KILLEEN, Texas - Deborah "Debbie" L. Plotts (Pridgen), of Killeen, Texas, formerly of Newton, passed peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Aug. 6, 2013, after a three-year battle with cancer. Born March 1, 1955, in Dover, Debbie grew up in the Berkshire Valley section of Roxbury Township. She attended Roxbury Township school system and graduated from Roxbury High School in 1973. Debbie prided herself in her career as a bus driver that spanned nearly 35 years. Debbie retired in 2011 from Randolph Board of Education after 16 years of proudly driving Bus No. 94. Debbie was hard working, dependable and a dedicated employee. In addition to driving her school bus, she served as a second hand to the owners of two catering companies. She had many friends and enjoyed annual visits to Cape May with her gal pals. Always up for a trip, Debbie enjoyed spending time with family in different states and loved to shop. She was a member and officer of Northwest Jersey Mothers of Multiples for more than 30 years. Debbie is survived by her husband of 39 years, James R. Plotts Sr., of Killeen, Texas, formerly of Newton; twin sons, James R. Plotts Jr. and his wife, Faleula, of Killeen, Texas, and Daryl W. Plotts, of Killeen, Texas, formerly of Edison; her mother, Eileen Lovegrove (Sinn), and her husband, Charles, of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; her father, Robert C. Pridgen, and his wife, Carol, of Cape Coral, Fla.; brothers, Robert J. Pridgen and his wife, Gayle, of Stanhope; and J. Randee Pridgen and his wife, Mia, of Medford. She also is survived by four grandchildren; six nieces and nephews; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Debbie was predeceased by her granddaughter, Madison Marie Plotts; and grandparents, Edward and Hilda Sinn and Willie and Tempe Pridgen. There will be a memorial service at First Memorial Presbyterian Church, 51 West Blackwell St., Dover at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Burial will be private. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Carol G. Simon Cancer Center; First Memorial Presbyterian Church, Dover; or Hospice of Bell County Texas. Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home of Killeen, Texas, is entrusted with services.
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Aug. 11, 2013