I knew Debeuneure in Charlotte, working with him doing testing for the CM School System. It was for only a brief time, but we quickly became close. I didn't know he had died on 9/11 until later. Fortunately, I was able to sing on 9/11/2002 with a large group in the PA state capitol rotunda, performing Mozart's Requiem, in honor and memory of all those who lost their lives that terrible day. I was honored to be able to wear the name of James Debeuneure on that day of remembrance.
I think of him often, as well as of Dowdy, Barbara, Pat, and others of our little group. Deb was a jewel, and I have been glad to see how he progressed in his life, developed a strong faith, and had a loving family. I remember some of our long, philosophical talks; I still miss laughing with him, as well as his way of making me feel better when I needed it. We shared a lot in that short time.
I pray God's peace for all his family and friends. What a blessing he was (and is) to more people than he, or you, ever knew.
I miss you and look forward to seeing you again, James!
Anne (Mashburn) Greenlund