Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Deborah Jean Davis: In Memory

It is with a great deal of sadness that we learn of the passing of Deborah Davis last week.

Sad, because just more than a year ago, we sat down with Deborah on a cool Saturday morning on Carver Street, as she was celebrating the move into her new home, one of the first Youth Build homes in Riverview, and one of the first in the Tri-Cities.

Sad, because she was so excited about finally having a home of her own.. something she would own, to pass on to her children and her children's children.

Sad, because that time has now arrived.

Click here to read the story of Deborah Davis and her new Youth Build Home, written on April 15, 2009.

Even as we talked, her excitement was tempered with the realization that her health was not the best it could be. Each time I saw her in Riverview, she fussed about her pictures in the article, fussing that always made me smile.

At the end of the article, she mentions having a mortgage-burning party in 30 years to celebrate the success of her first home ownership.

She now has a home, that requires no mortgage, no light bill, no phone bill. All expenses are paid for. Deborah will indeed, have that mortgage-burning party in 30 years with us, and it will be surrounded by the Heavenly Host.

RIP, Deborah. By God's Grace, you and the others Douglass Alumni and Riverview neighbors we have lost in the past few years, live on in our hearts, minds and souls.