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Deborah Smith Hamby

July 13, 1954 — January 27, 2024

Deborah "Debbie" Smith Hamby, a beacon of warmth and selflessness, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2024, in Greenville, SC, at the age of 69. Born on July 13, 1954, in Liberty, SC, Debbie was the cherished daughter of Alfred M. Smith and Nell Sargent Smith, who nurtured her kind and generous spirit.

Debbie's life was a testament to the power of love and dedication. She shared a beautiful and enduring partnership with her beloved husband, Dale "Bones" Hamby, whose life was profoundly enriched by her unwavering support and care. Together, they built a home that was the epitome of comfort and hospitality, a reflection of Debbie's role as a homemaker who took pride in maintaining a clean and organized space.

She was the loving sister of Elaine H. Chambers, and the bond they shared was fortified by the love and respect of Elaine's husband, Gary R. Chambers. Debbie's family was the cornerstone of her life, and she cherished every moment she spent with her nieces Alisha Capps and Nikki Chambers. Her joy was multiplied by the laughter and energy of her great nieces Amanda Holcombe, Amber White, J.J. Lawrence, and Drake Bryant. She also held a special place in her heart for her father-in-law, Charles Hamby, remembering fondly her mother-in-law, the late Sue Hamby.

A proud graduate of Liberty High School, Debbie's education laid the foundation for her thoughtful approach to life. Her dedication to her family was evident in the way she cared for Bones, ensuring their home was a sanctuary of love and comfort.

Debbie's interests reflected her vibrant and engaging personality. A fervent sports enthusiast, she was renowned as the #1 fan of the Clemson Tigers, her loyalty and spirit never wavering. Her passion for sports was matched by her love for the Atlanta Braves, and she relished the excitement of each game. Debbie's zest for life extended to her enjoyment of car shows, where she reveled in craftsmanship and camaraderie. The tranquility of working in the yard brought her immense satisfaction, as she found joy in the simple pleasures of nature.

Those who knew Debbie would describe her as the epitome of friendliness, always greeting others with a smile that could light up a room. Her thoughtfulness was evident in her every action, always considering the needs and feelings of those around her. Her selflessness was her hallmark, consistently placing the well-being of her family and friends above her own.

Debbie's impact on her community and the lives of those she touched will be deeply felt and enduring. Her legacy is one of love, kindness, and the gentle strength that she embodied throughout her life. As we mourn her passing, we also celebrate the extraordinary woman she was and the countless ways in which she enriched our world.

A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. Debbie Smith Hamby will be profoundly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her memory will continue to inspire us to live with the same compassion and grace that she demonstrated every day. Though she has left this earth, the echoes of her laughter and the memory of her unwavering support will remain in the hearts of her family, friends, and all who were touched by her generous spirit.

Receiving of family and friends will be held at the Cremation Society of SC- Westville Funerals, 6010 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC, 29611 on Thursday, February 15, 2024, from 12-1 pm. Services will be held at 2 pm. The interment will be private.

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