Debi Boyle

19541008 –

 20160621

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Debi Boyle, a longtime resident of Lubbock, had her final curtain call for the matinee show on June 21, 2016. We look forward to seeing her again at the cast party when the Director calls his cast home. Deborah Jean Robertson made her debut on October 8, 1954, in Lake Jackson, Texas, as an understudy to her parents Richard and Evelyn Robertson. She graduated from Jersey Village High School in 1972 and went on to earn her undergraduate degree in Musical Theater Arts from East Texas State University. She met her male lead, Captain James Edwin Boyle during a weekend performance in November 1977. The two took top billing in a 38 year run of their own production, which debuted on April 1, 1978. Debi produced and directed a variety of community theater productions and taught theater within the Houston Independent School District. During this time, she also achieved her dream role as Mom. Debi then left the stage to write her award-winning production of “Homeschooling.” Jim and Debi took their show on the road to Lubbock, Texas, in 1995, where she taught theater at Trinity Christian School from 1999 to 2011. From 2011 to 2014, she taught English at Texas Tech University Independent School District. Aside from theater and teaching, Debi loved reading, traveling with her husband Jim, and camping with her family. Cast members who had final curtain calls before Debi include her parents and her brother Dick Robertson. Still appearing include leading man Jim; understudies John Boyle and Megan and Noah Gray; five supporting actors, AKA grandchildren; and an ensemble including Becky Trigg and husband, Jack, and Don Robertson and wife, Henrietta. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the American Kidney Foundation. Debi’s closing performance, “A Celebration of Life,” will be featured at Cornerstone Bible Church, curtain at 6 pm on Friday, June 24, reception to follow. Debi’s final bow will take place at Powers Chapel Cemetery at 2 pm on Monday, June 27, in Rosebud, Texas.

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