Deborah Ann "Debbie" Youmans

Born: Sat., Sep. 3, 1955
Died: Mon., Jun. 17, 2013


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Jun. 18, 2013
Location: Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Jun. 19, 2013
Location: Peebles Curry Memorial Chapel

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Deborah Ann "Debbie"  Youmans, age 57, of Swainsboro, GA on Monday, June 17, 2013.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM in the Peebles-Curry Memorial Chapel with Rev. Mark Sweat officiating.

Interment will be in the  Eastbrook Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 5-8 PM

Honorary Escorts will be the Riverquest Staff.

Pallbearers are  Mitchell Powell, Wayne Lowery, Eddie Floyd Jr., Robbie Warnock, Eddie Floyd and Wes Cowart.

Debbie was born in Atlanta, GA, was a  1973 graduate of Swainsboro High School, graduating from East Georgia and Georgia Southern University receiving a bachelors degree in education, and later received a Masters and EDS degree from Troy University.  Debbie was the Director  of  Riverquest Educational Facility and a member of Calvary Methodist Church.  She was preceded in death by her parent, Lamar and Mildred Whitmire Youmans; and grandparents, Paul and Kate McDougal Whitmire and Solomon Jennings and Lillian Adams Youmans.

Survivors include:

Three Sisters: Connie Youmans, Vicki Youmans Way (Johnny) all of Swainsboro, GA and Charlene Lowery of Soperton, GA

Nieces and Nephews: Brandon Youmans (Stacie Scarboro-Youmans) of Swainsboro, GA, Adam Lewis of Dallas, TX, Jason Lewis (Anna) of Statesboro, GA, Tara Lann (Chris) Dublin, GA and Frannie Brantley (Shannon) of Vidalia, GA

Great nieces and nephews: Daisy Youmans, Kaleb Youmans, Dalton Lewis, Hunter Lann, Haygen Brantley, Kayden Brantley and Brogen Brantley.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made payable to Sunshine Fund, to benefit Gnets Riverquest students with educational material and library books, mail to or drop by Queensborough National Bank, 692 South Main St. Swainsboro, GA 30401 or Mail to Riverquest, c/o Barbara Williamson, P O Box 385, Midville, GA  30441

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of  Deborah Ann "Debbie" Youmans of Swainsboro, GA.

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Jeana LaRock
   Posted Mon June 17, 2013

EASEL SPRAY was sent by Chad and Jeana LaRock.

Words cannot adequately express our sorrow. Debbie will live on in loving memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Chad and Jeana LaRock

Connie Collins Wiley
   Posted Mon June 17, 2013
Vicki, I am so sorry to hear of Debbie's death. Please know that we are praying for your family and pray that God will comfort you and help ease the pain. I know it has to hurt to lose your sister. I have been praying for you and Johnny and pray that God will place his healing hand on him. We love you and are praying for you and the family.

Debbie Davis
   Posted Mon June 17, 2013
It was with great sadness that I heard of Debbie's passing today. I worked with her for many years through CSRA RESA and her passion and dedication to the students and staff she served was monumental. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her sisters.

Theresa Kingery Gay
   Posted Tue June 18, 2013
Connie and Vicki - I just received word this morning of Debbie's death - my
heart is broken. I thought so much of her and have enjoyed my time with her
at RiverQuest over the past several years. We will be praying for all of you.
Lora Lee sends her love - you know how much she loved your family - especially those wonderful grandparents. She was so excited to see you three girls at her 70th birthday celebtration last year. My love to all of you.

Rosemary Caddell
   Posted Tue June 18, 2013
I knew Debbie through CSRA RESA. She was a kind and gentle lady and was very dedicated to the children and staff of RiverQuest. I know she will be greatly missed.

Paul Baker
   Posted Tue June 18, 2013
I am sure that I speak on behalf of the other GNETS directors in Georgia, Debbie was an amazing person and so very dedicated to the needs of troubled children and youth. This is a tremendous loss for so many people.
We will miss her smile, unique sense of humor, and willingness to "make things happen".
May God bless Debbie and her surviving family.

Mary Elizabeth Woods (Hall) Lawson
   Posted Tue June 18, 2013
Charlene, Connie and Vicki, my heart goes out to you and your families! What a great friendship Debbie and I developed during the time we worked together at River Quest! She was dedicated to the kids and staff she worked with and was a true friend.

I remember when Debbie and I were asked to help with with a "new name" for the school - (when each of us began working there - it was Ogeechee Psychoeducational Program) - anyway, we worked and tried to come up with something that had meaning for the area and the kids - we finally came up with "River Quest" (River - because we were located in Midville next to the Ogeechee River and Quest - representing children in search of new beginnings). The name was accepted - so the school's name was then changed to River Quest. I share this memory because I think of Debbie as now having moved on just as the river flows - no longer searching for a new beginning because she is now home resting in peace.

I love you my good friend, Debbie Youmans and will ALWAYS hold our memories dear.

Mary Elizabeth Woods (Hall) Lawson

Pat Wolf
   Posted Tue June 18, 2013
I am so very sorry to Debbie's family and to the Riverquest staff and students for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Debbie will be missed very much!

Hayward Cordy
   Posted Tue June 18, 2013
I was saddened to hear of Debbie's passing. I am so happy that I was able to visit with her a few months ago at River Quest. She and I worked closely together during my tenure as Director of River Quest. I so appreciated her love for children and desire to positively impact the lives of children and families.

Chris Briggs
   Posted Tue June 18, 2013
Oh how I will miss having Debbie in our fold. Debbie - a beautiful spirit - a champion for children - a blessing to those who had the chance to know her. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family at home and at Riverquest.

Nina Davis
   Posted Tue June 18, 2013
I was very saddened by the news of Debbies passing. She was an AMAZING person with a GIANT heart for the students as well as the staff of the school. She was a wonderful boss! She will be greatly missed at RiverQuest I am sure as she always had the students best interest at heart! My prayers are with the whole family I send my condolences and apologize for not being able to make the services I am there in heart and soul but I am unable to make the 4 hour trip.

Patsy Kersey
   Posted Tue June 18, 2013
Vickie, I was sadden to hear about Debbie. I know that you have had your hands full with Johnny's illness and now you have to lose a sister so soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you try to cope with loss. May God give you comfort and peace at this time. Just cherish the memories and let God give you peace and understanding.

Patsy and Wayne Kersey

Tim & Judy Garrett
   Posted Wed June 19, 2013
Vicki, we are very sorry to hear about your sister. We know that her passing is very hard, esp. with Johnny's illness and surgery. We hope he is doing better. Just to let you know that we are thinking and praying for you and your family.

MiMi Gudenrath
   Posted Wed June 19, 2013
I had the now treasured opportunity to work with Debbie and her leadership staff at a conference at Epworth By The Sea earlier this month. As always, her focus was on kids and staff and how to make each individual feel included. I remember the first day I met her years ago when she became the Riverquest Director and embraced it for the long haul. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and the Riverquest staff. She was a great advocate for all.....She will be missed.

Renee Sasser
   Posted Tue June 25, 2013
On behalf of the faculty and staff of Blakeney Elementary School, I would like to express our sincere sorrow at the loss of a special woman. Ms. Youmans was a devout advocate for her students. She met with us often on her students and knew them well. She will be greatly missed.