September 23, 1953 ~ August 15, 2021
Deborah “Debbie” Cureton passed away peacefully at home on the morning of August 15th after a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Cureton, her sisters Donna Garth and Regan Laughlin, and her nieces Nikki Hughes, Casey Garth, Courtney Garth, Rachael Laughlin and Maggie Laughlin.
Debbie was born in Bluefield, West Virginia in September 1953 to Colonel Irvin and Mrs. Rita Hylton. Debbie lived in various places in the U.S. and in Germany and Liberia, with her father’s military assignments before the family settled in Springfield, Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in accounting and began her career with the Federal government as an auditor with GAO. She held Inspector General positions with increasing responsibilities at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, GSA and NSF, where she completed her career as Assistant Inspector General for Audits. She was a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive.
An avid traveler, Debbie ventured through Europe, Cambodia, Bhutan, Africa, South America, and Antarctica. Her love of cycling led her to explore many regions of the US. Her cultural interests inspired her to volunteer at the Kennedy Center and Carlyle House in Old Town Alexandria. Her compassion for animals was expressed in countless hours of service at the King Street Cats shelter in Alexandria. Contributions may be made in Debbie’s honor to this shelter or your favorite animal welfare organization.