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Debbie Jo Haney

Debbie Haney, age 67 of Athens, died Friday, October 23, 2020 at Willow Acres Assisted Living Facility in Riceville, TN.  She was raised in Independence, KS, lived in numerous locations within the U.S., but resided in Athens, TN the past 4 years.  She was the daughter of Robert V. and JoAnne Heap Randels, both deceased.

Debbie will be sorely missed by David Haney, her husband of 44 years; Jan Ogden (sister) and Jim Ogden(brother-in-law) who reside in Goldendale, WA; and an abundance of family and friends.

To all who had the privilege to know her, Debbie was a caring soul with a big heart.  She always placed the needs of others ahead of her own personal needs.  Debbie never met a stranger.  She lived her life as though strangers were simply friends she had yet to meet.

Debbie was, indeed, humble and pure of heart.  She preferred to remain in the background, permitting others to take the credit.  Her smile and laugh were infectious, making others feel at ease.  When she talked with you, she made you feel that you were the most important person in the room.  She had a gift for welcoming hospitality and possessed a servant’s heart.

Possibly her greatest joy was to prepare food for family and friends.  This facet of her life is best illustrated by the invitation from the C.S. Lewis Foundation to cook for their Summer Seminars, held at the home of C.S. Lewis (known as “The Kilns”) in Oxford, England.  For ten years, Debbie spent seven weeks each summer in Oxford, where she served the seminar participants, friends and staff a variety of delicious meals, treats and desserts.  She often looked at photographs of her time in England, and with joy, recounted the many relationships formed there.

During her life, Debbie was a writer/author, a painter, a care giver and a registered nurse.  She retained friendships with many whom she knew from her childhood and those she met throughout her adult life.  She was able to comfort those in distress, not by her impressive speech, but rather by her warm smile and empathetic presence.

Debbie loved to sing.  Even when the ravages of Alzheimer’s reduced her memory to an almost non-existent status, she was still able to sing, by heart, all four verses to “The Old Rugged Cross,” never missing a single word.  And, she sang them with exuberance and gusto.

Debbie’s Funeral/Memorial/Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for 2PM on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Woodward Avenue Church of God (507 Woodward Avenue, Athens, TN 37303).

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation, in Debbie Haney’s memory, to Debbie’s favorite missionary organization, “White Fields Missions.”  Their web address is www.whitefieldsmissions.net

Or checks may be sent to White Fields Missions Inc 3588 Hwy 138 S.E. PMB #248 Stockbridge, GA 30281

Condolences may be sent to www.laycock-hobbs.com/notices/Debbie-Haney

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Gregory Jackson Jan 30 2021 12:00 AM

All of us who knew and loved Debbie have been blessed by her life. She was such an inspiration! So servant hearted. Always ready to be a blessing. In every way she was amazing.

We have known Debbie since 1980 where we met her and David at David Wilkersons School of Christian Training. There we learned in no time to love her and appreciate her gracious personality. We also discovered underneath her quiet demeanor was quite the warrior for the cause of Christ. She knew how to activate her faith to see the lives of others forever changed.

We have also been privileged to have Debbie and David at our missionary center in Honduras. Even after many years she continued to be committed and dedicated to seeing lives changed. She had a way to encourage and lift up lives. It was her cause and she more than succeeded.

Debbies life was lived for others. David was her number 1. She showed us all the virtues of being a dedicated wife: Always supportive of David and his call. She adored David and was quite unashamed of making sure we all knew that.

Debbie loved us all. She prayed for us. She gave all of who she was to us and we learned she wanted nothing in return. We will always be impacted by her qualities and her love will forever encourage us to give our best. We miss you Debbie, much love Allen and Vicky Skelton

Allen and Vicky Skelton Dec 3 2020 12:00 AM

Prayers for you David....so sorry that we were unable to attend today's service.

Larry & Kathy Fain Nov 21 2020 12:00 AM

David, I am so sorry to read abut Debbie's death. I am so glad to read about her life. She sounds like a very special person. The best part of her, the part that was so special & made you love her, that part didn't die. That part of Debbie is still alive. She just doesn't live her now. You are in my prayers, old friend.

Mary Dew Moody Nov 21 2020 12:00 AM

David, I am sorry that Patty and I will not be able to attend Sunday as we will be out of town. Please know that we are praying for you. Love you, brother.

Allen and Patty Grisham Nov 17 2020 12:00 AM

Never was blessed to meet Debbie. I'm sure she is a beautiful, bright star. Much love, Dave, from an old friend.

Jack Cain Oct 31 2020 12:00 AM

David and Debbie such wonderful people...She lives with our Lord forevermore

James Hellmold Oct 28 2020 12:00 AM

She was a beautiful generous and caring lady. The world is a lesser place now.

Ken Olsen Oct 28 2020 12:00 AM

I only had the priviledge of meeting her once, but I remember her. My condolences, Dave. I will keep you and Debbie in my prayers.

Kim Nakae Oct 27 2020 12:00 AM

David: Praying for you.

Tom & Elissiah Mullins Oct 27 2020 12:00 AM

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