Deborah (Debbie) Sandifer Rockett, wife, mother, and Nonna, passed away on November 17th, 2022, surrounded by family. Debbie was born to Glynn and Audie Sandifer on October 29th, 1955. Selected as Miss Moss Point High head cheerleader, she later married David Everett Rockett, her high school quarterback and sweetheart, in 1975.
In their 47 wonderful years of marriage they had nine children: Jennifer Rockett Lizenby (Troy), Lisa Rockett Huntington (Courtney), Lacey Rockett Melton (Joshua), Steven David Rockett (Maggie), Anna Rockett Pryor (Chris), Katherine Rockett Sugarwala (Ben), John Calvin Rockett, James Everett Rockett (Kaitlyn), and William Grayson Rockett (deceased 1996).
Her children were her best friends, and her 18 grandchildren her pride and joy: Lunden Lizenby, Bryce Lizenby, Noah Melton, Jude Melton, Isabella Huntington, Beau Asher Lizenby, Everett (Evie) Lizenby, William Pryor, Olive Rockett, Ellis Pryor, Everett Pryor, Adeline Rockett, Birdie Rockett, Rowan Rockett, Eleanor Rockett, Benjamin Huntington, and Lillian Rockett.
Debbie has been a faithful member of Church of the Redeemer in West Monroe and served as a piano accompanist for Covenant Presbyterian Church faithfully for 5 years. She truly enjoyed her work of 15 years as a diligent and dependable administrative assistant for Real Estate Investments with Bishop Johnston and Jodi Lyle—who treated her with great kindness and love. More than anything, she treasured time with her family and looked forward to the Christmas holiday season, and our vacations at the beach every summer. She could always be found in the kitchen, reading on the beach (but always listening to conversations buzzing around her), or snuggling one of her beloved grandbabies. Sunday dinner was a weekly staple—where she loved to cook for her family and anyone else who might like to join. Anyone was always welcome at her dinner table. You would never know by her quiet and unassuming presence that she was quite competitive and planned epic family game nights for all the grandchildren every Christmas. She took great pride in doing things well and creating beautiful things for her family and others—whether it was playing the piano, sewing clothes, working on craft projects, or cooking meals. She was the definition of unassuming beauty and grace.
Visitation will be held Sunday, November 20th, from 4pm to 6pm at Mulhearn Funeral Home, Monroe, LA.
A family graveside service will be held Monday, November 21st at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery with Pastor Steve Wilkins and Pastor John Mabray officiating.
A celebration of life reception will be held Monday, November 21st, from 5pm–8pm at 4602 Bon Air Drive, Monroe, LA 71203.
Pallbearers will be Steven D. Rockett, John C. Rockett, James E. Rockett, Troy Lizenby, Courtney Huntington, Joshua Melton, Chris Pryor, and Ben Sugarwala.
Honorary pallbearers are grandsons, Lunden Lizenby, Bryce Lizenby, Noah Melton, Jude Melton, Beau Asher Lizenby, Amos Melton, William Pryor, Ellis Pryor, Everett Pryor, and Benjamin Huntington.