Deborah Price Hockenbury, 68, volunteered with Wilmington Residential Facility for Women

WILMINGTON — Deborah Price Hockenbury, 68, born March 14, 1953, went to be with her heavenly Father Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Her legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of the friends and family whose lives she touched so deeply.

Deborah was a graduate of James Sprunt Community College’s Associate Nursing Degree program. She worked for many years as a registered nurse caring for the sick and injured at various nursing homes and at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Her Christian ministries included, for 20 years, holding regular weekly services with husband Jay at local nursing homes, organizing home prayer meetings and volunteering at the Wilmington Residential Facility for Women.

Deborah had many talents, including making beaded jewelry, needlepoint, handmade corsages and short story writing, but of all her talents, singing, song writing and playing the piano and the guitar were by far her favorites. She sang in church choirs and performed solos. She even made a secular professional studio recording “Hard Driving Woman” under her stage name, “D.J. Price.” Her Christian recording is entitled “King of Kings.” Deborah loved to travel, visit consignment and thrift stores, and performed comedy skits in her comic character, “Miss Debbie” from Atlanta.

Deborah was a devout Christian who never met a stranger. She never missed an opportunity to witness to others through kindness and love. Deborah followed Christ’s great command to “Love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul, and mind and to love thy neighbor as thyself.” Matthew 22:37-39.

Lord, please help us to follow her example.

Her smile and laughter always filled the room with joy, and that leaves a void that will truly be missed. She is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, retired Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Jay D. Hockenbury; daughter, Cara Light, and her husband, Timothy; two granddaughters, Sierra Britt, and her husband, Nicholas, and Scarlett Owen; two brothers, Hank Price, and his wife, Barbara, and Jim Price, and his wife, Jane; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the family plot at Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Drive, Wilmington, Thursday, May 6, with visitation at 10:30 a.m. prior to the service at 11 a.m., led by Pastors Gary and Cicie Blazer of Believers Destiny Church. Serving as pallbearers are Timothy Light, Nicholas Britt, Jeffrey Todd, Jimmy Aaron, Jim Price and Hank Price. Please wear masks and follow spacing guidelines.

The family would like to extend a special thank you with much appreciation to the staffs of Brookdale of Wilmington and Liberty Hospice.

Contributions may be made as a memorial to Deborah to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Share online condolences with the family at Coble Funeral and Cremation Service at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

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