Laura Ann Debrough

Sunrise: October 21, 1946

Sunset: November 15, 2020

Pastor Laura Ann Debrough entered into heavenly rest on Sunday, November 15, 2020 in Sentara Norfolk General
Hospital.  She was born on October 21, 1946 to the late Thomas Parker and Okie Pope.

She graduated from I. C. Norcom High School, Portsmouth, received her nursing degree from Tidewater Community College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Theology from International Christian University Holy Light College of  Bible.  She was the Pastor at St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church, Portsmouth and founder of The Gospel Persuaders.  She was a nurse at Sentara Norfolk General, Maryview Medical Center, and Portsmouth General Hospital.

 She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, attending gospel programs, knitting, sewing, singing, traveling and taking care of others until her health began to fail.  She also enjoyed watching old and western movies, games and cooking shows.     

 She was preceded in death by her parents Thomas Parker and Okie Johniken; husband William T. Debrough, Jr.; brothers Roosevelt and Bernard Parker; sisters Gladys Riddick and Cheryl Parker. 

She is survived by her children, Joseph Waddler, Jr. (Denise),  Denise Bullock (David), Lorraine Washington (Tyrone) , Darrell Waddler (Annette), Doretha Coggins (Keith), Marlena Debrough, William Debrough, III (Carla), Melody Debrough, Mike Smith (Tara), and Godson Donte Moore, Sr.; brothers James, Ruben, Charles, and Edward Parker, Anthony Pope, Christopher Johniken (Tammy) and sister Edna Brown (Michael); grandchildren, great-grandchildren, in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, best friend Jean Burgess, and church family and friends.

Viewing Thursday, November 19, 2020 2:00pm - 6:0pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Friday, November 20, 2020 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Barbara Cross says

    Family, I was sorry to hear about the passing of Laura Ann. She was a Solider for the LORD, a Virtuous Woman, a great Mother, grandmother, etc.
    She is where Jesus is now.
    You have my sincere condolences and prayers, and though your hearts are broken right now, lean on your saviour
    (Jesus Christ), He will take care of you.

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    Howard Manning says

    To Brother Christopher Johniken and family,
    The Brothers of Nu Gamma Alpha Fraternity Inc. extend our sincere condolences and sympathy to you during your time of loss. The loss of a loved one is never easy, but know that we share your sorrow and burdens. We hope you will find comfort in the words of John from Revelation 21:4.
    NGA National Secretary Howard Manning

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    Joyce l Clark Copeland says

    It is with heartfelt sympathy during the passing of Mrs Laura. She is and will always be remembered. The Clark Wright & Copeland Families. Amen

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    Johnson Family Choir says

    The Johnson Family Choir (Richmond, VA) is very sad to learn of Pastor Debrough’s passing. We will miss celebrating Family and Friends Day with the Golden Trumpets, the Gospel Persuaders, and other groups. We will continue to pray for her family and her church family.

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    Lorraine and Tyrone says

    Mom words can not express the pain we felt the day you left us and entered into heavenly rest. You were the rock of the family. Our world has been turned upside down but we know you are in peace, free of pain, and in the arms of the Lord. Rest on mom. You ran a good race and fought a good fight. We know you are still with us in spirit, watching over us, singing in the heavenly choir and preaching a good sermon. We love and miss you so much but feels comfort knowing you are in heaven.

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    Linda Vacca says

    Lorraine and Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy. Your friends at Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, N3.

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    Linares Harris says

    Apostle Linares and Dr. Serena Harris and Holy Temple UCI, Send our deepest love to the family. Pastor Laura is resting in the arms of Jesus.

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    Kadisha graham aka poochie says

    I wanna say to the family that im very sorry for your loss. All that i can say is i will miss her so much. She been there for me and my children .never a day or night i couldnt call her and what i need to do for them when they are sick or just a simple question..she was there for me and my 3 chikdren. I love and will miss her.

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    Kathlyn & Wayman Lyon says

    To the family. My husband and I were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Pastor Laura Ann. When I think of her I think of the song Heaven Waits for Me. I can envision her getting her wings and walking through Heavens gates; meeting her savior and the ones gone before her. Just keep your hands in the saviors hand and one day we are all going to meet and be together again. Out thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    Barbara Cuffee says

    My sister who I TRULY LOVED!! To the family, I pray that you keep your hand in God’s hand. I am praying for each of you.

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    Deja Hill says

    My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of Mrs. Debrough. Such a sweet spirited person and a God fearing woman. Many the family find peace in knowing that she is now resting in the arms of Jesus.

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