Debra Patrice Gunter Terrell

debra gunter terrell
Debra Patrice Gunter Terrell, 56, of Asheville, died Sunday, December 4, 2011, at the John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, she was the daughter of Lucille Brookshire Gunter and of the late Ray H. Gunter. Debra was a graduate of Asheville High School, and attended A-B Tech. She worked for Health-Care Business Consultants for 20 years, and more recently with D. Michael Ward Inc. for 17 years as office manager. Debra loved animals, especially dogs, and she loved music. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her daughter, Bree Terrell; and numerous cousins, including Pamela Ownbey, her cousin and dear friend. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. Howard Hanger officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice, John F. Keever Solace Center, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813, and/or to the Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. I met Debbie several years ago through mutual friends and spent some time with her at Edisto Beach, SC. She was such a joy to be around. My deepest sympathy to the family and friends. I know that she will be truly missed.

  2. My Dearest Bird
    May God’s arms always be around you and the sun shine on your heart everyday.
    I love you

  3. Dear Bree & Family,
    I worked with Debbie at Professional Management from 1986 – 1989. She was always very kind to me during my time there. I remember that she talked alot about her daughter Bree. I am so sorry for your loss. You & the family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Dearest Bree & Lucille,
    My heart breaks for you & my deepest prayers are with you! May God’s loving mercy & peace surround you like the sun beaming on your heart!

    This is my poem to the beautiful & amazing Debbie:

    You are the closest person to an ‘Aunt’ that I ever knew…
    And for always treating me like a ‘niece’, I truly THANK YOU!!!
    I’m so sorry about this battle you’ve had to go through…
    I need you to know how VERY MUCH I’ve ALWAYS loved you!!!
    I wish our time together hadn’t been so far between & few…
    I will NEVER see a lighthouse without thinking of you!!!
    Now I pray more than ever that you will follow that beautiful light inside of you…
    It will give you the peace of God’s Grace & Mercy that you already knew to be true…

  5. My sweet mother, you will always be missed, but never forgotten! You were the best mother I could have ever asked for! You touched so many lives in so many ways. Your last bit of strength you gave me through that beautiful sun ray to help us carry on and be strong. Thank God for the peace that you have long been waiting for. I LOVE YOU FOREVER!!

  6. Bree- I am so sorry for your loss.. I know what you are going through as I lost my father when he was only 52. Please know that if you ever need to talk to someone who understands your pain, I am here. I pray you find peace and know in your heart, your mom is no longer suffering and is finally free of her pain.. She will always be in your heart, where she will live forever. My deepest sympathy to you and your grandmother.

  7. Dear Bree,
    We are so sorry to hear about your Mom. Mothers are one of the most precious gifts we are ever given, and we know how much you loved your Mom. You are in our thoughts and wish you comfort and peace.

  8. Dear Bree,
    Let me extend to you my sincere sympathy in the loss of your mother. She and I worked together for 13 years several years ago. She was so loving, personable and such a giving person of herself to others. May God wrap his arms around you and keep you during this difficult time.

  9. Bree, I wish I could say somthing to take away your pain or at least make it less. Remember as long as you live your Mom will live in you. Her love will never be gone and I promise when you need her most she will still be there for you. It may be words from the past but they will be her words to you. I love you Bree and anytime you need me you know where I am.
    Take care of you,

  10. Bree my thoughts and prayers will always be here for you. Anything I can ever do for you I will as I would my own and I hope you understand that. I know you have lost the best friend you could or would of ever had and I know how bad the pain is but I want you to know I love you and will always be here for you and keeping you always in my prayers. I love you Reva

  11. Bree- Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. May God give you strength, peace and comfort.

    All our love ,
    Mike and Brenda Fryar & family

  12. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jay, Angela, Connor, Meghan and Hayden

  13. My dear Bree, I am so very sorry for your loss. Debbie was such a special person, and all who knew her will miss her. Please feel free to call me if I can help you in any way possible.

  14. Our deepest sympathy goes out to your entire family. We send our love and prayers out to you to help you deal with your tremendous loss. My friendship with Debbie was very special to me for many years. I will miss her with all my heart as well as her smile and laughter. I will also miss our many friendship talks. I will always cherish that friendship until we meet again.

  15. Bree I am so sorry to hear about this. If you need to talk or a shoulder to cry on please know you can count on me. Be strong, I know you are. I love ya!

  16. Lucille: Please know how very sorry I am for your loss. I know how precious Debbie and Bree have always been to you. Take good care of yourself. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Debby Burchfield

  17. Bree
    I am sorry to hear about your moms passing, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I will be thinking of you!

  18. Lucille, I am so sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. As you know better than anyone Debbie has been my lifelong friend. From spending summers on Deaver View to working at the Drug Store to being room mates as adults. She was the best friend anyone could have. I’m sorry that she and I had lost touch and I wasn’t aware that she had been ill. No matter how long it had been between our visits it seemed as though we picked up right where we left off. I was thinking today about all the fun we had when we were together. She was truly a Very Special person. Please know that my heart is broken and my sympathy is with you and Bree. I pray that God will wrap you in his loving arms and help you both through this most difficult time.

  19. Dear Bree,
    Hal and I are so sorry for your loss. Debbie’s sweet smile and great sense of humor will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Hal and Christie Jones

  20. Bree,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know first hand loosing a parent is hard. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that God will comfort you in this time of grief.


  21. Debbie will always remain a bright star in my mind and heart. She always had that great laugh and I’m so gratful and blessed to have her as my friend. When I look up to heaven, I know she is looking down and laughing at us. Debbett

  22. Debbie I hadn’t seen you in a while but I will always remember you. I think back to when I babysat Bree, Angel and Holly at your cabin, and thinking how beautiful you and Pam were and what great lives you had. I know you are enjoying your new home! Just know that we will all be together again before you know it! You will be missed my friend. Much Love, Carrie..

  23. Dear Lucille and Bree,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved and beautiful daughter and Mother.
    My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through this trying time. May God bless you all.
    Myra Crook Ramsey

  24. Lucille I am so sorry for the lost of Debbie I have not seen her in a while but she was a wonderful person and I know your heart is broken and Bree I know how you feel cause I lost my mother a few years ago and no one can replace them,but know that God will hold you tight while you go through this sad time, she will always be in your heart…in my prayers daily

  25. Lucille I am so sorry for the lost of Debbie I have not seen her in a while but she was a wonderful person and I know your heart is broken and Bree I know how you feel cause I lost my mother a few years ago and no one can replace them,but know that God will hold you tight while you go through this sad time, she will always be in your heart…in my prayers daily

  26. Bree, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your mother & how sweet she always was to me and all she met. If you need anything please let me know. Just remember we will all be together one day.

  27. Bree, your mother’s photo is lovely – a reflection of the special soul she must be to have a daughter of your strength and boundless good will. I hope you gain peace from your memories and the knowledge that she is always with you – out of sight, not heart. All best wishes to you and your family.

  28. There are no words to express my heart felt condolences to Debs family. Debbie was a special friend to me long ago, like a big sister. I first met her at Grove Park Inn along with Pamie, the 3 of us became great friends and enjoyed lots of fun times together. I can close my eyes right now and hear her say my name along with her beautiful laugh.
    When she spoke of Bree, her eyes lit up and you could see the pride and joy she had for her daughter. I am proud to have had Debbie in my life, through her she showed me how to be graceful, kind and loving. Debs spirit will live on through every life she touched, but especially through her daughter,Bree. We all are sent to this earth by our Heavenly Father, to give something, be someone….Debbie gave love to all she met and became a wonderful mom, the kind of mother I aspire to be. I pray, with time, an understanding of Gods grace and love will come, along with the peace Debra Patrice now has……. I love you all!

  29. My heart is so sad to just find out about Debra. She always brightened my day when she would come into the doctors office. I worked at CCNC until I went out on maternity leave this year and had no idea she had gotten worse. We enjoyed many laughs and I always had the best time chatting with her when she came in. Bree, she had the best time with you, you both were a great example of how a mother and daughters relationship should be. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  30. Bree, we are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in the days ahead. we are Heathers InLaws and if there is anything we can do for you and your family please let us know. praying for you and yours..

  31. Lucille & Bree,
    I’m so sorry about your loss.
    I just found out today about Debbie’s passing.
    My mama(Susan)said she sends her Love& condolences as well. She said she will always remember the good ole days and the times that her and Debbie shared growing up spending summers at mamaw’s house.We are both saddened for your loss and if we would have found out sooner we’d have came to the service.
    May God wrap you both in his arms and give you strength & guidance during this time. Rest assured that we’ll all be reunited again someday In Heaven and the next time will be eternal.Bree,Please tell Lucille that Susan and I are thinking of you both during this difficult time.
    Lisa Littrell Bailey & Susan Willis Lindsey

  32. Lucille and Bree, I knew Debbie from Hall Fletcher Junior High School and also from my friendship with her cousin, Susan Willis. My first impression of Debbie was how lovely and gentle she was. I can still see her as she looked all those years ago, with that beautiful blonde hair. I know her tender spirit lives on in you, Bree. Though I haven’t met you, I feel by knowing your mother I can say you are a gentle and lovely creature as she was. God Bless you and your family at this time,

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