Deborah Kay Benz

deborah benz

August 21, 1954 ~ November 5, 2016

Resided in: Austell, GA

Deborah K. “Debbie” Benz of Austell, Georgia, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2016, after an extended illness. Debbie was preceded in death by her husband, William Dalton Manning. She is survived by her loving sisters and brothers-in-law: Mr. & Mrs. Levi Donna Hackney, Mr. & Mrs. Tony Julia Peace, and Mr. & Mrs. Phil Stacy Burger; and her brother, William Peacock. Other survivors include her nieces: Jennifer Hackney, Mr. & Mrs. Jordan Lucy Phillips, and Katy Burger; and nephews: Mr. & Mrs. Lee Hackney, Evan Hackney, and Mitch Burger; grandnieces and grandnephew: Roya Hackney, Brooklyn Hackney, Cash Hackney, Sophie Phillips, and Esther Jane Phillips. She is also survived by her best friends of many, many years Dottie Blackmon and Pat Jones. Debbie was an amazing sister and aunt who demonstrated an intense love of family. Expressing herself with great joy to all who knew her, she was a positive influence on everyone who crossed her path. Debbie’s glass was never half full – it was overflowing. She was the embodiment of joy, love, generosity and tenacity all wound into one beautiful soul. The lessons she taught her siblings and her nieces and nephews are priceless gems that each of them will cherish always. She was an accomplished professional, having successful careers with IBM, Tascor, and, most recently, Morgan Stanley. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 3:00p.m., at Austell Presbyterian Church, 5895 Love Street, Austell, Georgia. A visitation reception will be held immediately following in the Conyers Building Fellowship Hall at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Debbie’s memory to Austell Presbyterian Church, Pawsitive Supporters, or Cobb County Animal Control.

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  1. Tina says:

    May you find comfort from the words found in God’s Word,the Bible,during this difficult time. My sincere condolences to the family.
    John 11:11 Isaiah 26:19 Rev.21:4

  2. Ron Welch says:

    Donna, Julia, and Stacy… so sorry for your loss.


  3. Dottie Blackmon says:

    I met Debbie about 30 years ago. We had a great working relationship at the office but more importantly, we became immediate friends and have been ever since. And with another dear friend of ours, Pat Jones, we were a bit like ‘3 musketeers’ spending time together; sometimes maybe the ‘3 stooges’. Whether indulging our love of yard sales, or trips to Las Vegas & other casinos, or celebrating birthdays & holidays, or having dinner at Debbie’s favorite restaurant, or just hanging out, there was always laughter. And when there were times of personal challenge, our friendship provided comfort.

    Debbie and her husband Bill, and her sisters Stacy, Donna, Julia and their husbands and kids always treated me as family. And that’s how I have and always will feel about Debbie and her family.

    There was no pretense about Debbie. She was a kind spirit and a wonderful, loving friend and I will miss her. A friend said today that “a light has gone out in our lives” and that is how it feels.

  4. Steven A Kosmala says:

    Julia, So sorry to hear. I remember meeting your sister those many years ago and I can’t imagine your sadness. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Steve Corder says:

    The world has an “empty spot” on Debbie’s passing. I am happy her suffering is over. I will miss our friendship, association and business relationship over the years. She was indeed a special person.

  6. Lucinda Raymond says:

    What a wonderful friend! I’m so glad to have had such happy memories shared with her….and she will forever be missed.

  7. Dick Christy says:

    So sorry to hear of Debbie’s death…she was a good friend from the “good old days”.
    Dick & Gayle

  8. Teddie & Keith Reichenbach says:

    Dear Julia, Stacy, Donna & Bill,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Debbie brightened many days for me at IBM. She was truly a beautiful person with a great smile and always had time for others. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. May your faith in God bring you comfort, peace and hope. May the wonderful memories of Debbie sustain you.
    Teddie & Keith Reichenbach

  9. Bill A. Allen says:

    So sorry to just find out about Debbie’s passing. We spent many good years working together at IBM that are filled with fond memories. Debbie was always a pleasure to work with, always positive and upbeat. The world is a better place because she was here. We will all miss her. Where she is we will all be someday. There are joyous reunions yet to come!

  10. Pat Jones says:

    Missing you is just the beginning.

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