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Deborah (Burr) May

June 30, 1953 ~ August 30, 2018 (age 65)

Deborah “Debbie” Burr May, 65 years old of Winston-Salem, North Carolina passed away in the early hours of August 30, 2018 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after a hard-fought battle with cancer. 

Debbie was born in Charlottesville, VA, on June 30, 1953.  At the age of 2 the family moved to Norfolk, VA and then again to Winston-Salem, NC, in November of 1963. The daughter of a Presbyterian minister and nurturing mother, Debbie grew up active in the church and has always shared her father’s faithful outlook on life. 

Debbie began high school at Salem Academy and then made a very important move to finish at RJ Reynolds High School, where she met her future husband, Bob May.   Debbie attended Peace College in Raleigh, a proud member of the class of 1973.  Debbie loved her time at Peace College and has remained connected to alumnae. 

After 5 years of dating, Debbie and Bob were married in January of 1976.   Two short years later, Jenny was born. Then in 1980 Chrissy’s birth completed their family of 4.  Debbie was a loving and devoted wife, a super-mom before the term was coined, a homemaker, co-owner of May’s Auto Servicenter, and a friend to many. But all of this pales in comparison to the best job of her life: being Nene to three beautiful grandchildren who have filled her heart with joy over the past 8 years.

Debbie leaves behind her husband, Bob; daughters Jenny Ferguson (Rob) and Chrissy Long (Matt); three adoring grandchildren, Logan (8), Maisie (6) & Jordan (11 mos.); brother Richard Burr (Brooke), nephews Tyler and William Burr; as well as other nephews, niece, cousins and her dearest friends, “Do” and “The Wild Bunch.”  She is preceded in death by her father, David Burr, in 2011 and mother, Martha Burr, in 2004. 

A very special thank you to the 8th floor nursing staff of the Cancer Center ICU at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held at Ardmore United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 8th. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Blvd. Winston-Salem, N.C., 27103.


Donations may be made to:

Wake Forest University Baptist Cancer Center
1 Medical Center Blvd., Winston-Salem NC 27103
Web: http://www.wakehealth.edu


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