Debra Jean Bradley Cone, a cherished mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away suddenly on January 11, 2024, in Quincy, Florida, at the age of 68. Born on November 17, 1955, in Chattahoochee, Florida, Debra’s life was a testament to her resilience, generosity, and unwavering commitment to her faith, her loved ones and community. She was of the Baptist faith and faithfully attended Rivertown Community Church.
Debra grew up in Chattahoochee, a town that held her heart throughout her life. She was the proud daughter of the late Elijah Berry Bradley and is survived by her mother, Bessie M. “Cookie” Ledbetter Bradley. Debra’s legacy is carried on by her loving family: her daughter, Meghan Michelle Cone (Matt); her son, George Kristan Craig “KC” Pringle IV; her bonus daughter, Amber Michelle Geisler (Ronnie); her sister, Vickie M. Cadwallader (Jim); her six adoring grandchildren, Craig Kristan Pringle, Caden Berry Pringle, Kinslee Michelle Phillips, Daymon James Merritt, Aubree Geisler, and Paxton Geisler; her nephews, Isaac and Zach Smith; and a host of extended family members, close friends, and former coworkers who felt the warmth of her presence. Debra had many adopted children as well. She thought of her children’s friends as her own as well as some of her coworkers that became family that will miss her deeply.
After graduating from Chattahoochee High School in 1973, Debra dedicated 49 years of service to the State of Florida. Her career began immediately after high school and spanned various agencies, reflecting her adaptability and commitment to public service. Debra’s tenure as a staff assistant to the warden at Apalachee Correctional Institution was a notable chapter in her career before she transitioned to the Human Resources department at Florida State Hospital. She retired on December 31, 2022, as a Human Resources Analyst from APD, leaving behind a legacy of professionalism and kindness that touched the lives of many. Debra was known in every position she held as the “go to” person if there was a question or help was needed. She was consistently a wealth of knowledge in any position she held.
Debra’s interests were as diverse as her skills. A “jack of all trades”, she approached life with a can-do attitude, often fixing things herself or learning how to through online tutorials. Her love for flower gardening was evident in the vibrant blooms that adorned her home, and her commitment to her daily morning walks with her girls’ walking group was a source of joy and camaraderie. She loved cooking and baking for her family and friends. It was not unusual for someone to reach out to Debra to ask her to bake one of her specialties or for a friend to ask her for a copy of a recipe. Debra’s passion for community service shone through her involvement in projects like the backpack project, which she held dear to her heart.
Above all, Debra cherished the time spent creating memories with her precious grandchildren, whether attending their extracurricular events or simply being present in their lives. Her love for her family, friends, coffee and cats was fierce, and she was known for opening her home to stray cats in need, a reflection of her compassionate spirit. There was hardly a time of day that she did not have a cup of coffee in her hand. One of her favorite places was sitting on her back porch with a cup of coffee, looking down at the pond. This was a time of relaxation and reflection as well as the time that her kitties would bombard her for their head scratch. Debra’s love and the joy she brought to others will forever remain a part of the lives she touched.
Debra’s life was one of purpose, love, and laughter. She navigated the world with grace and left it a better place for her presence. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her, but her spirit will continue to inspire those she leaves behind. As we say goodbye to Debra Jean Bradley Cone, we celebrate a life well-lived and a woman well-loved.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at McAlpin Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Moore officiating beginning at 6:00 PM Eastern Time. The family will receive friends for visitation immediately following the memorial service.
Flowers are welcomed and appreciated by the family or in lieu of flowers you may send a contribution in Debra’s memory to an organization dear to her, Partners for Pets 4011 Maintenance Drive Marianna, FL 32448 or at their website https://www.partnersforpetsmarianna.com/donate
Condolences may be submitted at www.mcalpinfuneralhome.com