Debra Benbow

Debra passed away unexpectedly  Nov. 14

Debra Louise Benbow, MSN, FNP-BC, PhD (c) was born on August 5, 1955, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Tommie Lee and Helen Benbow. God saw fit to call her home on Saturday, November 14, 2015. The third of six children, Debra began to follow in her mother’s footsteps and developed a love for the field of nursing. It would shape her entire life. Debra graduated from East Forsyth High School in 1973 and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University in 1977. She also received her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Winston-Salem State in 2005. At the time of her death, Debra was in the final stages of completing her dissertation to fulfill the requirements for a Ph.D. in Nursing from Hampton University. After becoming a registered nurse in 1977, Debra began her career at Baptist Hospital where she was a Staff Nurse in the Intensive Care Trauma Unit, Organ Donor Coordinator and Primary Nurse in Psychiatry. Debra credited her experiences during her eight years at Baptist Hospital in shaping a love for Mental Health Nursing. Debra believed in nursing education and the need to effectively prepare future nurses. In 2003, she joined faculty at Winston-Salem State as an adjunct instructor and skills lab coordinator. In 2005, she became Assistant Professor of Psychiatric Nursing, teaching freshman through senior level nursing students. Debra held Master Teacher status at the University and was the recipient of the Joseph E. Patterson Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007. In 2011, she received the distinguished WSSU Nursing Alumni Trailblazer Award. Not only was Debra passionate about formal nursing education, she believed that communities at large, particularly African-American communities, deserved quality information and care. To that end, she established her company, Behavioral Health Consultants. Through it, she provided consultation, education and training to agencies and providers of behavioral health care. Additionally, the company provided services to the community through workshops, consultations, classes and support groups.

Debra is preceded in death by her father, Tommie Lee Benbow, and her sister, Darlene Lynell Benbow.  Her memory and legacy are cherished by her daughter Candice Marie Benbow; mother, Helen Benbow; three brothers: Darryl, Derrick (Janet), Dean Sr. (Gloria); one sister: DeVera; four aunts: Gertrude, Wilhemenia (Willie Sr.), Dora, Trusell; one uncle: Freddie; a host of family members and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at First Waughtown Missionary Baptist Church at 1:00pm. Visitation will begin at 12:00pm. Winston-Salem State University faculty, staff, students and alumni are encouraged to wear red, nursing coats or WSSU pins and sit in the section reserved for the University.






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11/16/15 11:42 PM #1    

Lisa Neal (Myers)

Our condolences and prayers go out to the family of Debra Benbow. Debra and I went back starting from grade school (14th St.), Jr. High (Kennedy) and High School (East).  I recently ran into Debra and we reminisce about the good old days.  Debra was also my facebook friend.  She will truly be missed, but GOD had other plans for her.  RIP Debra Benbow!!!

11/17/15 11:42 AM #2    

Patricia Dockery (Weavil)

Debra and I were classmates and friends over the years. It was always a pleasure to run into her unexpectedly and "catch up". Debra was one of those rare kind individuals who extend grace, and she has been a positive influence on those who knew her. My heart goes out to her family and friends as she will be missed.

11/17/15 11:56 AM #3    

Eddie (EdwardLee) Caldwell

We would like to send our prayers and condolences to the family of Debra... God bless you and keep you in His loving arms at this time and always... God is good...

11/17/15 06:04 PM #4    

Debbie McBride (Johnson)

My prayers are with Debra's family during this difficult time. She was a kind hearted person and every one that knew her had so much respect for her. When my husband  sold his business she came by to tell him bye and took him and his employees picture. She loved supporting her local business  She will be missed by all that knew her.RIP Debra.


11/19/15 10:38 AM #5    

Dr. Tony Graham

Debra was a great person and I really enjoyed her at East. I am sure she is in a better place. My prayers go out to Debra's family. God bless! Dr. Tony E. Graham and family.

11/19/15 08:26 PM #6    

Vernon (Sonny) English

Pretty much everything that can be said about this wonderful person, Debra Benbow, has been said. We were classmates and Friends in High School. And from what I've heard and read over the years, she grew in wisdom, grace, and exuberance. She imparted her wisdom to so many. And we are all the better for it. She left a blessed legacy. That is the desire of us all. She dreamed it and by the Grace of God she achieved it.
Condolences and much Love to the Family from our Family. Please rest in the blessed assurance that she is claiming her crown and hearing those precious words from our Lord.."Well done, My good and faithful servant!Enter..." 👑
God bless you all!🙏🌟

11/22/15 12:09 AM #7    

Rosalind Graham

My daughter went to WSSU and always talked about a nurse she really enjoyed. I learned later that it was my classmate. She had the opportunity to learn from Debra. She had  awesome nursing skills. May she rest in peace and love.

God Bless






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