Debra Anise Brockett

August 26, 1955 ~ August 21, 2018 (age 62)
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Debra Anise Brockett was the daughter of Shelton and Teddi Brockett. Although she moved and lived in Fayetteville, North Carolina since March, 2015, Deb was a New Yorker through and through, preferring to walk anywhere she wanted or needed to be. The family often joked about how far she could (and has) walked, one time from mid Brooklyn to Queens and to Manhattan. Her grandkids remember her telling them, “If you walk with me, I’ll buy you a soda.” As a teen, Deb attended the High School of Fashion Design and soon after was a gifted seamstress, who liked to sew and make her own clothes. She designed bridal and party dresses for family and friends. Most noted her daughter’s 8 th grade graduation party and her sister-in-law’s wedding. It is ironic that though Deb was a fashion icon in her earlier years, her most comfortable and the outfit she grew to love was a t-shirt and a cap, turned backwards. Deb loved life and lived it every day to the full, taking each day one at a time. She had an unbelievable faith in God even in her most trying of circumstances, always knowing and confessing  God’s got her.” She liked to drink her beer, even desiring that when she dies, her children would place her ashes in a Colt 45 beer bottle. Not much of an eater, she yet enjoyed having her favorite foods liver, onions, rice and gravy; turkey wings, Little Debbie’s cakes and Lorna Doone’s and she loved to barbeque, especially with her family around. Her older nieces and  nephews affectionally nicknamed her Bubba. She often asked to “watch them,” as much as they asked to go to Bubba’s house. As children they loved being around Bubba and she loved having them around. Eventually Bubba caught on to the ones who would come later, as even her grandchildren called her that. Family meant everything to her, (especially in her last days). It was family that she called in her last hours, wanting to speak to each one, one last time, knowing that it was time for her to join her father Shelton, her sister Peanut, her brother Tabu and nephew, Joseph, who all preceded her in death. Debbie was 62 when she left us on August 21 st , just five days short of her 63 rd birthday, August 26th. Deb is survived by her mother Teddi; her daughters, Teshika, Shanika, and Ebony; her son Mark; her grandchildren Manny, Brianna, Angie, Zion and Que; her sisters, Peaches, Liana, Desirae; her brothers, Dana and David; her sister-in law Cheryl; her brothers-in-law Jeff, Boo and Joe; her nieces Sherrell, Brandi, Kelly, Jasmine, Melissa, Tina and Tanya; her nephews Michael, Tyrone, Anthony and Mark. It’s hard to say goodbye and we wish that we had more time. We also wish that so much of her life had not been lost to her illness, that things could have been different for her, and for us. While we know that she is at peace and that her struggles are at an end, we yet still feel deep pain and sadness. But it is also laced with laughter. Because of who she was and how freely she lived her life, Deb left us with a lot of joyful and pleasant memories. Deb has been cremated and her ashes will be spread along the shores of Brooklyn, New York. 

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