Adams announces the passing of Mrs. Deborah D. Lazarus, 70, who transitioned on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at St. Joseph's Hospital.
Deborah Dolinger Lazarus
Sept 5, 1951 - May 14, 2021
Deborah Lazarus, my beloved wife, was an extraordinarily gifted, beautiful and talented woman with friends and admirers from all walks of life and all over the globe.
Deborah was born in Seattle Washington and spent time as a child on an army base in Germany, as her father William Dolinger was in the military. For the most part though, she was raised in Southwest VA. She always loved the mountains and had cherished memories of her grandfather "Poppy". She was an only child.
At some point her family moved to Central VA, eventually settling in Prince George County near Petersburg.
Because of her father's career moves she attended various schools and eventually went to Richard Bland College, where she founded and named the student literary magazine "Mezzanine" in the early 70's. That magazine is still around in the present. She also attended St. Leo's College and obtained a BS degree.
She worked for a time as a Social Worker in Petersburg, dealing with many difficult situations involving her clients, many of whom considered her an angel for her extraordinary efforts on their behalf.
In the late 80's she met me, Stacey G Lazarus, and we fell in love and got married, both of us for the second time.
In 1987 the two of us opened and ran REAL RECORDS in Petersburg, the most famous record store to feature Heavy Metal music in the region at that time. She was in charge of the Merchandise such as T Shirts, jewellery, posters, patches, stickers and buttons and had a lot of fun dealing with all of that stuff. She also was in charge of designing the store's decorations, including awesome promotional displays, both inside and facing the street. The store would have not been half as noteworthy without her talent and energy, not to mention her affinity with and love for the customers, including our friend to this day, Daniel Slack.
Eventually as the Metal craze cooled down, I continued running the store in different locations and with more of a focus on used records
In the new millennium, Deborah left VA and moved down to Macon GA, eventually settling in rural Jones County. I soon followed her down and joined her there after she found a location for my business in Downtown Macon. Deborah became a licensed agent at Geico for a time and then got to use her considerable organizational and people skills as office manager, essentially running construction projects building Walmart and Sam's Club stores for Miller Building. She enjoyed that work and they were very impressed with her and would have loved for her to go with them to other locations once those project completed. However she was not prepared to leave me and our pets so she found some other employment in the area, including a national firm that marketed services to insurance agents. She became the most successful sales agent in the entire company and had executives flying in to try to interview and figure out what made her so successful!
Later in the decade due to complications of diabetes Deborah was declared legally blind and I decided to close the retail store to work from home selling on line so I could be there with her since she could no longer drive.
Eventually I decided to attend Open Mic Jam Sessions in Macon, and Deborah would usually accompany me. She took many iconic pictures and was often kind enough to shoot videos of mine and other performances on her tablet. We became part of the large Macon music community, and many musicians and fans considered her a beloved mother figure. We grieved the passing of many of our friends on the scene, even after we moved to Savannah a few years ago and did not get back to Macon as often as we would have liked. In particular, I am sure that her beloved friend Freddie Smith and the recently deceased Kenneth "Bubu" Robinson are waiting for her on the other side. Many of her beloved friends are devastated at her loss and she leaves behind too many to mention.
Hundreds of comments and reactions have come in from her dedicated Facebook friends from all over the world, where her unique comments, anecdotes and observations endeared her to an untold number of readers, certainly in the hundreds, probably in the thousands.
In addition to all of that, it must be said that she was an enthusiastic customer at flea markets and thrift stores, a devoted collector of dolls and other things,a skilled crafter, a big fan of Gnomes, loving pet parent of our dogs, and the love of my life for some 35 years now.
After many years of increasingly declining health, all of the problems combined to the point where she could no longer fight them, even though she had battled them to an amazing degree in her effort to stay here with me. Now her Spirit is set free and all of her pain, struggles and suffering is at last over.
Rest in Peace Deborah, My Darling Wife,
I will love you forever and miss you always.
Your Husband and Greatest Admirer,
Stacey G Lazarus
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to ASPCA in memory of Deborah Lazarus;
FOLLOW THE LINK UNDER DONATIONS.