Debra Williamson Slade

February 3, 1952October 13, 2020
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Debra (“Deb”) LaVerne Williamson Slade, a legendary educator, amazing wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, was born on February 3, 1952 in Burlington, North Carolina. Debra was the daughter of the late Robert E. Lee “Twinkle” and Mary “Florine” Williamson. Her maternal grandparents were Robert E. Lee Williamson and Gilmer Lee Williamson. She adored her grandmother Gilmer Lee.

Debra was raised in the Morgantown community in Burlington, NC and educated at Alamance Burlington City Schools. She attended JF Gunn Elementary School and graduated from Jordan Sellers High School in 1970. She was on the yearbook staff and active in Student Government in High School. She graduated from Elizabeth City State University majoring in Early Childhood Education and Minor in Art in 1973. She was inducted into the Alpha Mu Honor Society and graduated in three and half years. In 1971, Debra pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) in Delta Theta Chapter. Once moving to Bertie County she was one of the AKA Charter members in Xi Rho Omega Chapter.

Debra confessed Christ at an early age and joined First Baptist on 508 Apple Street, Burlington, North Carolina and would later join Zion Grove Baptist Church in St. John, North Carolina. She was a faithful member for more than 20 years and most notably a Deaconess, Vacation Bible School Teacher, and Choir Member. Jay and Debra were apart of the Morris Cerullo International Ministry, where they worked tirelessly in international ministry. Debra’s most current membership was at Elevation Church, Mint Hill, North Carolina.

On March 13, 1976, Debra married the love of her life, Jesse Thornton “Champ/JT” Slade and to this union were born two children, L’Tryce “Trycee” Moni Slade and Queena DeVoya Slade Goings. She has a bonus daughter Wanda Ashe Tyler. Together, they enjoyed 44 years of marriage traveling across the United States. They were truly soul mates.

For over 20 years, Debra served the students of Bertie County School System as an educator. She started in February 1974. She was selected as Teacher of the Year. She taught 3rd grade for over 20 years. She later moved to Charlotte, NC where she served as a substitute teacher for over 20 years. She was more than an educator, her students loved her and she loved them right back. Her motto was “Every child has a dream that education can fulfill.”

Her siblings Robin “Cookie” Williamson Flintall (Lacy), Cathy “Paulette” Williamson Clapp (Michael), Robert E. Lee Williamson (Storm), Lorene “Linky” Williamson (DeWitt), and Billy “John” Williamson.

On October 13, 2020, Debra LaVerne Williamson Slade joined the other “Precious Pearls” and became an “Ivy Beyond the Wall”. Preceding her in death were her parents, Robert and Florine Williamson; and sister, Paulette Clapp.

Debra’s indelible legacy will live on through the treasured memories by husband, JT Slade, daughters L’Tryce Slade (Birmingham, AL) , Queena Slade Goings (De’Jon Goings) (Charlotte, NC), and Wanda Ashe Tyler (Charles Tyler) (Ahoskie, NC); grandchildren, Mychal Dante’ Moore, Parris O’Brien Moore, Genesis R’Chelle James (Noah Norville), Zion Hadari Goings, and Persia Talia Goings; and great grandchildren Shakur Samsun-Asahd Norville, Mychal Moore Jr., Marques Moore, Jeremiah Clegg, and Myles Moore; and a host of family members, colleagues, and friends. The 23rd Psalm, “The Lord is my Shepherd” was her favorite scripture.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to his word.” Romans 8:28


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020


Debra Williamson Slade

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Barbara Kerns

October 24, 2020

Hello family. So very sorry to hear of Deb's loss. Please know that God will sustain you as days pass, for your burden will lighten. Also want you to know that we at Zion Grove sent a correspondence to acknowledge her works at church. I was so dismayed this morning when I saw that the email was returned as undeliverable on the 22nd. Anyway, continue to be blessed.

Cheryl Kuflik

October 23, 2020

I’m shocked to hear this very sad news of Debra’s passing. I was her neighbor for almost 10 years in Hidden Forest my son and 2 of her grandchildren grew up together we use to take the kids Trick or Treating every Halloween. Debra would share her love for teaching, the love for her children, grandchildren and her husband Jessie. She was always so happy, positive and friendly! I’m sorry we lost touch after we moved but I’ve thought of them often. I send my heart ❤️ felt thoughts and prayers to her family in this time of loss. A beautiful soul gone too soon.

Cynthia McKie

October 22, 2020

I am saddened by the passing of Debra Williamson Slade. We attended Elizabeth City State University together. Debra was my sister’s roommate ( Mary Freeman Lettsome) who is deceased. Debra was the epitome of a classy, stylish , smart woman, teacher and friend! She loved her family and held very high regards for her grandmother. My prayers and thoughts are extended to you all. God bless you .
ECSU Viking, Cynthia Rome McKie

Sandra Hardy

October 22, 2020

I worked with Ms. Slade at Aulander Elementary. As a new teacher, I was seeking a mentor and that person became Ms. Slade. Not only did she help me become a great teacher, she taught me that if I loved and respected my students, I would have no problem teaching them. I could always except her corrections because she would also help me fix them. She will be missed, a women that I loved and respected.

Renee Tyrance-Gauff

October 21, 2020

To the Family of Soror Debra Williamson Slade,

I ask God to comfort you and let not your heart be troubled, because to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. As a past member of Delta Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., I send condolences and peace to you during your time of bereavement.

Renee Tyrance-Gauff

Cecil and Cynthia Mitchell

October 20, 2020

To the Williamson-Slade family;
We are sorry to hear about the lost of Debra. She was a kind sweet person. She was happy within herself; a very smart, truthful and helpful person. She was always willing to assist or help someone else who had a need or a purpose. She gave all that she could to support the Love of family and God. She was truly a peacemaker and a caretaker of family and friends. She will be truly missed by family and friends. 2 Corinthians 5:1 states; For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made by hands , eternal in the Heavens.
2 Corinthians 5 verse 8 To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Rest in Peace Beloved.

Linda Richmond Long

October 20, 2020

Linda Richmond Long
October 20, 2020

Deb was one of my best and dearest friends. We met in Miss Jones class in 2nd grade. Deb and I along with four other friends remained besties throughout school, college, marriage, divorce, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The six of us were like sisters. We never had an argument where we did not talk to one another, which is rare and a true blessing. Even if we did not see each other often, when we got together it was like time had stood still. We enjoyed each other, shared stories from the past, laughed and cried together.

Her death came as a shock to all of us. Although are hearts are broken too, we each feel as if we all died a little on October 13th. But we all know Deb has selected her mansion in heaven, and is rejoicing in being reunited with her loved ones, especially her grandmother, Miss Gilmer Lee.

To her family, please know that we cry with you. But I know God will give you strength, comfort you, wipe away your tears today and days to come. God knows our sorrow and will heal our hearts in time.

The joy in loving Deb is to know that we all have precious memories that will remain with us forever. There will be some cloudy days, but we rejoice in knowing that we will see our loved ones again, where we will live with them in eternity.

So rest in peace and love my dear friend. Your spirit will live on in each of us. We are all blessed to have known you and shared our lives with you for some many years. You left us too soon, but what a legacy you left. Eternal love! ("The White Hearse Crew")

Belinda Pinnix

October 20, 2020

To the Slade/ Williamson Family

Prayers to you during this painful time. I met Deb for the first time 2 years ago. What a loving person who I enjoyed talking to . May God wrap his arms around all you and fill your hearts with peace .

Belinda and Nathan Pinnix
Richmond, VA

Sherry Veasey

October 20, 2020

We are praying for the family. Deb was our Dean of Pledges (DP) at Elizabeth City State University. She was so kind and supportive. But, that's just who she was. We salute her as she is now "An Ivy Beyond the Wall. " May God comfort you now and in the days ahead
Fall Line '73.

Christy Lewis

October 20, 2020

To one of my childhood moms, you will forever be etched in my heart. We have soooo many wonderful memories. You always treated me as your own and I'll love you forever for that.
To my sisters, I love you. You now have precious memories to cherish and an angel to cover you. My prayers are with you and the family during this time of bereavement.


Mom's Parents


Robert E. Lee Williamson


Mom and Grandmother Florine


Mary Florine Williamson


Mom's sisters and brothers

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