Debra Johnson Cox

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Debra Johnson Cox, 49, of Florence, SC passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. She was born in Columbia, SC, a daughter of the late Thomas B. and Peggy Fogel Cox. A granddaughter of the late Issac B. and Elizabeth T. Cox of Columbia, SC, and Melton and Ina J. Fogle of Cheraw, SC.
She is survived by her sister, Michelle Cox –Stutts of Columbia SC, brother, Thomas B. Cox, Jr. of Hartsville, two aunts, Sarah Cox Carpenter and Nancy Cox Dinkins, both of Columbia, SC and two nephews, M. Albert Stutts and William B. Stutts, both of Columbia, SC.
Debra or “Debbie” as she was known, was a unique and special individual. Anyone who knew her would say that this was so. She had suffered a horrific car crash at 16 which left her extremely brain damaged. She is a miracle of sorts because she wasn’t expected to survive, but she did. The Doctors then said she would most likely never able to walk, have proper use of her limbs, feed or care for herself ever again. Debbie not only surpassed those limitations, she went on to live a life of her own choices and make decisions not be dictated by others. She excelled in Calligraphy, and often wrote beautiful notes and letters to friends and loved ones. She could live on her own, loved to cook, get around walking or riding her bike, and do just about anything a non disabled person could do. While she could not work at a normal job, she did well with managing her own day to day life. She loved Jesus and attended church regularly. She had just been baptized in October. She was a wicked game player; Cards, billiards and board games were her favorites. She often carried her deck of cards with her while she was out and about and would love to get up a game with friends. She loved her make-up, her earrings, and nails to be done. She was not a homebody and if she wasn’t eating at the Asian restaurant, or seafood (her favorites), she was visiting with people at the local Piggly Wiggly, CVS, Walgreens, and friends around town. Often members of our family would get calls from people in Florence saying they saw Debbie and how entertaining and funny she was. She loved doing things for others and wouldn’t hesitate to share whatever she had.
She was always happy, witty and sometimes a bit mischievous, but always had a smile on her face. She will be missed by many whose lives she touched.
The family wishes to thank the FCDSN Board; Dawn Johnson, Director, Coretta Fulton, her case worker, her personal care aide, Carrie Gandy and financial manager, Bonnie Dabbs for their unending love and support of her, and going over and above what was required of them for her. She was well taken care of.
We also would like to thank New Ebenezer Baptist Church for her spiritual guidance.
Most of all, we are grateful to her longtime companion, Larry, who loved her without fail.
A private service will be planned and her Urn will be laid to rest with her Mother in Chesterfield County.
Memorials may be made to New Ebenezer Baptist Church in Florence, The Manna House in Florence.