Debra Ann Ellison

Debra Ann Ellison, age 67, of Calera, Alabama passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. She was known to many family and friends as Ms. Debbie or Aunt Debbie, who was loved by all she met. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Rich; parents, Virgil and Era Dennis Ellison.

Debbie is survived by her brothers, Kenneth “Kenny” Ellison (Rhonda) of Calera, Alabama and Clayton Ellison (Annette) of Bessemer, Alabama; like a sister, Aunt Jo; numerous nieces, nephews, her circle of cherished peeps, and many close friends.

Funeral services for Debbie will be held on Sunday, August 01, 2021 in Charter Funeral Home Chapel at 2 PM, with a time of visitation one hour prior to her service. Burial will follow in the Bryan Memorial Cemetery off of Valleydale Road. In lieu of flowers family request donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, or Charter Funeral Home of Calera, Alabama is handling her arrangements for the family.


  1. Robin on July 29, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    Debbie was very special and loved by so many.
    Hugs and prayers to Kenny and the family.

  2. Susan on July 29, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Debbie was kind to everyone. She was always happy. I remember her and Wayne taking care of JT
    while Kenny and Rhondworked they loved and spoiled him. She was a special woman and will be missed greatly!

  3. Dana Perry on July 29, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

  4. Dana Perry on July 29, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    So sorry for your loss!

  5. Alice Lynn Hunnicutt on July 29, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Extending my deepest & most heartfelt sympathy in the sudden passing of Debbie, & will be praying for peace & comfort now & in the days to come. My path crossed with Debbie because of a man we all admire, Bo Bice. She was a joy to be around & loved by everyone she came in contact with.

    Whenever I must bid farewell to one I’ve treasured, I take comfort in this: Because of the promise of eternal life, we’ll be reunited one day in our heavenly home.

  6. Jenny Cumberland on July 29, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Kenny and family, Clayton and family you are in my heart and prayers. Debbie was a wonderful woman and friend and she will be missed. Much love to you all. Love Jenny and Eddie Cumberland

  7. Rhonda massey jones on July 30, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Debbie. Vickie, Linda and my aunt Sandra use to take me for ice cream so they could talk to boys! I will always remember her laugh and how kind she was always. RIP the Ellison family lost a wonderful soul.

  8. Linda W. Blalock on July 31, 2021 at 11:54 am

    Keith and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the entire Ellison family. It’s hard to lose beloved family members, because your lives will never be the same without them in it. Debbie left a wake of great memories for all of you. Sincerely, The Blalocks

  9. Tammy Ellison Stronsky on July 31, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Rest peaceful my dear cousin and we’ll all be together again someday.

  10. Jane Winslett on August 1, 2021 at 5:12 am

    She was my friend in school I have always love her like a sister than a friend
    I will miss her.


  11. Susan Phelps on August 1, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Debbie you have known me my whole life and I you. You are in the arms of Jesus now. Please watch over us all. We Love you and will miss you so much.

  12. Renee and Dan Galle on August 1, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Debbie was a good listener. She rejoiced with those who rejoiced and cried with those who cried. She was always thoughtful and kind, giving wherever she saw an opportunity. Her wealth of knowledge and insight will be missed. We will remember her with joy and tears. It is good to know that she is part of the cloud of witnesses that cheers us on as we live for our Savior and hers. We will see her soon and bring as many as we can.