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Deborah Frances Rowe Hughes

Profile Updated: May 2, 2019
Deborah Frances Rowe
Residing In
Midland, GA USA
Tommy Hughes Class of 67'
Retired teacher. Currently, Fine Arts Magnet Coordinator at Wynnton Arts Academy, formerly known as Wynnton Elelmentary School
Benjy, born 1974
Stepdaughter Laura, born 1979
Step-grandchildren Emily, Elizabeth, Cora
Yes! Attending Reunion
What name were you known by in high school? (First and last name.)

Debbie Rowe

How did you meet your spouse or partner?

My partner, Tommy Hughes, and I met and dated while attending Columbus High.
Tommy will be singing with the band at the reunion's event on Saturday night.

A little history, please . . .

After graduating college, I married, gave birth to my son, Benjy and taught school in Carroll County, Coweta County, and Gwinnett County. I returned to Columbus in 1979 and taught in the Muscogee County School District until 2004. I retired and moved to Panama City to enjoy the beach life. After a year, I decided retirement was not for me, and I missed Columbus. I returned to Columbus and got back into education. I reunited with Tommy Hughes, the love of my life, in 2005 and we were married in 2007.

School Story

I had a lot of fun in high school. I enjoyed the dances, bonfires and football games. I loved all the good times with girlfriends, especially Pam Wall, Margaret Cain, Suzan Miles, Susan Hindsman, Cathy Lanham, and Vicki Young. It was great!

Where did you go to school after Columbus High?

West Georgia College
(Undergraduate and graduate)

Where have you lived since high school?

Palmetto, Ga.
Lilburn. Ga.
Panama City Beach, Fl.

Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know.

Probably my love of animals, especially dogs. If I could take in all dogs needing a home, and if my husband would let me, I would.

Looking back, what impact did your years at Columbus High have on your life?

Great memories. Great friends. I met my soulmate at Columbus High, only to be separated after graduation and reunited 36 years later. Our time together in high school, and now back together, have been the happiest times of my life.

Was there a teacher at Columbus High who influenced your life, either while you were at CHS or later? And why was he or she influential?

I loved Coach Sparks. He was so friendly and down to earth. I'll never forget that he remembered my name when I ran into him twelve years after graduation. I think all the teachers and my experience at Columbus High contributed to my desire to become a teacher.

Aside from an influential teacher, did you have a favorite teacher at Columbus High? Why was he or she a favorite?

Ditto: Coach Sparks

What was your favorite lunch at the CHS cafeteria?

Can't remember a favorite lunch, but I loved the rolls.

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