Debra "Debbie" Ann Barthol


Debbie was born in Center, Texas February 27, 1951 to John and Maxine Pate.  She started school at Valley View Elementary in Longview, Texas and graduated from Center High School in 1969.  Following graduation, she attended Panola Jr. College and then graduated with her Bachelors Degree from Stephen F. Austin University.

Debbie met the love of her life, Dwaine Barthol, and married him in 1970.  Debbie and Dwaine lived in Nacogdoches at that time.  Later, they moved to Hughes Springs in 1980 when Lone Star Steel was booming.  Hughes Springs became their home and where they raised their daughters, Brooke and Brandi.

Eventually Debbie went back to college in Commerce and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education.  She began her career as an Educator in August of 1989 at Hughes Springs Elementary School.  While there, she worked as an Interventionist and Certified Dyslexia Instructor.  She served and touched the hearts of many students, parents, and educators in her journey.  She retired from Hughes Springs ISD in May of 2016.

Debbie has been a faithful Christian her entire life.  She was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for several years and attended Bible Study faithfully.

Debbie was an avid reader and full of wisdom.  Most of all, she was her grandchildren's biggest prayer warrior, supporter, and fan.  She attended as many events as possible.  She had her lawn chair, ball bag, and concession money ready to go at all times.  She cherished her family and time together.  

After receiving Debbie's diagnosis of Glioblastoma, terminal brain tumors, family and friends were able to care for and love her until Jesus called her home.  She was a selfless, God loving wife, daughter, mother, sister, and nana.

She leaves to cherish her wonderful memories: her daughters and sons-in-law, Brooke and William Dannelley and Brandi and Nick Smith; sister and brother-in-law, Janet and John Blake; grandchildren, Landon, Dawson and Tessa Dannelley, and Tyler and Avery Smith.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Dwaine Barthol and her parents.

Services for Debbie Barthol will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 10,2022 at First Baptist Church in Hughes Springs.  Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs.  She passed away Sunday, March 6, 2022.

Family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, March 9, 2022 at Reeder-Davis Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cross Roads Missionary Baptist Church Youth or Building Fund or Heart to Heart Hospice.


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  1. Debbie was such a sweet person and will be sorely missed until we see her again. Our prayers will continue for Brooke, Brandi and her grandbabies.

  2. CONDOLENCES to all the family and friends !! I have been praying for her and will continue to pray for the family. Debbie was a really sweet lady. I know she will be missed by many. May God be with you all.

  3. I didn't really know Debbie but I do remember her from ball games and seeing her at school. I want to extend my sincere condolences to Brooke, and all of the family. God bless you all.

  4. We are so very sorry. Glad we were able to know Debbie thru our church.We will miss her. Brandi and Brooke, we are praying for you and all of the family.

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these difficult times.
    Though she will be dearly missed by her family and everyone who knew her, you can find peace in knowing she will once again be reunited with the love of her life and her parents.

  6. I have been blessed to know Debbie for many years & watch our children grow up together. She truly was one of the sweetest Christian women I have ever known. Keeping the girls, grandkids & family in prayer. See you later, Debbie. 💗

  7. Prayers for Brooke and Brandi and family during this time of loss. May you experience God's peace today and throughout the days to come.

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