December 29, 1954 ~ July 7, 2021

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

Deborah “Debbie” Melton DeBruhl, 66, of Arden, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

A native of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Lester Allen Melton and Connie Dillingham Melton. Debbie was also preceded in death by a daughter, Christy DeBruhl Garren as well as a sister-in-law, Diane Kathy.

Debbie was a graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School. She worked for Bank of America for many years and in administration at several doctor’s offices in Asheville as well as in Southport, NC.

She was known for her beautiful smile and the joy she brought into everyone’s lives. She was known to family members as “sweet little Debbie”.

Surviving is her husband of 48 years, Steven Arden DeBruhl; her daughter, Amy DeBruhl (Brian Jones) ; a grandson, Justin Garren; her beloved dog, Bentley as well as close cousins and friends.

A private service will be held in the future at the Western Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Debbie’s memory to the Duke Cancer Fund (

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. I went to High School with Debbie and Steve was my best friend growing up on Montford.
    She was always very nice and a pleasure to be around. She had great parents!
    I drove Steve to Greenville SC to get the marriage license.

    • I love the memory you shared about driving my dad to get the marriage license. Thank you for sharing! I definitely know who you are. They talked about you often!

  2. I first met Debbie in 8th grade. She was so kind and sweet. She was an inspiration to me as she too battled cancer. I will keep her family in my prayers. May you find peace in knowing she is in heaven.

  3. I met Debbie in 1976 at Whiteman AFB and have considered her my best friend ever since. She always had a beautiful smile on her face and such a warm and kind personality. I didn’t get to see her much over the past decades but always held her in my heart. Her bravery in the face of cancer astounded me. I’m so terribly sorry that she had to suffer the loss of her daughter Christy, whom I know she loved with all of her heart and soul. They are together once again.

    My sincerest sympathy goes out to Steve and Amy and all of her other family and close friends.

  4. Steve & Amy, I am so very sorry for your loss of Debbie. We had so many wonderful times growing up in Beaverdam. She was a wonderful friend. I’m praying for you & your family.

  5. So sorry for your loss….. Debbie was a beautiful lady and she radiated joy with her smile. Prayers for each of you.

  6. I was so sorry to hear about Debbie’s passing. We both lived in Beaverdam and Debbie was my best friend while going through our teen years and riding the bus together. I really liked both of her parents. I remember Steve too and Steve I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. To Steve: I am sorry to hear of the loss of your wife. Hope you are doing OK. (I used to work with you many years ago at Western Auto in Asheville)


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