In Loving Memory

Deborah Horn

August 21, 1951 - April 18, 2019


Spanish Fort, AL

Deborah Leigh Heidelberg Horn, 67, of Spanish Fort, Alabama, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond Joseph Heidelberg and Loretta Marie Capley Heidelberg.

She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Jerry Horn of Spanish Fort, Alabama; sister, Connie Teague (Jack) of Foley, Alabama; brother, Gary Heidelberg (Debbie) of Hutchinson Island, Florida; two daughters, Alesia Aaron (Jody) of Maylene, Alabama, and Julianne Horn of Brooklyn, New York; and three grandchildren, Timothy Aaron, Capley Aaron, and Hudson Aaron.

Deborah (Debbie) was born in Birmingham, Alabama and earned a bachelor’s degree in both Speech/Language Pathology and Mathematics from the University of South Alabama. Debbie’s lifelong passion was helping children with learning difficulties achieve their highest potential. She served thirty years as a Speech/Language Pathologist in public school systems in Alabama and Florida before her retirement in 2011. In addition to her work in speech, she also tutored many students in math. She was very creative, designing handmade puppets and building stage props for the youth puppet teams that she directed for fifteen years. A devoted wife, mother, and teacher, Debbie leaves behind a legacy of accomplishments all directed toward improving the lives of the children that she taught.

Services will be held at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, 445 Azalea Road, Mobile, Alabama, 36609, at 11 A.M. Wednesday, April 24, 2019, with visitation preceding at 10 A.M. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD), Expressions of condolence may be offered at Hughes Funeral Home of Daphne, Alabama is handling the arrangements.


  1. Ileen Fisher, Susie Klein, Owners Golden Rule Senior Care Inc.

    It was such an honor and privilege to be part of Debbie’s healthcare team. We enjoyed every minute she spent with us at the Adult Day Center. Everyone that came through the door, visitors and staff, fell in love with her. Her smile was infectious and she just seem to draw everyone to come close. She will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Prayers for family and friends for Supernatural strength and comfort that only God can supply.

    • Jerry Horn

      Thank you. You both are very special people who meant a lot to Debbie. You were so helpful in keeping her active and engaged up until the very end. God will have special crowns waiting for you one day.

  2. Kay and Frances Lovette

    We are so saddened to hear of Ms. Horn’s passing. She was a wonderful and sweet lady. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Jodi Harmon

    I had the pleasure of working with Deborah for many years. There are no words sufficient enough to describe what a huge impact Deborah made on so many children in need. She was an incredible speech therapist, reading teacher and most importantly, a tireless advocate for all children. To her girls, know that your mother talked about you often with pride and love! Deborah will be missed dearly- Jodi Harmon

  4. Shirley Henkel

    I have so many memories with Debbie and Jerry while we lived in Panama City. We were young mothers and Debbie was always sharing recipes with me. I still have her recipes saved in my recipe box. We had so many great memories from St. Andrews Baptist and so many good times that we shared with our girls. I pray that Jerry and the girls will have the peace and comfort to help them during this time.

  5. Kerri Gregory

    It was a true honor to care for Debbie. Her smile was contagious and her sweet spirit made her easy to love. We have many great memories of her singing to gospel hymns and tapping her foot. Thank you for the opportunity to serve your family. Mr. Horn, thank you for all you do to bring awareness and education to AFTD. -Kerri Gregory

  6. Shirley and Vince Brown

    Jerry, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls. Debbie was truly a special lady.

  7. April Willis

    I was so sad to hear about the passing of Mrs. Debbie. She was such a pleasure to be around. I would tell her that she had one of the best smiles ever. I was able to introduce her to my Isabella and it warmed my heart to see her eyes just beam with excitement. It was so obvious how much she loved children and Isabella truly enjoyed her visit. Mr. Horn, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.


    Jerry my prayers and thoughts are with you and your daughters. I always rember her wonderful smile.. Phil 4-6.


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