Beloved Gwinnett attorney Deborah Hyden passed away early Tuesday morning in Duluth. Deborah was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She was a Suma Cum Laude graduate of Baldwin Wallace College, and held a Master's Degree in Education from Tusculum College. She taught elementary school before becoming an attorney. Deborah graduated first in her class in 2001 from the University of Tennessee School of Law. She was a member of the Law Review, and was nationally published. After passing the bar in both Georgia and Tennessee, she became a professor of law at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta. She served as a prosecutor for the Office of the Gwinnett County Solicitor General before opening her own criminal defense law practice. Deborah was a devout Christian, and believed her law practice served as her ministry. During her life of teaching school and practicing law, many children and adults came to know the love of Jesus Christ through the life of Deborah Hyden. She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Hyden. Her mother, Dorothy Hyden of Duluth, survives her. She is also survived by her sister, Julianne Thompson, and brother-in-law, Jason Thompson, niece, Victoria Thompson, and nephew, Hayden Thompson, of Suwanee, her brother, Robert, and sister-in-law, Teresa, of Marietta, nephew, Greg Hyden, of Boca Raton, Florida, and nephew Marc Hyden, of Panama City Beach, Florida. Funeral Services will be Friday, August 3rd at 5 PM at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel. The family will received friends on Thursday, August 2nd from 5-8 PM at Wages and Sons Funeral Home at 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy. Lawrenceville, Georgia. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. Bob and Teresa, I am so sorry for your loss but we know that she is in a much better place now. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Bob and Teresa,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss of your sweet sister, Debbie.

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with the Hyden family as you work through this difficult time. Deborah was a caring lady who always had kind words about everyone she ever brought to court. She will be missed by many.

  4. I was so very sorry to hear about Deborah. I also know that this is a very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family. If there is anything I can do to be of assistance, please let me know.

  5. the Greater Fayette Republican Women’s Club wishes to express our sincere condolences and prayers for your family. We will be remembering all of the family tomorrow at our regular meeting
    God Bless

  6. Sorry for the loss of your sister, Julianne and your sister-in-law, Jason. I will remember your family in my prayers.

  7. May the Hyden family find comfort in your loving memories, and in knowing that God is “near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” Psalm 34;18 While grief at the loss of Deborah is great, joy at welcoming her back in the resurrection will be greater. Mark 5;42 With deepest sympathy,

  8. God Bless You at this difficult time. With heartfelt sympathy and condolences in this time of sadness.

  9. Dear Julianne & Family,
    I want to express my sincere sympathy to you and your family in the passing of your sister. Deborah was an amazing person and she had an amazing and wonderful life. May you seek and find comfort in God’s love at this difficult time. God Bless you and the Hyden family. Sincerely,
    Millie Rogers
    GA Federation of Republican Women

  10. Miss Deborah: I miss your kind spirit and wonderful smile. You always made my day brighter when you walked into the room. May you be free of sickness in our heavenly home of peace.

  11. Dear Robert, and all of the family and love ones.. I want to extend my Prayers to you as you continue your lives without your beloved…We know that now she has Peace, Healing and in a new body not made with hands..She will be missed by all that knew and loved her..To her family and clients she would have you be strong while processing your grief She gave dignity to passing to the other side..Deborah Sue is now eternally home..Blessings to all…”In HIM” Pastor Stephen George

  12. Robert,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.


    Mike Jacobs

  13. I just learned of Deborah’s passing. What a bright light she was! I always loved seeing her in court. She will be missed dearly. I feel honored to have known her. Prayers to her family at this difficult time. Especially you, Bob.

  14. My prayers are with Debbie’s family at this sad time. I feel blessed to consider her my friend and look forward to seeing her again when our Lord returns. That great reunion can be a comfort to us all. God bless.

  15. Debbie and I worked together in kindergartin at EL Ross. She was so kind and sweet and a good friend. I will always remember her playing the piano and singing with the children. So sorry to hear of her passing. There must be beautiful music in heaven.

  16. Dorothy, Bob, and Family,
    We just read Debbie’s obituary in the Cleveland Banner and are so sorry for your loss. We remember Debbie as a very sweet and intellegent young lady from our friendship with your family in Ohio, Florida and Tennessee. Our prayers are with you. We understand your sorrow as our daughter, Dawn, died from cancer recently.

  17. Dear Mrs. Hyden and family,

    Richard and I were so sorry to hear about Debbie’s passing. She was such a smart and accomplished person, I know you are very proud of her life.
    We have good memories of boarding your horses when you lived in Mountain Brook.
    Please know we are thinking of you all.

  18. Debbie and I were in the same study group when we achieved Master’s Degrees in 1996. I appreciated her kindness, intelligence, and support as we worked together. I am so very sorry for your loss. She was a special lady.

  19. So sad to hear of the loss if my dear childhood friend. What a wonderful life, gone too soon from here, but with our Heavenly Father. Bless you all, Jan Barnes Goforth.

  20. So very sorry to hear about your loss. Many memories of the Hyden Family and trips we all made together. Lots of times together in our younger years. Will remember all of you and pray you are doing okay. Love The Parker’s and Betty Waggett.

  21. I just received notice of Debbie passing on to again share her love for her Father and be with God. I first want to send my condolence to my special “Mom” who along with Debbie shared my younger days. All the great caring and special times we had the chance to do then. I to this day THANK and RESPECT you greatly. My heart will always hold my friend “Sister” and I am so sorry that time on earth didn’t give us a chance to meet again. Thank you for sharing Debbie with me.
    My prayers to Special Mom Mrs. Hyden, Bob, Julie and your families
    Love, Barb Bardos Tuggle

  22. Mrs. Hyden,
    I just learned of Debbie’s passing. I was a good friend of hers in Cleveland. We taught together at E.L.Ross Elementary. Also, we were neighbors with your family in Mountain Brook. My heart is broken. I know how much you,and all of your family,love her and of her deep love for you. Debbie was a special person, and I will always remember her with deep affection. Susie Davis 423-596-7629

  23. I just learned of Ms. Hyden’s passing. I have very many memories of her as my 4th grade teacher at E.L.Ross Elementary school…. She was an inspiration to me. I am praying for your family and will continue to pray for you all…. “God be with you Ms. Hyden till we meet again”

  24. I am late with my condolences. Miss Hyden was my 4th grade teacher at E.L.Ross elementary school. I loved her dearly. She is missed.

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