Deborah Alice Lewis (1947 - 2015)

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Deborah Alice Lewis, 68, lost her heroic but short battle with cancer October 14, 2015. Deb, as she was known to those who knew and loved her, was born March 26, 1947 in Griffin, Ga., the youngest of four daughters. Her mother and father, Imogene and Durward Lewis were both employed in the textile factory in Griffin and Deb grew up in a company home in the mill village section of town. Following high school graduation, Deb joined the U.S. Women's Marine Corps. At the end of her four year commitment, Deb pursued a college degree while serving in the Marine Corps Reserve in Gulfport, Mississippi. She graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi at Long Beach with a degree in English. Soon after completion of her college degree and fulfillment of her obligation to the Marine Corps Reserves, Deb worked for the United States Federal government in the Defense Investigative Service as a Special Agent. Deb was medically retired in 1984 after eight years of service. She moved to the Jacksonville area in the mid 1980s. Here she began her second career as a tax preparer working for the Anniston H & R Block tax office where she learned the skills involved in tax preparation. She was a fast learner and was soon put to work training others in tax classes. Her leadership skills earned her the position of manager of the Jacksonville H & R Block office. After many successful years in this position, Deb struck out on her own and started her own tax business, The Village Tax Team, in Jacksonville. This past year the office celebrated its tenth year of business. Five years ago, Deb qualified as an Enrolled Agent and as such, was able to represent clients in tax cases presented to the court. Deb always found time to be involved in community activities she supported. She was active for many years with the League for Animal Welfare. For several years, she boarded and nursed many of the League's sick and unadoptable cats. She was also active in the Marine Corps League and worked hard for the Toys for Tots drive in this area. Professionally, Deb was a member of the Alabama chapter of the Independent Tax Preparers Association for many years. She served as the president of the organization for three terms and taught several courses during the fall and spring conferences. There was never a dog or cat Deb was not able to love and because of this many animals found the love and caring they needed at her home. Deb was an avid Civil War historian and found much joy meandering through Civil War battlegrounds. She was an extensive reader of biographies and fiction and her home is filled with books. In the evenings there was nothing more relaxing for her than working on a jigsaw puzzle. She loved the U.S. Marine Corps and was most proud to tell people that she "was a Marine." Deb loved children and children were drawn to her. She would often say, "You cannot spoil a child with too much love." Deb was known and loved by many in the Jacksonville/Anniston area. There was hardly a time she could walk through the Jacksonville Walmart without someone stopping her to give a hug and chat. Deb was not a religious person but she was very spiritual and her life was evidence that she was touched by God's Grace. Deb is survived by her life partner, Carol Knupp; Marcus R. Knupp, of Germany; Jennifer and Kevin Maxey, of Decatur, Ga.; Wilson and Charlie Maxey; two sisters, Donna (Al) Tilson, of Griffin, Ga. and Ruth Coleman, of Fla.; several nieces, nephews and cousins; eight dogs and three cats. A special thanks to Deb's family at the Village Tax Team, Rita Kelly, Jimmy Johnson and Shirley Parker. Much gratitude is offered to the wonderfully caring and professional doctors and nurses in the ICU at Gadsden Regional Medical Center, and to Dr. Harsh Singh and Nurse Practitioner, Juda Carter at the Jacksonville Med Care. Deb's smile, laughter, and loving nature will be greatly missed and her memory cherished by all who knew and loved her. The family will receive friends at K.L. Brown Funeral Home in Jacksonville, Saturday, October 17, 2015, from noon until 2 p.m. A celebration of life service will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville Hampton Inn on Friday, October 23, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Deb's name to The League for Animal Welfare, P.O. Box 2510, Anniston, AL 36202 or to Toys for Tots, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, The Cooper Center, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA, 22172-1776 or to www.toysfortots.org. Online condolences to the family at www.klbrownfuneralhome.com. K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center 322 Nisbet St., NW, Jacksonville, AL 36265 256.435.7042
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Published in The Anniston Star on Oct. 16, 2015
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