BLEDSOE COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - Funeral services for Deborah Thompson will be Tuesday at 8:00 PM at Bilbrey Funeral Home in Crossville. Visitation will be held from 5 PM to 8 PM at the funeral home. There will be a private burial. The family requests memorials be made to Bledsoe County Middle School, C/O First National Bank of Tennessee or First National Bank of Pikeville.
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-- "If there was such a thing as a perfect middle school principal it would've been Ms. Debbie," says Bledsoe County Schools Superintendent Jennifer Terry.
She chokes back tears as she remembers the woman she worked along side with for years.
"She was very loved by everyone here. Ms. Debbie was the rock of the middle school," Terry says.
Deborah Thompson, known by many as Ms. Debbie, was a teacher for 23 years. She worked with the Bledsoe County School System for 16 years and was principal at Bledsoe County Middle for two years.
"We're all very blessed because we've known Ms. Debbie, and she's trained us all well," Terry says.
However, her life was cut short after a freak accident in Knoxville Thursday afternoon.
"It's unbelievable, I mean its not something you could even imagine. There's just no words to describe," Terry explains.
According to Knoxville Police, a 2013 Chrysler 300 was speeding through a business parking lot on Kingston Pike when it went airborne and crashed into two businesses. Thompson was inside the Tomato Head Restaurant paying her bill when she was hit by the car. She died at a Knoxville hospital.
Now her teachers, staff and nearly 500 students will have to move forward without her.
"We've kind of been here for each other, leaned on each other this morning," Terry says. "She was very inspiring, loving. She was a mother to everyone here, students and staff."
Terry says an interim principal will be chosen at a later date.
The school system is setting up a fund to purchase a sign for the middle school in her honor.