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Deborah "Debbie" (Burge) Humphreys

March 28, 1951 ~ August 2, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old


Deborah “Debbie” Burge Humphreys, 72, of Oak Island, NC formerly of Clendenin, WV passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 following a brief illness.

Debbie was born in Welch, WV on March 28, 1951, and was a daughter of the late Sheilds Russell and Elaine Frye Burge.

Debbie graduated from Gary High School, Gary, WV in 1969, and then earned her baccalaureate degree in Education from West Virginia University in 1973. She began her teaching career as the director of a special needs pre-school in Morgantown WV. Following a move to Clay County, she taught at H. E. White before accepting a job teaching special education in Kanawha County. She taught at Clendenin Elementary School, Elkview Middle School and Herbert Hoover High School. She served her students with an abundance of love (often “tough” love), compassion, and kindness. Debbie was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Clendenin. She was a loyal and dedicated member of WVAFT as well as being a founding member of both the ORTs and Salty Chicks.

Surviving are her husband, Dana Humphreys; a daughter, Emily Cadle; sons, Zachary Humphreys, Joshua Humphreys and wife Amanda; a brother, William “Bill” Burge and wife Pandora; a sister, Barbara Lustic; three grandchildren, Ryder Woods, Celia Humphreys, Aubrey Humphreys; a very special friend, Becky Thomas and her canine fur-babies, Henry and Holly.

A local celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2023 at 5:00 PM, in the Oak Island Veterans Park, (Corner of Yacht Drive and NE 14th Street). A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2023 at 5:00 PM in the First Baptist Church of Clendenin, Clendenin, WV. You are invited to a visitation with the family one hour prior to the service in the church.

The family requests with gratitude that donations be made in her name to the Lower Cape Fear Life Care Center, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC 28422 or or to the McDowell County Humane Society, POB 714, Welch, WV 24801, or

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Celebration of Life Service
August 10, 2023

5:00 PM
Oak Island Veterans Park
Corner of Yacht Drive & NE 14th Street
Oak Island, NC 28465

Time of Visitation
August 17, 2023

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
First Baptist Church of Clendenin
500 Virginia Avenue
Clendenin, WV 25045

Memorial Service
August 17, 2023

5:00 PM
First Baptist Church of Clendenin
500 Virginia Avenue
Clendenin, WV 25045


Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Brunswick House
955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia NC 28422

McDowell County Humane Society
POB 714, Welch WV 24801


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