Deborah E. "Debbie" Ransom
Ms. Deborah "Debbie" E. Ransom 1953-2007 - SAVANNAH - Ms. Deborah "Debbie" E. Ransom was called to be with her heavenly father on Thursday, June 14, 2007 at the age of 52 at her mother's residence surrounded by her family. The Chatham County native lived all her life in the Savannah area. A 1971 graduate of Savannah High School. She received a B.S. of Business Administration from Savannah State (College) University. She also received a Masters in Special Education and A Certificate of Advanced. Studies in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College. She worked over 25 years with the Chatham County Board of Education as an Orthopedic Impaired Teacher. Deborah has been faithful member of Young Zion Baptist Church for 40 years, until her health fail her. She was preceded in death by her father, George Ransom, Sr., grandmothers, Ida Ransom, and Marie Porter, uncle, Leon Banks Sr., sisters, Linda Gail Ransom and Tonya L. Ransom Turner. Debbie leaves behind to cherish her memory, her mother Charles Etta Ransom; son, Armon K. Truell; daughter, Nyrai E. Adams; granddaughter, Armonie Truell; special friend, David Adams; siblings, George (Lesa) Ransom, Jr., Sharon Ransom-Ivy, Diane Reynolds, Charles Ransom; aunts, Mildred Stevens, Rosemary Banks, Irene Kease, Edna (Joseph) Bryant, Gladys Rivers, MaryLou (James) Cohen; uncles, Isaac (Susie) Gordon, Jr., Joseph (Ellen) Washington, Herman (Willie Mae) Johnson and Diana Reynolds; brothers-in law, Nathaniel Ivy and George Turner, Jr.; nephews, Darren (Katina) Parker, JaNaun Ivy, JaMarri Ivy, Rashad Coney, George Turner III, Dr. Leon (Suzanne) Banks, Jr., Matthew Jackson, Kelvin Jackson, Robert Morgan, Harry Morgan Ta'Lil Dempsey, Martius Mincey, Shantavious Mincey, Robbie Reynolds; nieces, Cierra Turner, ShyQuanda Williams, Tawannah Frazier, Latoya Reynolds; one grandniece, Eboni Parker; one God-daughter, Natasha Councils; one God-brother, Rev. LuJames Williams; two God sisters, Amber Scott, Breonna Dean; special family members, Isaac (Theresa) Blue, Minnie Gordon, Marie Blue, Mrs. Rosa Hamilton, Sybil Showe, James Cohen, Jr. Visitation: 6-8 p.m., Friday, June 22, 2007 at St. James Church. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, June 23, 2007 at St. James A.M.E Church, 632 Board Street, with Rev. James Williams, officiating. Interment: Hillcrest Abbey East. Savannah Morning News June 22, 2007 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at
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As a parent who dropped off and picked up children at Gould for years, Ms. Ransom's smiling presence and warm greetings to me and my children truly made a difference in our school days. May God comfort you.
Christine Wallace, Gould parent
July 16, 2007
To the family of Deborah Ransom: I was so sorry to learn of Deborah's passing. Deborah and I worked together, at times, over the past few years. We saw each other often at Gould or Butler Elementary. At other times, we worked closely together during the process of transferring students from the PSI Program into the Orthopedically Impaired Program. Deborah always had a smile or comment in passing to brighten your day. She was a wonderful teacher and advocate for her students. She will be missed. May God bring you comfort and strength during this difficult time.

Ann Halverson, PSI-CB Teacher
July 11, 2007
I will always remember what you did for my brother Marece Alexander Mitchell. My mother, Rozenia {Green-Parker} Mitchell said that she remembered when you were born. She will never for get you and how you handled Marece when he decided to be difficult. You are always in our thoughts. We love you Debbie.
Valatean Mitchell
July 2, 2007
Pearl Cochran Smalls, a former classmate at Savannah High School. To the family, rely on God for your strength and comfort. He will be your guide.
Pearl Smalls
June 28, 2007
Ms. Ranson:

I flew to Omaha, Nebraska, to visit my mama's family the day your kind-hearted spirit lifted to heaven. That accounts for the turbulence in the clouds. We passed in the sky.

Rest peacefully knowing that Ms. St. James and Ms. Hill are doing their best to serve your special students. God bless.

Chris Wilson (CP kid)
West Chatham Elementary School
Chris Wilson
June 26, 2007
To The Ransom Family:

I was sad to hear of Debbie's passing. I know she's in a better place no more suffering and pain. Just remember, God will not put no more on you than you can bear. Debbie and I went from Jr.-Sr. High school together. She was a sweet person with a pleasing personality. At our last Savannah High Class '71' meeting, she had us rolling with jokes as always. I will miss her. So family just remember we know you loved her but God loves her best and called her home for rest.

Betty Wasington Jackson
c/o 1971 Savannah High Blue Jackets
Betty W. Jackson
June 26, 2007
To the Entire Ransom Family:

I had the opportunity of working with Deborah at Gadsden and Gould Elementary Schools. She and I also received our Master's Degree from Cambridge College together. Deborah was an awesome and dedicated educator. May God continue to grant you peace in the days ahead.
Gwendolyn Griffin
June 25, 2007
To the Ransom Family, May God Bless and Comfort you is our prayer.Classmate of George Ransom; Lauramae Heyward Campbell & Glynnard Campbell.
Lauramae Campbell
June 25, 2007
To The Family of Debbie Random:

We can't comprehend just how sad you must feel for the loss of someone you love. This sorrowful time must still feel unreal and you're looking for strength from above.

We hope from our hearts, that your pain will decrease, that your spirit will gain strength again and we pray that your faith will create inner peace and that God will send blessings.

Special thoughts and love to Ellen and Joe Washington, If you need us to lighten your load, we're waiting to come to your aid. If there's something we can do, anything at all, think of us thinking of you, and don't hesitate to call.
Dorothy (Dot) & Earl Luke
June 24, 2007
To the family of my friend Debbie Ransom,
May God strengthen each of you during your time of grief. My prayer is that God will guide each of you and continue to bless you. Remember that God makes no mistakes and Debbie is in a place where there is peace and joy; no more pain and no more worries. I love you all. May God forever shower his love with each of you. Debbie will be missed. She kept me laughing when we went to Cambridge College and I considered her a true friend. She made the experience in Graduate School worthwhile. She always gave me advice and encouragment. She was a down to earth woman (and I appreciated that characteristic she exemplified). I was always uplifted by her humorous spirit.
Terri Mobley
June 24, 2007
To the family:
Deborah was such a blessing to my husband and me. He taught with her many years ago and then I had the blessing of teaching and sharing fun times with her at Gould Elementary. She was a great teacher and friend. Thank you for sharing her with us!
Dee and Sally Watson
June 23, 2007
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
(1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
Catherine Moore
June 22, 2007
We sang in the sunshine, we laughed everyday, we sang in the
sunshine, and we went on our way.
Debbie, thanks for the experience,
you shall always be remembered as a "Sunny Day".
Ralph Murle Lipsey Jr.
June 22, 2007
The lost of you in my life will always be felt in my heart. Even though we lived miles apart every visit home I would get to see your bright smile and hear your thunderous laugh. I will miss you my friend. To the family; Know that I am with you in spirit and that my hope is that your hearts are healed soon.
Pearl Gadson
June 22, 2007
With deepest sympathy to the family.
Ida Sidney
June 22, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. A Gould Elementary Parent
June 22, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Reverend Marilyn Leigh
June 22, 2007
To the Ransom Family,
A healing promise: Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted (Matt. 5:4)
We were sadened to hear the news of the lose of Debbie. She was a good neighbor full of laughter and smiles. She will be missed.
Harry & Angela Carter
June 22, 2007
Debbie, I will miss you. OI lost a strong advocate.
Charles Smith
June 22, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ms. Ransom has touched the life of all those she worked with and so many children. She will be missed.
Gerry Harman
June 22, 2007
To the Ransom Family
Truly my condolences goes out to the family. Even though I have not seen Debbie for many years, memories of her will always be with me of our friendship. May our Lord Jesus Christ strenghten the family during this time of bereavement.
Marilyn McPherson
June 22, 2007
To TheRanson Family
I was hurt to hear about you loss,remember God only takes the best.God said nomore suffering my child you have suffer long enough lets go and rest in peace.Remember God has it all in his hands.
Frederick/ Felicia Armstrong/Shuman Sr.
June 22, 2007
I will miss her. She was a friend and teacher to my family and I.
This is a big lost for the community.

She would help all children.All the kids, staff and famiies knew her at Gould.

She is in a place where she can look down and see the work she has done with the kids.
Jane Newman
June 22, 2007
I will miss her so much. Ms. Ransom was my friend and teacher for years.
Justin Newman
June 22, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
maurice Bentley
June 21, 2007
debbie always made me smile, I will aways smile when I think of debbie. May God continue to bless your family.
angela coleman-williams
June 21, 2007

June 21, 2007
My prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. I had the opportunity of working with Ransom at Gould. Ransom was truley one of a kind. I often called her the chief. It was not no job at the school Ransom would not do, she was the teacher,the counselor,the data clark,the party organizer,the mentour and last but not least the cafteria assisited. She would really be missed by many.
Dawanda Polite-Joyner
June 21, 2007
May God be with all the family and friends of Mrs. Deborah Ransom. Mrs Ransom was a wonderful person, and I am honored to have been her friend. She will truly be missed by many. Ransom I love you and may you have eternal rest.
Cearah Moore
June 21, 2007
To Rose Mary & family
It was a pleasure knowing Debbie from high school until adulthood.When anytime in her company, she would always have you laughing with her jokes. She would always wear a smile on her face.
May God bless you and your family at this time.
Sharon P. Clark
SHS c/o 1971
Sharon Price-Clark
June 21, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Jimmie Chisholm
June 21, 2007
Although we will miss you, comfort comes in knowing that you are in the arms of God. We will meet again in HIS house.

Martha Gelagay
Martha Gelagay
June 21, 2007
To The Ransom Family;
To know Debbie was to Love her. She was such a great joy of life. She enjoyed every moment of it. Just continue to pray and ask God for strength as you adjust to living on earth without her. However, keep in mind that she will always be looking down at you, just don't fall down too hard when she gives you a nudge and smile from above. Her family, the children she came in contact with and taught, co-workers and world wide friends were very special to her. Please continue to sprend love and care as she did. She is gone, but never let her spirit die. I will always remember the joy and comfort she brougth into my life.
Mattie B. Johnson
June 21, 2007
GOD does not close a door without opening a window. GOD is with you.
Bridget Gordon
June 21, 2007
There are no words that can express my sympathy. Please take comfort in knowing that our heavenly father has left a comforter, the Holy Spirit. Seek your strength from him and he will keep all of you. Deborah will be sadly missed. She was a lively, energy-filled young lady who loved her students as well as loved life.
Leah Johnson
June 21, 2007
June 21, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you through this time of sorrow. Remember, God heals all pain. He has now embraced Deborah with his love. No more pain for her. She has received her blessing. I now pray for God to strengthen you.
Barbara Pitts, Gould Elem.
June 21, 2007
Evelynie Cook
June 21, 2007
Such a lovely lady who as I read had an impact on many lives. Her work here was complete and she will surely be missed, but be so proud of her. God has the greater plan for us all. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
June 21, 2007
The faculty and staff of Thunderbolt Marine Science School extend our thoughts and prayers to the family during your time of bereavement.
Dr. Vicky Bryant
June 21, 2007
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Dorothy McCarr
June 21, 2007
To: The Ransom Family
My prayers will forever be with you. I pray God Blessings upon each of you. Deborah will always be remembered as a friend to the end. We shared a life span from Hubert to adulthood. May you be comfort to know that you will see her again and you will meet on the
Heavenly Shore. May God forever Keep each of You in his Loving Care.
Vera Mitchell Grant (PAT)
Vera Grant
June 20, 2007
To the family of Ms. Ransom,
I hope these words of encouragement will some day ease the pain you are feeling today. Ms. Ransom will truly be missed.

Candas Brown
June 20, 2007
My prayers are with the family. I will miss the smile you always had on yor face.
Joann Dudley
June 20, 2007
I will miss your happy face. My prayers are with the family.
Linda Martin
June 20, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Ms. Ransom has touched the life of so many of our children.
Thomas Lockamy
June 20, 2007
To the family;
My heart goes out to each of you. Deborah will truly be missed not only by the adults she touched but also by the many children who benefitted greatly from knowing her. She is now in a better place making the angels laugh.
Jackie Haskew
June 20, 2007
To the Ransom Family,

May the peace of God rest with all of you durning your time of loss. Keep looking up, for your help cometh from the Lord.
Wanda Palmer
June 20, 2007
To the Ransom Family...
God has picked another flower for His Heavenly Bouquet. Know that GOD will always be there for you; to hold and keep you at your lowest moments.
Evangelist Janice R. Johnson-Scott
June 20, 2007
Words cannot not express the feeling of knowing that Debbie is no longer here. I take comfort in knowing that I will see her again. She always encouraged me to further my education. I know that I will always be indebted to her for encouraging me in a variety of areas and accepting me always. She has inspired me to seek education and teach the world. I’ll forever cherish the laughs and talks we had at W. W. Law. I definitely count it a blessing to have known this wonderful woman. I've watched her raise for her daughter and care for her family. My next step is to "Pay it forward" - do for someone what Debbie did for me.

Ransom family, please know that you will continue to be in my prayers. Know that God knows best and he only makes the best.
Love Always,
Kimberly Crawford, W. W. Law/Hubert Middle School
June 20, 2007
To the family
Remember GOD is always near and there is no sorrow Heaven can't heal. I shared times with Deborah and Tonya at Cambridge College.
Elaine A. Burns
June 20, 2007
To the Ransom Family:
My prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. Deborah will always be remembered with a smile, because she always knew how to make bring laughter out of everyone no matter what the situation. Know that she is now in the care and keeping of God, who keeps watch over His own.
Rose Har
June 20, 2007
Sandra Lee
June 20, 2007
We will definitely miss Deborah. She was a dedicated teacher who never complained about anything--she just served her kids. She was the kind of teacher that would go the extra mile for her students and then some. We all loved Deborah; the Department for Exceptional Children has lost a tremendous contributor and advocate.
Mikki Garcia, Dept. for Exceptional Children
June 20, 2007
Ivy, May the love of God strenghten and keep you and your family in this time of sorrow. God made a decision just know that this was best. May the peace of God, ease the pains of your lost and bring forward all the wonderful memories of this loved one. Rest on Deborah for your job was well done and you touched the hearts of many.
Deborah Fields-Houston
June 20, 2007
To Deborah's children, it was a great pleasure to work with your mother and to know her. I am sure you were a comfort to her during her illness. All of those who worked with her were thinking of her and praying for her.
Johanna Williams
June 20, 2007
I am blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such a bright, energetic and wonderful person. May the good memories comfort family and loved ones.
Seth Kolodny
June 20, 2007
I will miss you dearly and I will always remember how you helped my students.
Diane Smart
June 20, 2007
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Cynthia Glover
June 20, 2007
My heart felt sympathy goes out the family and friends of a very sweet young lady that I had the pleasure of befriending. May God Bless and keep each of you.
Vanessa Crawford
June 20, 2007
God's word tells us that "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed".We shall see Debbie again.Trust in the Lord;He'll make a way.Weeping may endure for a night,but joy will come at the sound of the last trump.
Barbara Temple Mack
June 20, 2007
Debbie, my heart is very heavy right now. I have known you all of the years that I have been on earth. You and my cousin Sharon were like 2 peas in a pod, I have never met 2 friends like you two that go through rough times, good times, rough times, good times and remain Best friends. I know that Sharon will miss you, she Loves you, but God Loves you BEST. To her baby girl, and Armad, Mrs. Ransom and the other family " Earth hath no sorrow that HEAVEN cannot heal. May God be with you during this time of trials. God Got A GOOD ONE!
diane davis-mikell
June 20, 2007
Thank you for always having words of encouragement and praise. Your never-ending energy and sense of presence will be missed.
Lara Hermance
June 20, 2007
Deborah will be missed by all who encountered her loving personality. She was a wonderful teacher and always had her students and their parents in mind. May God continue to be with the family as I know he has been from the beginning.
Chequeta Nails Riles
June 20, 2007
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Kathleen Mahoney
June 20, 2007
You will truly be missed by all the lives you've touched with your kindness and great sense of humor. You cared about your students in making sure they had all the equipment they needed to enhance their education. I send my sincere condolence to your family.
Bernice Chisholm-Murray
June 19, 2007
My prayers are with you in your time of grief. I know God's grace will be sfficient in this hour of your greatest need. Many blessings.

Margaret Hart Williams
June 18, 2007
Thank you for always having encouraging words of wisdom and for believing in me when I did not believe in myself. You continually challenged me to reach my fullest potential.

Being a true advocate for all students, you were a constant reminder that the children are our primary focus. I am eternally grateful. My mentor, my counselor, my advisor, and my friend, you will truly be missed.
Kimberly Rayford David
June 18, 2007
Debra Bacon
June 18, 2007
To Debrorah's family:
I will always remember Ransom as a veteran teacher with her own unique outlook on our profession. She did everything with gusto, whether it was her morning position on bus duty or as the lead teacher for the Mentor/Mentee program. Ransom was a social butterfly who loved entertaining others. She would be first in line volunteering to provide refreshments for any gathering. True to herself, Debra never held back when it was time for her to express her opinion. But it was her gift of humor rivaling any stand-up comedian that mended fences. She knew how to interject humor into any situation and keep the staff entertained.
This school term she has been sorely missed at Gould. My prayer was always for her recovery. Yes, she will truly be missed.
Ms. Ivy, my prayer now is that you will remind strong in the power of God's love.
Letha Moore, PSI Teacher Gould Elemeentary
June 18, 2007
I will miss your smiling face and your sense of humor. I know you are in heaven making everyone laugh. My prayers are with your family.

Susan Elmore
susan elmore
June 17, 2007
We will miss you very much.
Angie Rice
June 17, 2007
My heart and prayers are with your entire family- Thank you for some wonderful memories!
Mary Esther Hartley
June 17, 2007
Mary Esther Hartley
June 17, 2007
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