02/15/10 — DEBBIE LEWIS

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Died Feb. 12, 2010

KINSTON -- Debbie Lewis, 56, went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday at Lenoir Memorial Hospital.

The funeral service will be held at Howard-Carter Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Tuesday with a private burial afterwards.

Diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in October 2009, she fought a brave battle and was always confident that everything was in God's hands and that He had a plan for her. Debbie was a beautiful and intelligent person and a talented artist. She had many interests, which included making jewelry, decorating her home, photography and shopping.

Debbie worked as a coding supervisor for many years at Lenoir Memorial Hospital until her retirement in 2008.

Debbie will be greatly missed by her family, which includes her husband, Jim of Kinston; her son, Brian Croom and wife, Mandy, of Kinston; and daughter, Heather Matter and husband, Greg, of Hendersonville.

She loved to spoil her grandchildren, Brannigan, Mattison, Haley, Aubrey Croom and Maren Matter, and they were the light of her life.

Parents are Samuel "Tom" and Peggy Thornton and brothers are Gary Thornton of Kinston, Steve and wife, Glynda Thornton, of Winterville, and sister, Mary Lynn Thornton of Kinston.

Special nieces were Kasi Brooks and husband, Matt, and Alex Thornton all of Winterville, and great-nephew, Wyatt Brooks. Also, father-in-law, Jim Lewis Sr. of Blounts Creek; brother-in-law, Chester Lewis and wife, Brenda; nephew, Matthew Lewis and wife, Megan; and niece, Erin Campbell and husband, Cecil; great-niece Isabelle all of Virginia Beach, Va.

Debbie's best friend and "other sister" was Connie Smith of Kinston.

Debbie loved all animals and left behind three special dogs, Suri, Nemo and Gabriel, and her parrot, Kismet.

The family will receive friends tonight at Howard-Carter Funeral Home in Kinston from 6 to 8, and at other times at the home of Tom and Peggy Thornton, 592 Tyree Road in Kinston.

Howard Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Published in Obituaries on February 15, 2010 1:47 PM