a positive look on whatever the situation was happening at the moment. She had a very attractive personality that made you draw to her, and when you got there you knew you had a friend. I haven't seen her in a few years, but I know If I would have run into her ANYWHERE the greetings would have been real.Rest in peace my my friend.

Wayne & Lowry Stephens

November 16, 2021

Such a beautiful lady inside and out. Debbie’s smile and laughter was infectious. She was so fun to be around. Always ready to help anyone. We are so saddened by her passing yet thankful she is in no more pain. We will miss you sweet Debbie. Our thoughts and prayers are with Randy and the entire wonderful family. 🙏❤️

Ken and Laurie Peterson

November 15, 2021

This beautiful redhead was the life of the party and heartfelt loving person who made everyone else feel so loved and good!!! Could always count on her to help with anything that was needed and never ask anyone for help!! We love her and will always remember her smiling loving self!! Prayers for comfort for all the family and know we are all here to help in any way we can just like Debbie always would be.

Steve and Linda Tucker

November 15, 2021

We have so many wonderful memories with Debbie, but what we remember about them all is laughing so hard we were crying on many of the trips we took. Debbie made everyone feel good and constantly entertained us with her stories. We love her so much and will miss her so much. Our prayers are with Randy and the family. We love you all. May God give you strength and peace.

Averie Patterson

November 14, 2021

I Remember when she accidentally lifted me into a ceiling fan! Everyday of your life was a story to tell. I know my momma loved you so much! We will miss you!

Margie Good

November 14, 2021

I knew we were going to be close sister-in-laws the very first time we meet, and we were . Debbie was loved and admired by so many. Love held no bounds for her, she loved everyone equally and deeply and everyone was her “favorite “ she will forever hold a precious place in my Heart ♥️ . Forever loved

Charlotte Hood

November 14, 2021

Debbie was a strong person who fought a very tough battle with courage & faith. Her upbeat personality was infectious. She was always there for anyone who was in need. We knew from the moment we met that we were going to be BFF's and we truly were. I will miss our talks & her advice. Prayers for all of us who loved her as she leaves a hole in our hearts.

Linda Waller Patterson

November 14, 2021

I already miss our talks. I take comfort knowing I have a firecracker redhead angel looking out for me in heaven now. Our memories are a blessing!