July 10, 1959 ~ November 6, 2020

Born in: Elizabethtown, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Debra Lee “Debbie” Williams (Colyer), 61 of Owensboro, went to see our Lord on Friday, November 6, 2020 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. She was born in Elizabethtown, KY on July 10, 1959 to Helena Colyer (Millay) and the late Maxie Colyer.

Debbie absolutely loved to laugh and even more she loved to quilt and embroidery. She loved her children and grandchildren very much, and lived her life focusing on her family. Debra was a talented seamstress and hairdresser.

Aside from her father, Debbie is preceded in death by her brother, David Colyer.

She is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, John D. “J.D.” Williams, Jr.; three sons, Wes McDonald (Anna Taylor), Courtland L. “Cory” Williams, John D. Williams III (Kacee Glenn); a daughter Katherine M. “Kaytee” (Shawn) Brashear; 7 grandchildren, John D. “Jack” Williams IV, Emma Cornwell, Benjamin C. “Ben” Williams, Ayden and Ella Ashford, Charlotte “Charlie” and Abigail “Abbie” Brashear; her mother, Helena Colyer, two brothers Robbie Colyer and Lee Colyer and two sisters Laura Colyer and Lisa Southard.

A Funeral Mass will take place at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Precious Blood Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.

Visitation will take place Monday, November 9,2020 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Haley McGinnis Funeral Home to assist with final expenses, envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.

All who wish to honor and remember Debbie in person at the visitation or funeral is required to wear a mask or face covering while inside the funeral home for the safety of all those in attendance.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mrs. Williams. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Debra Williams and sign her virtual guestbook by going to


Visitation: November 9, 2020 5:00 pm - November 9, 2020 8:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Funeral Mass: November 10, 2020 9:30 am

Precious Blood Catholic Church
3306 Fenmore Street
Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. Remember Debbie always smiling an laughing. Debbie was such a pleasure to b around. Love her an her family. Great people.

  2. Remember Debbie always smiling an laughing. I think she smiled an laughed as much as Maxie. Debbie was such a pleasure to be around. Love her an her family. God Bless

  3. Wes we are so sorry for your loss. We miss you this weekend but ee know you are with us in spirit. We are praying for you and your family.

  4. J.D. – Will and I are so very sorry for your loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  5. JD….I remember the day I met Debbie… beautiful, outgoing, smiling and enjoying the day…. That’s how I’ll remember her.
    I am truly sorry for your loss.

  6. So sorry for your loss! I loved Debbie so very much, we were best friends in high school So sad that we lost touch after graduation in ’77.

  7. J.D.,
    Michelle & I extend our sincere sympathy for your loss. Prayers, thoughts, and support from your work family is extended to you & your family in this time of need.

  8. Laura, Lisa, Helena, and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

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