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.
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My husband and I would like to express our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of your beloved Debra. Although we hadn’t had the opportunity to meet Debra, personally we do understand the pain of losing one so dear. We would like to share with you comfort we have experienced from Gods word found in 2 Corinthians 1:3,4. Our Heavenly Father is truly a wonderful source of comfort, he is always there for the broken hearted and those crushed in spirit ( Psalm 34:18) Please take a few moments, share your memories with those who surround you, for the memories shared are the ones most truly cherished, may they bring you comfort and peace as you begin to heal. Take care of yourselves and each other during this very difficult time.
Submitted by PJ on Dec 15 2017 05:03:36 PM
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Ben Cox lit a candle on Dec 11 2017 03:26:42 PM
What a special person Debbie was. May you find comfort and peace from the Bible where it says that God will soon do away with death, sorrow, and pain. Rev. 21:4. With Sympathy, P. Grantham
Submitted by Patricia Grantham on Dec 8 2017 10:19:47 AM
Michelle I am so sorry. I loved Debbie . We will miss her beautiful smile and bubbly personality the most. All my love. Mart
Submitted by Mart Gardner on Dec 6 2017 10:16:17 PM
I know Debbie so well. she was like my sister back in school, She was my best friends sister and we stayed together all the time.. Going to miss you Debbie and will always love you. Mandy McRae Moore-Coleman
Submitted by Mandy McRae Moore-Coleman on Dec 4 2017 03:22:49 PM
I recently met Debbie and we became friends automatically. She invited me to go with her to the library to play cards which ended up with us hanging out all day. We went to the grocery store and rode around for a little while just talking. She was a very sweet and loving person. I know without a doubt that she is watching over us now. Debbie you will truly be missed by many people.
Submitted by Meagan Bryant on Dec 4 2017 08:04:00 AM
Debbie will never have to face the last enemy death, ever again. In the meantime, her acts of faith live on until she stands up alive and whole in the Paradise.
Isaiah 25:8 "He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces."
Submitted by Heather on Dec 2 2017 11:22:58 AM
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Michelle Cox Stutts lit a candle on Dec 1 2017 05:10:58 PM
By God's grace and mercy , I was given the best gift of doing homecare. I was Debbie's aide for three years. It was a pleasure to take care of her and also be her friend. Although I was no longer her aide , we stayed in contact. When we would see each other, she would call me Mama , give me a hug and we would laugh and joke around. She never let the conversation end without saying 'I love you , God bless you'. The day of Debbie's passing I was at work , sitting at my desk. I got a phone call from a friend , telling me what happened. At that moment , all I could picture was Debbie with that beautiful smile , going about her day , not knowing what was about to happen. I loved her dearly and would often tell her she was like a big sister. To the family , may God keep his loving arms wrap around each of you , giving you all an abundance of comfort and strength.
Soar high my beautiful friend/sister!! Love you Debbie!!
Until we meet again......
Submitted by Samantha Orange on Dec 1 2017 12:28:37 PM
DEBBIE, WAS A VERY FRIENDLY PERSON. I MET DEBBIE YEARS AGO. SHE WOULD ALWAYS GREET ME WITH A BIG SMILE AND A BIG HUG, SHE LOVED TO SHOW OFF HER PRETTY NAILS ." DEBBIE WILL BE MISSED " REST ON DEBBIE !!!
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