Deborah Carmichael

Obituary of Deborah Ann Carmichael

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Deborah Ann Carmichael, of Somerdale, NJ was born on September 4, 1954 in Camden, NJ to the late William Charles and Florence Degrilla Jones. She was the youngest of 9 siblings. Deborah attended Magnolia Public Elementary School in Magnolia, NJ, and graduated from Sterling High School in Somerdale, NJ. After graduating high school, Deborah attended Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ and PB Cosmetology where she pursed and accomplished her dream of becoming a licensed cosmetologist. Doing hair was one of Deborah's many passions. She knew a woman's hair was her crowning glory. Women and girls from all over Magnolia and the surrounding towns couldn't wait to get their hair styled by Deborah. At the age of 12, while sitting outside on her step playing with her friends and siblings, Deborah caught the eye of a young, George W. Carmichael, from Dillon, SC. It was at that moment George knew he wanted to marry Deborah. Philippians 4:6 tells us "let your requests be made known unto God." George told the Lord, Deborah was the type of woman he wanted to marry, and asked the Lord to bless him with a small family. Not only did the Lord hear George's prayer, He also answered it. On Saturday, October 5, 1974 Deborah Ann Jones married the love of her life, George W. Carmichael. From this God ordained union, George and Deborah's only child, Rachel, was born. Pastor Deborah (affectionately known by many) was a devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, and spiritual mother. She was a very special woman. Just like her mother, Mother Florence Jones, Pastor Deborah was the very definition of a Virtuous Woman. Her price is far above rubies. Pastor Deborah was the epitome of a Godly woman. Not only did she teach and preach the unadulterated Gospel of Jesus Christ, she lived her life according to God's Word. Pastor Deborah had an undeniable love for the Lord. She was known as "Ms. Mercy" to those closest to her. In addition to reading and studying God's Word, Pastor Deborah loved her family. Family time was her favorite time. From family dinners, to getting in the car and taking rides with Pastor George, going to Dutch Country and riding Tram Car down in Wildwood. Pastor enjoyed and cherished every bit. Pastor Deborah accepted Christ into her heart as her Lord and personal Savior in 1973. Pastor began winning souls to Christ immediately thereafter. Pastors George and Deborah Carmichael graduated from Jameson School of Ministry in 1983 and Deliverance Evangelistic Church Bible Institute in 1984. In 1986 she, along with her husband, began a Neighborhood Bible Club (NBC) in their home. Men, women, boys, and girls from all over would fill Pastors' home every week as they taught God's Word. After a couple of years of having NBC in their home, because attendance was so great, they decided to hold the Neighborhood Bible Club at the Somerdale Youth Center on Ogg Ave. in Somerdale, NJ. Beginning in 1995, Pastors (New Mercies Ministries) could be heard live on WTMR 800 on your AM dial every Sunday from 7pm-7:30pm. Pastor Deborah attended Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Philadelphia, PA, (where the Reverend Benjamin Smith, Sr. was the founder and pastor) from 1973 until May 2000. It was then when Pastor Smith ordained George and Deborah as Co-Pastors. He told them to find a building. The Lord led Pastors Carmichael to a church building that unbeknownst to them, had just been vacated a month before. That building, located at 200 West Lincoln Ave. became the home of New Mercies Evangelistic Church in Magnolia, NJ. Between the years of 1995 to 2019, while on WTMR 800, Pastors Carmichael presented Christ to the Delaware Valley and beyond in many ways. From sermons to live plays, Pastors made sure they gave the people Jesus. Pastor Deborah was a praying woman, a true prayer warrior. She was an intercessor and knew how to get a prayer through. She loved to sing and worship the Lord. On the quiet afternoon of Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 3:49pm, the Lord sent His angels to bring His daughter, His good and faithful servant, home. With her husband and daughter by her side, Pastor Deborah transitioned from labor to rest. Pastor Deborah's legacy, memory, and love lives on through her loving and devoted husband of 46 years, George Carmichael, their one and only child, loving daughter, Rachel Ann Lea (son-in-law, Taylor), and their daughter, Pastors' little "Gan Gan" (as only Pastor Deborah called her), Leah Ann Lea, loving sister, Minister Gloria R. Hall (William), loving brother, Charles Edward Jones, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and of course her New Mercies Evangelistic Church family who loved her as if she were their own mother. Lovingly Submitted, The Family
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