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James Daniel Debeuneure, 58, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, a fifth-grade teacher at Ketcham Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

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Published in The State Journal-Register on Sep. 13, 2001.
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September 11, 2020
My oh my - I remember the times we shared in the late 1970's in SE Washington DC. We all enjoyed life to the fullest.
When I learned of your demise I was and still am so heartbroken. Visited the 911 in NYC and the Pentagon memorial - so emotional. . .
My sincere and heartfelt condolences to your loving family and friends. So many pleasant memories. I think of you often, especially on Sept. 11th. A life ended tragically, however well lived. Peace, comfort and strength to all. Until we meet again - your friend Danyce Dicks. . .
Danyce Dicks
September 11, 2020
im sure you was a great teacher. rest in peace my brother.
Andy Graves
September 11, 2020
With warm and loving thoughts of you, James. I still miss our brief time working together. You brightened my life,as you obviously did for many others. Miss those days with Dowdy, Barbara, Pat, George, et al. He was a blessing to us all.
God's Peace be with his family and friends.
Anne Greenlund
September 10, 2020
You may be gone but you are not forgotten. Every year I pay honor to you and your colleagues. My Students will never forget you!
North Forsyth HS.
Tammy Sicignano
September 9, 2019
James was a loved person, father, spouse, and teacher. The he still had a lot of living to do and it was taken from him. He was a good influence to his children and students and a great role model. He will be missed.
Colson Bercier
September 11, 2018
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
September 13, 2016
I am a member of Ohio Patriot Bikers. We ride to remember and honor our fallen. I rode for you this year. In your name, you are still teaching us every day on earth, may your family continue to find peace
Michele Smith
September 15, 2015
<3 <3 God bless
Erin Martin
September 14, 2015
Still think of you and your family on this day. Thoughts and prayers go out to the famil
Mary Miles
September 11, 2014
I think of you every year when this time comes around...May God bless your family.
Erin Martin
June 25, 2014
Still feeling pain as I reminisce on this dreadful day. Although time has passed, the need for you here with me is still great. Asking the "why" question has become a daily song for me but living through your memories and love is what has kept me going. Missing you much dad

His daughter
September 11, 2013
Remembering you James and thinking of your loved ones and many friends on this difficult day. Your positive, caring way with everyone you encountered, lives on in our memories and hearts. Thank you for your example. Your light shines brightly on.
Scott Marinoff
September 11, 2012
Mary Miles
September 11, 2012
Remembering you on this day.
Mary Miles
September 11, 2012
We remember
Judie Queen
September 11, 2012
I just wanted to take a moment to send out love and positive thoughts to James' family and friends, on this difficult day.
Scott Marinoff
August 7, 2012
As another school year begins and we buy school clothes, school supplies, and teachers set up classrooms for the new year, let us never forget the fine educators like James who were lost on that horrible day. My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family that you left behind, but I am encouraged to think that some of your 'fifth graders' are now responsible adults changing the world to be a better place and by doing so, honoring your memory. Much love from Texas...
Del Newberry
September 12, 2011
On 9/11/11 I found myself thinking of you "Deb". The words that came to my mind were: Intelligent, Quiet, Caring, Compassionate, Perseverance, One who put the needs of others before his own! This is a legacy we should all hope to exemplify. I think of you often, see you when I get to heaven! Your cousin....
Brenda Willis
September 12, 2011
Keep coming back to this but reluctant to put it in words...two raw still but to say that you have my love and prayers forever. Thank you for the 'gift' of knowing you continue in heaven, well and at peace. Thanks for the visit and assurance of this. Love always
Caryl Butcher
September 12, 2011
I am sad you never got to explore the Channel Islands with us. I would have enjoyed watching the wonder and excitement on our students' faces. I so wish my students and I could have had the chance to know you and your student Rodney. You dedicated your life to serving children and you will never be forgotten.
Kristin Majda
September 11, 2011
To all of James' family & friends: I am thinking of you and sending much love on this difficult day.
Scott Marinoff
September 7, 2011
Mr. D you're always on my mind and FOREVER IN MY HEART!!!
Bernadette Jones
August 31, 2011
Happy Birthday Pop!

Jacques Debeuneure
May 2, 2011
Just a note to say I'm thinking of you all, what with the latest news. It stirred up memories of that awful day, but hopefully it will at least bring some small comfort. Love & Blessings!
Scott Marinoff
September 12, 2010
Yesterday marked nine years since the awful events of September 11, 2001 - yet the loss and pain is ever close.

My warm and loving thoughts go out to all of James' family members and friends.
Scott Marinoff
August 31, 2010
Mr. D. Your valiance is still recognized and much respect to your memory and your family. Not a day goes by that I don't say a prayer for your family. Mr. D. you are always on my mind and FOREVER IN MY HEART!!!
Bernadette Jones
May 12, 2010
To the Debeuneure Family: I have the priviledge of working with Jacque, and consider him a dear friend. I honor the memory of Mr James D. Debeuneure, by placing him on my wall of fame, here in my office at home. His obituary is there, right beside that of my father. God Bless and Keep them both!
Dr Murray Hines
September 11, 2009
September 11, 2009
In the mid-70s, I worked with "Deb", as a telemarketer, at Army Times in Washington, where he was one of my supervisors. He was always a positive and upbeat guy, who encouraged me when I was in a slump. I am sending out my love and support to his family and friends, on this difficult day.
Scott Marinoff
September 11, 2009
Hello Jalin,
How best to say how blessed I am that you continue to honor your Dad, only God knows. Your Dad was a blessing to so many and really gave you an awesome example of parental love, joy, support, and life long prayers to follow. You are doing a terrific job. Always praying for you and your family.
In Christ love,
Mrs. Kristina
September 11, 2009
Teachers are the ultimate heroes and role models, in my opinion. Thank you for choosing such a noble profession and for being an inspiration for so many.
September 11, 2009
Forever remembering you "Mr. Deb" your former fifth grade student from Phyllis E. Williams...1990..May God bless you and your family..
Erin Martin
September 10, 2009
This is to the Debeuneure family. I am a blogger who is part of a project called Project 2996 where bloggers take one name each from those we lost on 9-11 and pay tribute to them. I am honored to have James Debeuneure chosen as the one I pay tribute to. To read my tribute, go here: http://blogs.chron.com/texassparkle/2009/09/in_memory_of_james_debeuneure.html

If there is anything you would like me to change or add, please let me know in the comment section of the blog.

God bless you, Kathleen McKinley
Kathleen McKinley
June 16, 2009
Jallin--this is cousin Francine checking in. ou and your family look great and beautiful. I will be home to DC in the middle of July. May we plan to see each other. I have not spokon to Tommy in a while. I will call him this month. My cellk 4043178299. francine.henderson@fulktoncountyga.gov
June 13, 2009
Hello everyone:
Again id like to thank everyone for their continued support to the debeuneure children and family. Although its almost been 10 years we are still morning as if it was yesterday. I know that everyone has important people in their lives but he was truly our HERO, FATHER, ROLE MODEL, CONFIDANT etc...... everyday doesnt pass by without us acknowledging him in some way or another. We appreciate the pictures youve posted which help us to place faces with the names on the many entries and we just appreciate your dedication to supporting us know matter how near or far you may be.
March 21, 2009
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!!!
Bernadette Jones
September 15, 2008
Hi everyone. It does not seem to get any easier> Whenever my 9/11 birthday arrives, I think about the fun cousin James and I had. I miss him so much. Just like the rest of you, he will always be in my heart. Jalin keep sweet and send an e-picture of the baby. I hope to see you and your family in Dec.
September 11, 2008
To the family of James Daniel Debeuneure:
James gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. My deepest sympathy to you. We must never forget!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
September 11, 2008
I am writing this message to honor your father. He is remembered by our family and will never be forgotten. May god bless you and your family.
jennifer watts
September 11, 2008

As we all take time to reflect and pray on this day of rememberance...I want you to know that you and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers on this day.

Though it has been many years since we last seen or spoke to each other, I just wanted you to know that you are still a friend of mine.
Today I was thinking about the times we would see each other outside at my cousin Leslie's house, when we were younger. Or in the LHS choir when Mr. Murphy would always say your last name in a french accent. Just little random things that remind me of you...

God bless you and your family!!!
Denise "Johnson" Forbes
August 11, 2008
It me uncle deb at work ( Tamica)
August 11, 2008
August 11, 2008
jas and ashley my uncle never got to see them
June 19, 2008
To My cousin,
It's been so long since we have talked but I think about uncle Deb everyday. How I wish he could see our children growing up, hOW I MISS THE SUMMER TIME WHEN WE USE TO COME AND SPEND TIME WITH YOU ALL. I just wanted you all to know that I love you and I will always be here if you need anything.
Carbella Cheek
June 19, 2008
Uncle Tune is what I knew him as my favorite person in the world when my parents use to talk about divorce I use to say that I just wanted to live with him. He use to come and get me and my twin brother every summer for a week and show us all around whasington. The monuments, museums, the world war 1&2 wall . It's wierd to me that now his name is on a memorial wall. I just want my cousins to know that I love you and I really want to see all of you.
Carbella Cheek
April 19, 2008
To the family of angel Mr. D, I will never forget. Mr. D. you are always on my mind and FOREVER IN MY HEART!!
Bernadette Jones
February 27, 2008
I went to Phyllis E. Williams in the 80's where you taught I never had you as a teacher, but wanted you as one because you was always so nice to your students and you loved them all. you are truly missed!!!
January 17, 2008
Hello to all the folks who continue to remeber my cousin. You are so great to keep in touch. I know James or Toon, as I use to call him is very proud of his daughter Jalin. He did a wonderful job of rearing her. I just got back from Latta, South Carolina where some of my and James' roots still exist. I was talking with my 86 year old aunt who is the neice of James' grandmother. We had so much fun remembering him and talked about a family reunion wich he attended. I remember going to the back lawn area where cousin James sat "listening" to the stillness of that tiny town. When there were sounds they were birds cherring or rossters crowing. We both marveled at the peacefulness of the entire environment. I sure miss my cousin and know all of you do as well. Try not to feel sad when you think of him, but rather, remember a time when you were together.
francine Henderson
January 16, 2008
This is me and Sharnae at a wedding last summer
Hey Jalin!!!!
I never knew this existed either. I just wanted to stop by and honor your father. He was a wonderful man. Whenever I came over it was like I too was his child. I'll never forget the time I spent with him and Levi. Funny how the world turns. Melissa Lockhart contacted me not too long ago and said you had asked about me. Give me a call. I would love to hear from you. (301)-602-0018. Congratulations on your beautiful son and your wedding.Maybe the next time I am in the area we can hang out. Please call me soon. I love you.
Anzéa L. Smith
Anzéa Smith
January 7, 2008
It is a new year and I just wanted to wish everyone a prosperous new year. There is not a day that goes by were i dont think about my dad but at this point in my life i thank him everyday for raising me to be who i am. I continuously read these entries to remind me of how so many people felt about the man whom i put on a pedal stool right below christ, i appreciate you all and thanks again!
December 26, 2007
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!!!
Bernadette Jones
September 13, 2007
Hello dear cousin. Well this is the date of the 6th year since you moved on and it is also the date of my 63rd year of life. I spoke to Tommy today and he me how old I was. I said why, and he said he wanted to know the difference between our ages. That was cute to me. I missed your dear daughter's wedding. I will be in her area in Dec. and hope to see her and your little grand baby. You go papa!
francine Henderson
September 12, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time of year and always. I will never forget. May God bless you and your family always.
Melodie Pooler
September 11, 2007
jalin debeuneure
September 11, 2007
I never knew you but you'll always have a special place in my heart. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of your students and everyone you touched.
Allison Levie
September 11, 2007
You were my Fifth Grade teacher 17 years ago. Not only my teacher, but a friend of my family. You are truly missed.

Erin Martin
Phyllis E. Williams
Student 1990-1991
Erin martin
August 3, 2007
Always on my mind and forever in my heart.
Bernadette Jones
July 26, 2007
J, I never knew this existed. I always wanted to tell you and show you my condolences about this. I heard about it and was so deeply saddened. I remember when I use to have to come over your house in the mornings and we walk to school. You were like one of those forever friends. I hope you are okay and remember the great times. Your father was one of the best!

Karin Kirkland
July 22, 2007
This is cousin Francine. My how I miss you. Almost everyday I think about how you made mama smile when you showed up by her bedside to say hello. I will always long for you. I can still vividly recall the day we sat in the yeard and enjoyed the peacefulness of the breeze on that South Carolina day when we were at the Kinney Family renuion. 9/121 is a trip in may ways. Celebrating my birth date on that date is not the same. I still wonder why you had to go. I want to always recall the times we had together. Remember the party where the wind broke the glass door an mama said every time we were together something happened. You and I know that wasn't true. Remember the evening of Wanda's funeral. I know you can not read this email but I am having a grand time talking about long ago when we were young and hopeful!
francine Henderson
July 20, 2007
Maann J... I still remember helpin Mr D wash the beamer and cut the grass.. and Him sayin.. "Von...Lookout for jalin.. no matter what!" I remember getting that call from you.. man I just welled up thinking about it.. you know I am your big Bro and I would do anything for you and lil J! I hate that we never hangout but I am always around! you call me for anything..

Love ya!
D'Von Pryor
July 6, 2007
In memory....
P Tabbernor
June 9, 2007
Always on my mind and FOREVER IN MY HEART!!
Bernadette Jones
April 10, 2007
Mr. D.,
You are always on my mind and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette Jones
March 3, 2007
Jalin...D'Von and I miss you and still love you a lot...We are both prayerful that you and your son are doing very well...please contact me...Love you..."Ma Pryor"
Phyllis Pryor
December 5, 2006
To The Family,
May your memories of Mr. D. be one filled with smiles because memories are treasures and you have a treasure that no one else has. God Bless!
Bernadette Jones
November 1, 2006
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
October 20, 2006
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette Jones
September 13, 2006
THANK YOU all for your wonderful and sincere entries in regards to my father and my family, we appreciate your kindness and we are always reading what you have to say about Mr. D
jalin debeuneure
September 13, 2006
Cousin James I miss you so much. Here we are five years later and I continue to long for your smile and love. Mama loved you so much I appreciate how happy you made her when you visited the house. I will use tge guest book more. For a while the word guest made me think of outsiders rather than family. love you!
francine henderson
September 12, 2006
My thought and prayers are with you.May you find peace and comfort knowing others care and will NEVER forget.
Melodie Pooler
August 2, 2006
Always on my mind and forever in my heart.
Bernadette Jones
June 1, 2006
To Angel James,
You are always on my mind, and FOREVER IN MY HEART!!
Bernadette Jones
March 30, 2006
I grew up near DC and in the mid 1970s I worked as a telemarketer for Army Times Publishing Company, when it was located in SW Washington on School Street. For a time, Deb was one of my supervisors there. I'll always remember his upbeat attitude. When I wasn't hitting my nightly sales quota, I could always count on Deb to encourage me and help bring out my best performance. Even though it was so many years ago, he made a positive impact on my life and I just wanted to share this and remember him.
Scott Marinoff
March 16, 2006
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette Jones
February 1, 2006
Time doesn't change a thing, my feelings are still the same. Mr. D you are always on my mind and forever in my heart. God Bless The Debeuneure Family.
Bernadette Jones
November 28, 2005
Mr. D.,
You are always on my mind and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette Jones
October 6, 2005
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette Jones
September 5, 2005
Always on my mind, and forever in my heart.
Bernadette Jones
August 26, 2005
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette Jones
August 19, 2005
Mr. Debeuneure -
I recall the very first time that we met. You brought your 16-year-old daughter Jalin to my home to baby-sit for my son. Of, course; being the responsible dad, you wanted to meet the person that your daughter would be working for. I knew from our initial meeting that you were a "GREAT" man! But even prior to meeting you, I knew that you were “GREAT,” because your daughter “worshiped the grounds that you walked on.” I also, recall speaking with you a day or two prior to your taking your school trip on Flight 77. Well, it's eight years later since our initial meeting and your daughter Jalin has grown to become a "Great" woman and she's a very special part of my family. Thank you...
July 16, 2005
Mr. D.,
You are always on my mind and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette Jones
June 2, 2005
To The Family of Mr. Debeuneure,
May the memories of James be the light that guides you during times of sadness. You are always in my prayers. God Bless You.
Bernadette Jones
April 13, 2005
Mr. D.,
You are always on my mind and FOREVER IN MY HEART!
Bernadette Jones
March 19, 2005
To Mr. D.,
I thank you for the sacrifice you made as a teacher. Your legacy lives on in all the children you taught and with that in mind I know the world will be a much better place.

Thank You Mr. D.
You are my hero!!
Bernadette Jones
February 11, 2005
To Angel James,
You are always on my mind, and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette Jones
January 4, 2005
Now I know what these all mean;
"Love's In Need of Love Today"
"What The World Needs Now"
"Peace On Earth and Good Will Towards Man"
"I'll Always Love You"
"I'll Be Missing You"
"How Can You Mend A Broken Heart"
"We Are One"
There are many, many more; but most importantly, now I truly know what they all mean. These are all dedicated to the Family and Friends of Mr. D.
Bernadette Jones
December 13, 2004
To The Family of Mr. D.,
May memories be the light that guides you from the darkness.
Bernadette Jones
November 11, 2004
Memories are priceless treasures that last forever. Mr. D. you are always on my mind and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette Jones
October 30, 2004
Mr. D.,
You are always on my mind and forever in my heart!! Continued love to your family and friends.
Bernadette Jones
September 24, 2004
Mr. D.,
I would like to thank you for the gift you gave as a teacher. That is a gift that will always be with all the children you taught as well as your friends and family. Thank you for sharing Mr. D. You are always on my mind and forever in my heart.
Bernadette Jones
September 11, 2004
Dear Deb, around this time three years ago, you were taken from us, from the world. On that day, I didn't understand. I was angry. However, now I have a different perception of events. Things happen for a reason. God needed you that day. Even though it was all so sudden, I eventually realized you are in a better place, away from harm and evil. You were a courageous man and fulfilled your duty on Septmebr 11th. James, I pray for you; you will always be remembered, in the hearts of your family, friends, and students. As your second cousin, I love you and miss you greatly. From the Sikoutris and Goodwyn Families, God Bless.
Michael Sikoutris
August 4, 2004
As the time goes by, the pain is still the same. Much love to the family and friends of Mr. D.
Bernadette Jones
July 23, 2004
Yes I was an APPRECIATION groupee. Tumb, Melvin, Fever, Oscar.......I will never forget your warmth. May God hold your soul and your children's hearts in HIS hands...... PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU
July 9, 2004
You are always on my mind and forever in my heart!
Bernadette Jones
June 17, 2004
Mr. D.,
You are always on my mind, and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette Jones
June 13, 2004
James Debeuneure was my grandparents' neighbor forever, and I was good friends with his daughter Jaylin when we were kids. Mr. D. often kept an eye on me as we played in and out of his home and all over the neighborhood. He was warm and fatherly towards all children, and my young years were more happy and safe with a neighbor like Mr. D. I want to send my deepest regrets to the Debeuneure Family. I will never forget his legacy.
Jennifer Dorn
May 19, 2004
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!!!
Bernadette Jones
March 9, 2004
To Mr. Dr.,
I solute you and I will follow your lead. I will do everything I can for the children. As a teacher no one can walk in your shoes, but I will follow your lead.

Thank You Mr. D!!!
You are always on my mind and forever in my heart!!!
Bernadette McClinton-Jones
January 21, 2004
Just want to send my Thougths and Prayers out to the Debeuneure.
December 24, 2003
May God Keep you and your Family
Merry Christmas in Heaven you are in my prayers
Lakia hegepeth
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