Deborah Ann Perkins was the seventh child of eleven, born to the late Myrtle Lorraine Perkins and Otis Schaffer Perkins, on April 7th, 1955. Deborah, affectionately known to her family and friends as Debbie, received her early education at J.H.S 218 (James P. Sinnott School) and later graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, New York. Debbie eventually worked with the City of New York through the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), where she gained a new family of friends who were blessed to share in her laughter, generosity, kindness, sassiness, and no-nonsense approach to life. This was who she was and how she will always be remembered.
Debbie had a pure Heart of Gold, and anyone who knew her, learned right off the back that she loved her family and embraced her friends. The love she shared was direct, truthful, and unwavering. In her early years, she met Butch Carter (Lawrence), who became the love of her life and their union brought forth one of the most curious, and rambunctious little red head boys that you will ever meet – Kyreen Carter. At a very early age, Ky embodied the intelligence, character, stubbornness, and clever tongue of both his parents and just like Debbie – his relationships were meaningful.
Debbie had the kind of magnetic personality that drew people towards her naturally, but she was very discerning in her reciprocity. This is a characteristic she learned from having the comfort of a large family and early understanding of life’s challenges. She was a mentor and was mentored by a few people along the way, but none was more impactful in her journey than her adopted mother Dorothy Bonds “Mrs. Dot”, who she lovingly referred to as Mom. Debbie became an instant part of Mrs. Dot’s family and she was embraced as a daughter and sister within in the family.
Debbie was preceded in death by her siblings – Sandra Holts; Arthur & Louis Perkins; Otis Perkins; Robert Perkins; Steven Perkins; Calvin Perkins; and Linda White.
Debbie now leaves to cherish in her memory – her legacy Kyreen Carter and his father Butch Carter; sister Denise Jean Perkins (Niece) with whom she shared an extremely special and loving relationship; her brothers who she loved relentlessly Orlando John Perkins (Lando), and Randall Scott Perkins (Randy); 5 sisters-in law; 2 brothers-in law; and her adopted family Dorothy, Cynthia, and Eric Bonds; her partner her partner for thirty- three years, Windsor Lewis (Lou); and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, family members, and dear friends.
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