Debra Jean Moorehead

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Debra Jean Moorehead, “DJ” a beloved member of the Columbus community, peacefully passed away on February 7, 2024. She was born on December 7, 1954, in Columbus, Ohio, to the late Joe L. Moorehead Sr., and Lois E. Moorehead.

Debra was a dedicated and hardworking individual, having spent many years as an administrative assistant for the Ohio History Connection. Her commitment to her work was commendable, even during her illness, as she would bring her computer to chemotherapy sessions to continue contributing to her role.

Debra’s faith played a significant role in her life, having been a devoted member of Triedstone Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Jerome H. Ross. before finding her forever church home at First Church of God, where she served for over 25 years. She had a deep admiration for Bishop and Lady Clarke, and her presence in the back section of the sanctuary was a constant reminder of her unwavering commitment to her faith.

Known for her love of playing cards, Debra “DJ” often spent her evenings at Smokin’ Ace or Columbus Whist Players Society, enjoying the company of fellow card enthusiasts. Her passion for card games brought joy to her life, and she had plans to invite some members to her brother Joe’s home for a friendly gathering. Unfortunately, this wish remained unfulfilled.

Family meant everything to Debra, and she cherished every opportunity to gather with her family. One of the main events was Christmas breakfast. The family would spend Christmas Eve at Joe’s home and wake up to a full breakfast, which included everything from homemade waffles to fried potatoes and onions, all prepared by Debra. Joe knew to stay clear of the kitchen, until she was done creating her signature breakfast. Debra was always the organizing force behind these special moments. Her presence and attention to detail will be greatly missed by all.

After the death of her mother in 2010, Debra became the matriarch of the family in more ways than one. As the years passed, her personality became more and more like her mother, whose nickname was “Lucy.” In fact, it had gotten to the point that many times the family would say, “Lord, you are acting just like “Lucy.”

Debra is exceeded in death by her parents Joe L. Moorehead Sr. and Lois E. Moorehead. Although our hearts are shattered, we rejoice in the victory she gained on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, for to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord. Her memory will forever remain with her loving Daughter Keisha (Kevin) Moorehead who did an amazing job loving, and supporting her mother during her illness, her brother and constant companion Joe L. Moorehead Jr, who never missed a medical appointment, who set with her for every chemo and radiation visit and took her into his home to ensure she had the care she needed. Her Sister Sherry (Chad) Robinson, who was also so hands on and made sure she had amazing cakes and other meals to meet her taste desires. The apples of her eye were her two grandchildren, Omari G. Edwards, and Karis E. Seals. Her loving Stepmother Ann Moorehead who gave such support, and encouragement. Her nephews Geoffrey (Tiffany) Moorehead and Kelly (Ashley) Smith. Uncles John Greenway, Robert Moorehead and Bishop Edward (Rose) Shouse, her bonus son William“Bill” Wilson,other great nieces and nephews, cousins' relatives, and friends. Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts!

Visitation 6:00 PM and Funeral Service 7:00 PM Friday, February 16, 2024 at First Church of God, 3480 Refugee Road. Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Saturday, February 17, 2024 12:00 Noon Leaving East Chapel of Peace. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Condolence Messages

  1. Charmel Burton Carter

    Condolences to the families

    • I have known Joe and Debra for many years and my heart goes out to Joe and the family. Debra always had a positive attitude and loved her family. She had a vibrant personality. Debra will be missed. My love and prayers are with the family.

  2. I’m deeply sorry to hear about the loss of DJ. Please accept my heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. Losing a loved one is never easy, and DJ will be truly missed. May cherished memories bring comfort and peace to you and your family as you navigate through this sorrowful time.
    CWPS, President

  3. Pamela Chambers Day

    My condolences to the Mooreheaf family

  4. Bishop Jerome H, Patrica Ross and family

    Our sincere prayers and condolences to our forever friend Joe Morehead and the entire family of Debra.
    We are family and our hearts are saddened at the passing of Debra. But we know that she is peacefully at rest and safe in the arms of Jesus.
    A life well lived!!

  5. To the Entire Family and friends of one so loved, and respected thru the yesrs I would see this Queen who always smiled, positive and down to earth our conversation were in lengths as we remember the good old days and would talk about the present days with laughter and jokes, her and her brother were always close, in harmony. I pray for comfort and for God to mend the broken hearted. Treasure all memories

  6. Veronica Thornton

    My Condolences to Joe and family Debbie was one of my child hood friends She was a great person and will be truly missed Joe praying your strength love you

  7. Joe so sorry to hear of the loss of Debra. My sincerest heartfelt love and condolences to you and your family. May God continue to comfort you at this time. With Love, “Aunt Mary”.

  8. Chris and Valerie Washington

    Romans 12:15 kjv “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”
    Joe, Our hearts go out to you in this time of mourning. We pray that God’s Divine Holy Spirit rest upon your heart and the heart of your family members in the days/months to come. We give you our love and prayers in Jesus’s Precious Name

  9. My condolences Joe words cannot express the lost of someone you love ❤️ Jehovah has promised we will see are love ones again and live forever and God does not lie.

  10. Joe,
    So sorry to hear about the passing of your sister. May her memory forever live on in stories, laughter and the love you shared. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  11. Roschelle Richardson

    You have provided care and comfort to countless families and I pray it comes back to you and your family 100 fold in your time of grief.

  12. Bishop Edward E. Shouse

    I am missing my Niece, she will always be in my heart, praying for the family…

    Love and Prayers.

    Uncle Eddie

  13. Bishop Edward E. Shouse

    My precious Niece, she will always be in my heart, praying for the family…

    Love and Prayers.

    Uncle Eddie

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