Haywood Peterson Debnam, Jr., age 76, died Friday, May 31, 2019, at his home.
He attended Gupton-Jones University in Dallas, TX and received his Funeral Service License at a very early age. During these hours of studying and training, Haywood learned the true meaning of hard work and sacrifice. In 1974, he remodeled the house that his great grandfather had built in the late 1800's, made it a funeral home and established Debnam Funeral Home where he served as funeral director, embalmer, secretary, grave digger and whatever was needed to make his business work. Because of his work ethics, sacrifices and love for helping others, in 1980, Haywood purchased Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home in Burgaw. Beginning in 1999, he built and became the owner of Quinn-McGowen Funeral Homes in Wallace and Wilmington. He actively operated the business until his health took him into an early retirement.
Haywood is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Ann Lorin Vick Debnam of the home; his daughter Jennifer Augi and husband Rich of Burgaw; his son Christopher Debnam and wife Mary of Watha; grandchildren, Alexandria Augi, Olivia Augi, Eliana Augi, Griffin Debnam and Peterson Debnam; two brothers, a sister and numerous extended family and friends.
Haywood was a devoted husband and loving father, Papa and friend. He loved his family dearly, especially his grandchildren, whom he was so very proud of. No matter how he was feeling, they could always make his beautiful smile appear. With a keen sense of humor and charitable spirit, He was always willing to lend a helping hand. Haywood was a very smart and talented man. When he put his mind to it, there was nothing he could not do. He loved people and never met a stranger. Most of all, Haywood was a man of great integrity and loved the Lord. His word was his bond and you could depend on it. He will surely be missed but treasured memories will forever live in the hearts of those who knew and loved Haywood Debnam.
Graveside funeral service will be 10:00 AM Monday, June 3, 2019, at Riverview Memorial Park, Watha with the Reverend Edward Dowd officiating.
The family will receive friends 4 to 6 PM Sunday, June 2, 2019, at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home, Burgaw Chapel.
Memorial gifts may be given to Hats For Hope, The Charli` Ramsey Hat Drive, 310 N. Rankin St., Atkinson, NC 28421.
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