Deborah Lynn Tyler was born in Richmond, Virginia on April 12, 1964. She was known to her family and friends as Debbie. She accepted Christ at a very early age and was baptized by Pastor John Bishop Gordon Sr. of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Debbie sang in the choir and was a girl scout. Although she was not an active member of Bethlehem, she did attend Ginter Park United Methodist Church. She attended Richmond Public School and resided in Richmond all her life. Her last job was at Car Pool until she was diagnosed with MS and could no longer walk. She was a force to deal with throughout her life. Growing up you did not have to stand back to figure her out, she wasn’t complicated either she liked you or she didn’t. She didn’t put on airs or try to be more than who she was. Debbie fought often growing up, she probably fought half of Church Hill. Debbie was a true ride-or-die friend but she would call you out when you were wrong. One of her most memorable sayings was “I’m going to live my life and I don’t care what people say about me” and she did, to the fullest! MS may have controlled her legs from moving but it did not limit her from being who she always was. Debbie was a fearless risk-taker all of her life. She was not a shy person; she made up her own mind and she set her own limits. Even in a wheelchair she still said and did what she wanted. Debbie loved to dance, nothing could stop her from being at an event. Many tried but no one succeeded. GOD has taken you to an event that is by invitation only. Enjoy, you will forever be in our hearts
Debbie is preceded in death by her parents, Roger L. Higgs (father) and Vivian Y. Tyler (mother), stepfather (James). She leaves to cherish her memory beloved husband & best friend, Gregory Jones; four children, D’Andre Tyler, devoted daughter, Alicia Adams (Charles) of North Carolina, Tawanna Tyler (Marcus), Tamika Tyler, and stepson, Cornelius Seward; grandchildren, Marquis, Na’Quan; devoted granddaughter, Ikeera (pancake), Ty’Shawn, Cuyree, Brooklyn and Marcus (MJ); siblings, Roger Tyler (Glynis), Darryl Tyler (Charlene), Margo Dandridge (Michael), Donna Tyler-Miller (Terrain), Godfrey Higgs, Caroline Higgs Young, Laleta Higgs Fritz, Rogerena Higgs, Mazie Higgs; one brother-in-law, Corinthian Jones; and one sister-in-law, Exonia Jones (Marco); devoted niece, Jasmyne Fife; and host of nieces, nephews and friends.