Deborah Kay Ashburn Smith

Born on January 21, 1955

Departed on January 2, 2021 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Deborah Kay Ashburn Smith – age 65 passed away January 2, 2021 in Nashville, TN.

Mrs. Smith is preceded in death by her father, Ernest M. Ashburn; brother, Ronald Ashburn and sister, Diane Ashburn.
Survived by her loving husband of 20 years, Harlan D. Smith; son, Derek Brown and his wife, Alex Cappannari; mother, Gladys Ashburn; sister, Dorinda Ashburn and numerous beloved nieces and nephews and other family members.

A graveside service will be held 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens with Bro. Frank Owen officiating.

To view the live streaming service, please visit West Harpeth Funeral Home's Facebook page.

13 Comments to Deborah Kay Ashburn Smith

  1. Diane Bain says:

    Ms Ashburn and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.

  2. Leanda Cross says:

    The Ashburn Family showed me as a child what it meant to love God & your family. Debbie was my best friend since we were 12 yrs old. I thank you for sharing her with me. And I thank Ms Ashburn for driving me to Sunday school all those Sunday’s. It’s because of her that I found Christ as my Savior. I’m soooo sad I can’t be there now.I love you guys! She loved you all so much. Derek, you were her pride & joy! Harlan, I know how much you meant to her. My heart is with you. Dorinda, Your sister-bond is soooo special.
    Love, Leanda Wilkerson Cross & Randy Cross

  3. Lucy says:

    Love you and miss you. You were my family in Nashville. Your love and support I still feel.
    It was such an honor to have known you.

  4. Stephen Hamilton says:

    I was not fortunate enough to know Mrs. Smith, but I am grateful for her raising Derek to be the very best man I know.

  5. Sandra Abraham says:

    Debbie was my family when I lived in Nashville. My Son Michael and Derek were best friends and I have so many special memories of fun times we spent together. April had to keep them in line when she babysat them. Harlan, Derek and family please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Sandra and Ralph Abraham

  6. Gregg McMillan says:

    Debbie we will never forget you and Derek… y’all were so kind and such good friends to us in our years in Donelson 1985-95. You taught us Floridians how to be gracious and kind Tennesseans. Your beautiful soul is spread all over us who knew you well. I am embarrassed and ashamed to not have stayed in touch over the years but you know we love you.
    Condolences to Derek and family.

  7. Mike McMillan says:

    My family and I moved to Nashville when I was 2 years old. We met Debbie and Derek at the daycare I went to shortly after. Derek and I became best friends, and he and Debbie were like family to us. She was such an amazing lady. She was so creative and always inspired me to be creative. I always loved Halloween and Christmas time at there house. She was like a second mother to me the ten years we lived there. One of the sweetest souls I have ever been fortunate enough to have had in my life. You will always have a place in my heart Debbie. I love you Debbie and Derek. Thank you for the memories.

  8. David Estes says:

    Sorry for your loss. Debbie was a fun loving, caring woman whom I met at Cohn High School. Gladys and Ernest were great people as was Dorinda. Prayers for your family.

  9. April McMillan says:

    Oh Debbie, you were such a big part of my growing up years. Your home always felt like home. You were the “cool aunt” for me. I’ve always admired you as a single Mom and when I was younger thought it was really cool that it was you and Derek and your always cozy home no matter where it was. The home of yours that is a staple memory to me is the White House in Donelson. You had a great backyard with a garden, I remember the doll houses kits you built. So much so I asked for one for Christmas one year. But one of my most favorite memories is, one time you were going out and had on red lipstick. I was in your room , listening to you and mom as you got ready. You put on red lipstick, and I called you “Hot Lips Debbie Brown”. That is you for me, a second Mom, a cool aunt and of course “Hot Lips” Debbie Brown. We love you so ❤️

  10. Deborah Daye Owensby says:

    I’m heartbroken, Debbie was my one true friend, I will miss you terribly!
    I’m sorry for our loss

  11. Rosalee S Wilson says:

    I am heartbroken to have lost such a sweet friend. Debbie you were a leader and i was a follower. You got me into a lot of messes but i loved you anyway. We would always laugh about it. Your mom Gladys and dad Ernest were always so kind to me when i would spend the night at your house. Dorinda you were too… Debbie i made my first tie-dyed shirt at your house. So many memories ill never forget. One day ill see you again and until then behave up there! I love you my dear friend!

  12. James Snider says:

    I was so sorry to hear the news of Debbie’s passing. My thoughts and prayers will be with the Ashburn and Smith families during this extremely difficult time.

  13. Lisa Dennis Yeargin says:

    I have just received the news and I am so sorry about Debbie’s passing. I thought so much of Debbie and your whole family. I think of you all often. I wish I would have known so I could have been there to support you at this very sad time. I have always felt a special appreciation to your family. To Mrs Ashburn (maw maw) For picking the 3 children in my family up for church every Sunday morning ,Sunday night and Wednesday for several years And then later in my life, babysitting for my newborn when I went back to work. We loved maw maw. Thank you for your love and kindness .To Dorinda for getting me a job at the laboratory. I am still there after 44 years. Thank you., you gave me athr chance I needed in life. And at the laboratory I worked with Debbie. We became even better friends during that time. She was a great coworker and had a great sense of humor. She always fit right in with the group. Derek was just a baby at the time but I always remember her first priority was her son. Debbie was a very loving mother and person. Please know my heart goes out to you all. I know your family will have a special place in heaven Sending my love to you all.

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