Debra Star (Annis) Mears

January 20, 1955 ~ January 31, 2024 (age 69) 69 Years Old

Debra Mears Obituary

Mrs. Debra Star “Debbie” Mears, 69, devoted wife, mother, sister, grandma, friend, and neighbor, passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2024 with her family by her side. Born January 20, 1955 in Nassawadox, VA, she was the daughter of the late Earl William Annis, Jr. and Margaret Johnson Annis.

Debbie’s loyalty to her loved ones was unparalleled, a trait that defined her character and was evident in every aspect of her life. Her 48-year career at the Hermitage on the Eastern Shore reflected her dedication, where the residents became extended family through her companionship and genuine concern for all. Having watched her mother suffer with Alzheimer’s, Debbie was a longtime supporter of the Alzheimer's Association through her participation in yearly fundraising and walks. She was a life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #614, Onley, VA and selflessly volunteered her time for any and all chapter functions. Debbie enjoyed playing BINGO, going to the slots, traveling, and could never resist a Saturday yard sale, all of which she and Sam did together. Her kind heart was exceptionally vulnerable when it came to babies, both humans and animals and there wasn’t a stray kitten who showed up at her door that didn’t end up living like royalty. Though we mourn her passing, let us remember Debbie for the love she shared, the lives she touched, and the countless memories that will forever remain in our hearts.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of more than 40 years, Samuel Smith “Sam” Mears, Jr.; sons, Roger Lewis (Rose) and Jamie Lewis; sister, Teresa Johnson; brother, Earl W. Annis III (Justine); grandsons, Josh Lewis (Wimberly), Nicholas Lewis (Anna), Austin Bridges, Skyler Lewis, and Jay Lewis; great-granddaughters, Adrianna and Emma Lewis; and nephews, T.J. Johnson and Matthew Annis and their families. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Ethel Schuster; brothers-in-law, Tommy Mears and his wife, Rita, who was Debbie’s best friend, and Dale Mears (Marilyn); sister-in-law, Lois Burton (Joe); dear friend, Judy “Juju” Zimmer; her caregiver, Mary Scarborough; as well as many other special friends and neighbors, whose support and love will be forever remembered by Debbie’s family. 

Funeral services will be conducted from the chapel of the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 2:00 p.m., with The Reverend Harold E. White, Sr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Liberty Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Contributions in Debbie’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Virginia Chapter, 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23502 (www.alz.org).

Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

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February 3, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Williams-Parksley Funeral Home
25046 Parksley Road
Parksley, VA 23417

Funeral Service
February 3, 2024

2:00 PM
Williams-Parksley Funeral Home
25046 Parksley Road
Parksley, VA 23417

Interment following funeral service
February 3, 2024

Liberty Cemetery
Jones Avenue
Parksley, VA 23421


Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Virginia Chapter
6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk VA 23502
Web: http://www.alz.org


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