Deborah Richardson Novotny

May 19, 1952 - June 16, 2021
Deborah Richardson Novotny


Deborah Richardson Novotny, age 69 of Wilmington passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare.

She was born in Onslow County, NC on May 19, 1952. She grew up in Wilmington and attended Hoggard High School. Deborah had many jobs in Wilmington, but her most loved job was working at Port City Taxi as the Lead Dispatcher. Deborah enjoyed fishing, traveling especially to St. Augustine, FL, but her favorite thing was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Richard L. Novotny; her son, Jimmy Cottle; brothers, Herschel Hewett (Betty), Chris Hewett (Betty Jo), and Kenny Hewett (Marion, and Tracy Hewett (Robin); grandchildren, Bethany, Lizette, Erica, and Ricky; and several great grandchildren; her special pets, “Mocha”, Pretty Girl”, and “Bugger”. Remembered are her parents, Walter and Iris Hewett, her son Ricky Cottle, Sr. and a grand-daughter Abby who preceded her in death.

The family will see friends from 3 to 5 pm Sunday, June 20, 2021 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held 11 am Monday, June 21, 2021 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel led by Rev. Bobby Wilson and Rev. Susan Flewellin. Burial will be at Prospect Cemetery in Wilmington.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099

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  • June 18, 2021
    Betty and Walt Hewett says:
    We are deeply saddened by the news of Debbie passing away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you lay her to rest. May God be with you and bless you through this difficult time.. We send our love. Betty and Walt

  • June 19, 2021
    Dan & Shirley Caison lit a candle:
    Lit since June 19, 2021 at 6:17:59 AM

  • June 19, 2021
    Mary "Linda" Hewett & G.C. Bryan says:
    I was so sorry to hear about Debbie so quickly passing away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family dring this difficult time. May God surround you with his comfort and peace. Love from all the Bladen County Hewetts

  • June 20, 2021
    Judy (Woods) Wright says:
    Our love goes with you as well as our thanks. Thank you for introducing me to the love of my life. Two days before you left, Lloyd & I talked about how we met. Your sweet spirit will always be remembered. We love you.

  • June 20, 2021
    Billy Roberts says:
    I was saddened to hear of cousin Debbie's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.