Debbie McElyea Blakely passed
away Sunday, December 13, 2020 surrounded with her family and friends.
Visitation will be Sunday, December 20, 2020 from 1 to 2 with memorial service
following at Tanner High School Gymnasium.
Debbie was proceeded in death
by her father Carl McElyea of Athens.
Debbie graduated from Clements
High School, Calhoun Community College and Athens State College where she
received her degree in Physical Education/Special Education.
Coach Blakely began her career
at Tanner High School where she led two teams to State Championships and was
named “Coach of the Year” each time. She continued her coaching at West
Limestone and Ardmore where she won various titles. Debbie was inducted
into the Limestone County Sports Hall of Fame. She was Director of JTPA for
local youth summer jobs. After retiring from the Limestone County
School System she began working as a Unit Director for the Athens Boys &
Debbie is survived her husband
Mike Blakely, son Andy Blakely (Dawn), grandsons Luke (Holland) and Ben all of
Athens. Her mother Margaret Bridges McElyea, one brother Roger McElyea (Karen)
both of Athens.
In lieu of
flowers, donations or contributions may be made to MTM
Educational Enrichment c/o Debbie Blakely
Memorial Scholarship Fund 112 Market Street West Athens, Alabama 35611, Hospice
of Limestone County or a charity of choice.
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Claire and I are so sorry for you and your family loss of wife Debbie she was the most strong will women that we had ever meet.she was alway smiling laughing and having a good time any time you would see her.she was the most strong will women we have ever been around .I wish we had been around more the last few years may be we would have had a better relationship.we have been friends for a lot of years and again so sorry for your loss a especially at the holiday season . we are not sending flowers making a donation of $250.00 to her fund.