Josephine Debnam Champion

February 17, 1936March 4, 2018

Josephine D. Champion, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister, died surrounded by family Sunday, March 4th. A Wilmington native, Josephine graduated from New Hanover High School and attended Salem College in Winston-Salem. She was truly dedicated to her husband of 56 years, her family and faithful to her church. Josephine was a member of First Baptist Church in Wilmington and then Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh.

Jo will always be remembered for her love of her family, her sense of humor and her generosity. She spent her summers at Wrightsville Beach and had a true love of the Beach, time in the sun and spending time on the porch with family and neighborhood friends.

Known for her bold statement jewelry and being a prankster at heart, her daughters feel honored to have had such a fun loving mother that always encouraged them and laughed with them. Her three granddaughters were blessed to have had such an attentive and giving grandmother. We loved our mother and grandmother very much and she will be in our hearts forever.

Josephine was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Champion, Jr. She is survived by her daughters, Jane and her husband Gary Folk, Suzanne and her husband Mark Williams; granddaughters Addie Folk, Hannah and Lauren Williams; and brother John Hanby Debnam.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 8th at 2:30 pm in the Chapel of Edenton Street United Methodist Church (228 W. Edenton Street in Raleigh). The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in the Memory of Josephine to Transitions LifeCare - 250 Hospice Circle - Raleigh, NC 27607.


  • William J. Champion Jr., Husband
  • Jane and her husband Gary Folk, Suzanne and her husband Mark Williams, Daughters
  • Addie Folk, Hannah and Lauren Williams, Granddaughters
  • John Hanby Debnam, Brother
  • Frederick Archer Debnam and Adrienne Dudley Hanby Debnam, Parents


  • Memorial Service Thursday, March 8, 2018

Josephine Debnam Champion

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March 6, 2018

She will be sorely missed. Growing up I can remember playing on the porch at beach on the " jumper board " and her infectious laugh ! My love to Uncle John, Jane, Suzanne and Hatch. Lidie