January 13, 1954 ~ January 22, 2022

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Hendersonville, NC

Hendersonville- Deborah “Debbie” Diane Whitaker, 68, of Hendersonville, went to her Heavenly Home on Saturday, January 22, 2022.

A native of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of Elsie Bradley Ponders of Asheville and of the late William Edward Ponders.

In addition to her mother, Debbie is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Max Henry Whitaker; one daughter, Julie Haines (Eric) of Edneyville; one sister, Brenda Hancock (Tom) of Candler as well as two granddaughters, Natalie and Sydney Corn.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, January 28, 2022 in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. Her family will receive friends Friday from 1:00-2:00 PM prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, Debbie’s family graciously asks that you consider making a contribution in her memory to either the American Kidney Fund (kidneyfund.org) or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org.).

Services

Visitation: January 28, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Funeral Service: January 28, 2022 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

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  1. There are no words for how much you will be missed you were like my big sister you left me with so many wonderful memories I know you are flying high now with the angels in heaven you will forever be loved and in my heart till we meet again.

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  2. Debbie, I always hope to meet you ❤ one day! My name is : Debbie also and I worked with your wonderful daughter ❤ Julie! I felt like I knew you from your daughter.. May you rest in peace with your HEAVENLY FATHER and all of those who went before you! My prayers will be with your husband,Julie and all of those you LOVED!!

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  3. At this moment my heart is broken, I know that it will pass. You have always been here to talk to whenever I needed it. You have always been the glue to our family, I know that you are looking over us and helping us in our life’s even though we can’t see it. This is the hardest part of life but knowing that I have another angel on my shoulder keeps me smiling. This was always just a pit stop to something better, there is never a goodbye it’s see you later. I will always love you Nana.

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  4. Always my friend and always soooo funny!! Will miss you,and always remember the times when had as friends, FLY HIGH SWEET SOLE YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED

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  5. Every time I put in earrings I remember you piercing them with an ice cube and a needle. You were a great next door neighbor.

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  6. I will miss you Debbie you was a great Mother and Grandmother. I’m very lucky to have known you and was friends with Julie for a long time. You was amazing woman and you will be dearly missed.

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  7. Max and Julie I will miss seeing Debbie’s beautiful smile at church. Words cannot express how sad I feel for you at this time. I am praying for you and lifting you up to our precious Heavenly Father who will give you comfort and joy through this. You Friend from HTA

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  8. Max, Julie & Family,
    May God comfort you all and give you peace and strength. My prayers go up for all of you. Debbie was a special lady who I loved and admired. She and I had a special bond also because we shared the same birthday. I will miss her much but know she’s happy, healthy and waiting to see us all again. Blessings to you all.

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  9. Dear Max and Family: There are no words to tell you how sorry we are in your loss of Debbie. She was a ray of sunshine whenever we saw you both while walking. May God bless you during this time, and keep you. Sending prayers and love.

    Isaiah 40:31

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