God chose Sept. 28, 2020, to send His angels for His precious child, Deborah French Traylor, age 69. Celebration began in Heaven with her parents, JoAnne and DeWitt French; grandparents, Elsie and Grover Herren and Vertie and Walker French; uncle, Billy Herren; aunt, Roberta French; cousin, Laurie Herren; numerous relatives and friends, but most of all, her precious Savior, Jesus Christ.
We rejoice in her homegoing, yet grieve with her husband, Joe Bob Traylor; son, Josh; daughter, Amber; and grandson, Elijah. The French Sisters, of which Deb was the oldest, Delores Rush (Dale) and Donna Maner (Sonny), will reunite someday to sing praises to God in Heaven. Her nieces and nephews, Kenneth Rush (Christi), Heather Nash (Joel), Kristina Rush, Heath Brown (Lisa), Haley Lovelady (Clay), Micah Nelson (Scott) and Carla Duncan (Billy), and great-nieces and -nephews, Austin Rush, Dalton Rush, Petty Officer USCG Matthew Edge (Gracie), Seaman USCG Madison Edge, Teron Surrett (Jake), Gaven Bell, Callen Brown, Kyla Brown, Landis Brown, Braxton Lovelady, Chloee Lovelady, Chalee Lovelady, Lidiah Lovelady, Alyvia Lovelady, Oliver Nelson and Sydney Rose Duncan, look forward to her gentle and loving hugs once again. Her love for them can be summed up with Braxton's statement - "She was the most fascinating lady. She always said the most interesting things and told us how "special" we were." She is also lovingly remembered by her aunts, Marvolene Burch and Johnnie New (Jimmy), and uncles, Paul Herren (Linda) and Robert French.
God blessed Deb with so many talents: her love for family and friends could always be felt; her piano playing would soothe the most troubled soul; her voice would make the heavens ring; her tender touch, her sparkling eyes, her generous giving, her hands to create masterpieces from rag rugs, baskets, delicate pastries to other goodies. Her compassion went beyond humanity to her precious little "pugs"- her special one was "Gracie."
Deborah's memorial service was Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Friendship Church, where she and Joe Bob pastored for the past 20 years. Flowers from her yard graced the church, and the sounds of The French Sisters' album could be heard as the gathering of kindred spirits shared "Precious Memories." Heaven's sounding sweeter all the time as we look forward to our reunion with this glorious saint of God.