In Loving

Deborah Lynn Tyler

April 12, 1964 – March 23, 2021

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.

Memorial Service


Affinity Funeral Service- Richmond Chapel

2720 Enterprise Parkway

Richmond, VA 23294


Saturday, April 3, 2021


11:00 a.m.

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  1. Randy Battle April 1, 2021 at 10:36 am - Reply

    I will miss my dear sister so much. When she lived with me we use to laugh at my little self trying to get her wheel chair up the porch. Wow.

  2. Tawanna April 1, 2021 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Ma I will forever miss u. Rest well no more pain

  3. Donna Tyler-Miller April 2, 2021 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    My Sister, I will miss talking to you every week, laying you out about being around people, preparing you tasty treats and seafood salad and just laughing about everything. May you rest and be in pain no more. Have fun with Ma and Pockets. I will kiss your 4 legged nephew for you. I love you Debbie forever!
    ~Baby Sis, Chelle

  4. D'Andre (Neek) Tyler April 3, 2021 at 12:25 am - Reply

    From your oldest in only son it hurts not hearing u and Alicia calling me on 3way tripping together. No one understood the relationship me in had but we understood the relationship we had and the bond between a mom in her son would never be broken. Seeing ur number pop up on my phone to check up on me showed the love u had for me rather good or bad I appreciate GOD for giving u the strength that u had to be strong with ur condition ma imma miss u grandma n pops(pockets)
    Sleep In Peace Ma ?????

  5. Tim April 3, 2021 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Rest in God’s Kingdom Aunt Debbie. My deepest condolences and prayers are with all my family and loved ones. I love you all!

  6. Tamika Tyler March 28, 2023 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Love you Mom I miss you so much.

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