Mrs. Deborah Cox Horne

06/18/1948 - 09/07/2023


Mrs. Deborah Cox Horne, age 75, of South Hill, Virginia, passed away on September 7, 2023, after an illness. During this time her husband was her caregiver. His devotion and loving kindness to Deborah was his greatest priority and pleasure. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Earl Oliver Horne of South Hill, Virginia; her two children: Ashleigh Horne Zincone and her husband Scott Zincone of South Hill and John Oliver Horne and his wife Lesley Horne of Clarksville, Virginia; her four grandchildren Emily Zincone, Justin Zincone, James Horne and Lydia Horne. Deborah was predeceased by her parents, David and Hazel Cox and her sister, Sue Cox Moore. Deborah was born on June 18, 1948, in Richlands, North Carolina. After Deborah completed her secondary education at Richlands High School she attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she was proud of being in the first graduating class. Deborah obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. She started her teaching career in Wilmington, North Carolina. Later, she taught at South Hill Elementary for 35 years. Deborah exhibited a passion for teaching. This was evident in the knowledge she displayed of her subject matter, plus her dedication to each student’s success. In 1964 Deborah and Earl met at Richlands High School. They were truly high school sweethearts. The couple proceeded to have a fairy tale love affair that lasted their entire marriage. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory in South Hill, Virginia on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. in the chapel with visitation following the service. On Monday September 11, 2023 interment will take place at 11:00 A.M. in the Wright-Horne Cemetery located at 314 Cedar Fork Road, Beullaville, North Carolina 28518. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to VCU Health Home Health & Hospice, 300 East Ferrell Street, South Hill, VA 23970. Online condolences may be made through our website, Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Horne family.

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  1. With deepest sympathy

    Earl and family-

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. I’m praying you will find comfort in the many beautiful memories you shared.


    Evelyn Bunn

  2. With Love

    So glad that Mary Jo and I had the good fortune to visit with you and Deborah and you Earl at you lovely home five years ago. What fun! We send our love and prayers. Find comfort in all of your sweet memories and knowing that you were there with Deborah through this tragic health issue. Hugh

  3. By Dianne Koonce Horne

    Earl, Ashleigh, John, and family, Sending you our love and deepest sympathy in every way. Deborah was truly beautiful, inside and out. Heaven has gained a new angel, how wonderful she must be. We have recalled so many memories of growing up, and living across the road from the Coxes. Mother (Janice) was 16 years old when Deborah was born, she will always be family to us. We love you. Janice Bell Koonce, Dwight and Dianne Horne

  4. Earl and family I was so saddened to hear of Deborah’s passing. I spent many hours at her home as a child growing up and we went to church together also. She always had a special pls e in my heart. The heavens have gained another angel. I will pray for your family. I married Kenny Horne who grew up with you. We just buried his brother Sam yesterday at the same cemetery. Ann and Kenny Horne

  5. Deborah was a beautiful sweet lady. I had the privilege of attending high school with her. Unfortunately I did not meet her until 9th grade as I was new to the school. My condolences to Earl and family. Heaven as welcome gained a beautiful soul.

  6. Heaven has gained a beautiful soul

    I was privileged to go to Richlands High School with Deborah. She was beautiful from childhood and her sweet smile and kind personality made me think that, if possible, she was even more beautiful inside. I am praying that warm memories will help carry Earl and all who mourn the loss of Deborah through this hard time.

  7. To a Friend and Classmate

    I was privileged to have known Deborah for a few years. We were members of Richlands (NC) First Christian Church and we attended Richlands High School, graduating in the Class of 1966. She was a friend to all. Deborah blessed everyone in her presence with her positive and pleasant attitude. Certainly she lived her entire life that way. Sincere condolences to Earl and to Ashleigh and John and to all Deborah’s family and friends. May God continue to give you his peace and comfort.

  8. Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you during and after this difficult time. May time help you with your grief. She will always be in your Hearts. God Bless you all and May Deborah, Rest In Peace. 🙏🫂❤️😘
    Love and Prayers,
    Joanne More and Family

  9. Condolences from Richlands

    Deborah and I were classmates at Richlands High School in Richlands, NC, as well as, members of First Christian Church. Growing up with her was a joy. She always had that beautiful loving smile. My condolences to Earl and his family! You are in our prayers!

  10. What great memories

    I am deeply saddened for you all with the loss of Deborah.

    She was truly not only fun to talk with but kind in all she said. I enjoyed each interaction we had together. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.

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