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“To Cleve, Pam, Steve and Family,Our thoughts and prayers have been with you during this difficult time. Pam, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: Dawn Harvey Kirkpatrick - SC

“I am so sorry for your loss. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless and comfort you. Debbie was such a kind and gentle spirit. ”
2 of 25 | Posted by: Lecia Martin - Ladson, SC

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Gillette family. I have such wonderful memories of your beautiful- inside and out- wife, mother, grandmother,...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Donna Jarrell - Charleston, SC

“Cleve, sorry to hear of your loss. I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Deborah, but she seems to be a warm and caring person. I will keep you and...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Jerry Groover - Friend

“Cleve, wanted you to know I was thinking of you and your family at this time. With love, Mrs. Joe LeNoir ”
5 of 25 | Posted by: Patti LeNoir

“Dear Cleve I’m so sorry for your lost but you shall see her again one day . May GODS peace lay upon you during this time . Wayne Gosnell ”
6 of 25 | Posted by: Wayne Gosnell - Friend

“I am so sorry to hear about this. Mrs Debbie will be missed by so many. Mr Cleve Pam and Andy you are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
7 of 25 | Posted by: Janet Cox - Acquaintance

“Mr. Cleve, Andy and Pam,I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family. I specifically remember Andy being excited back in our young...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: David Poole - Friend

“So, so sorry to hear this. It breaks our hearts. Cleve you and the kids are in our prayers. Pastor Dale and Wanda Levan ”
9 of 25 | Posted by: Wanda Levan - Simpsonville, SC

“Cleave, Ed, Claudia, Will and Children We will be praying for your families and thinking of y’all. So sorry to learn of Debbie’s...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Nancy and Butch Meads - Friend

“Ellen was a dear friend of mine. Love her boys dearly! My condolences to Debbie’s family. May God who understands and cares, comfort your...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Teresa - Friend

“Debbie, you , your sister, and mom were in my very first teaching class at Friendship Baptist Church learning how to hand cut, piece, and quilt. You...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Dale Bohler - NORTH CHARLESTON, SC

“We are continuing to lift the family in prayers for healing and comfort. ”
13 of 25 | Posted by: Aubrey and Sandra Hill - Hanahan, SC

“Cleve, Pam and Andy, So sorry to hear of Pam's passing. She was always such a friendly and wonderful person. We were blessed to be neighbors for many...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: ART Myers - North Charleston, SC

“Debbie always had a warm bright smile. To the family I am sorry for your loss. Love, Teka ”
15 of 25 | Posted by: Teka McLaurin - North Charleston, SC

“Jean, Ed and family, I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Ed I would like to talk with you but I no longer have your phone number. Please give me a...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Theodora Petersime - Gaffney, SC

“I remember the first time Cleve brought Debbie home to meet our family. She was so beautiful and so quiet. My favorite memory is when they came into...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Mary and Bob Lysitt - FL - Family

“The first time I met Miss Debbie she had Rainbow Row wallpaper border throughout the downstairs of your family home. I loved it, but I didn't know...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Shannon Mugford - Friend

“Cleve, so sorry to hear the news about Debbie. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers!Diane Jones ”
19 of 25 | Posted by: Diane Jones - Friend

“To the Parker family:I am so saddened to hear this news. We love you all and are trusting Jesus to carry you and hold you as you grieve such a loss. ”
20 of 25 | Posted by: Karie Calhoun - Charleston, SC

“She was a great lady and school mate at NCHS. She will be missed. ”
21 of 25 | Posted by: Ralph Calhoun - N CHARLESTON, SC

“Cleve, Gail and I are so sad to hear about Deborah. Such a sweet and bubbly person. It goes without saying that she is in the arms of our dear Savior...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Dick & Gail O'Brien - Friend

“So very sorry for your loss! Praying that fond memories and thoughts of those who care will help sustain you as you grieve!Sincerely,Dawn and Wayne...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Dawn Smith - Friend

“Cleve, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your wife. Hugs and prayers. ❤ ”
24 of 25 | Posted by: Marie Fredrickson Foster

“Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely,Mayor Christie Rainwater and Hanahan City Council ”
25 of 25 | Posted by: A friend


Mrs. Deborah Bentley Gillette , 69 entered the Gates of Heaven on Wednesday, September 3, 2020 after a battle with Covid 19. A Private Graveside Service will be held at Carolina Memorial Cemetery. A celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr Northwoods Chapel, North Charleston.

Debbie is survived by Cleve, her high school sweetheart and husband of 49 years, son, Andy Gillette (Ashley) of Hanahan and daughter, Pam Parker(Steve) of Summerville, sister, Beth Hairfield(Steve) of Hanahan, brother Ed Bentley(Claudia) of Hanahan and her mom, her constant companion, Jean(Nanny) Bentley.
She is also survived by her 6 grandchildren, Rosey Gillette, Scotty Parker, Lily Parker, Dearsley Gillette, Emmylou Parker and Ruff Gillette along with many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her father, Claude Bentley and a nephew, Eddie Bentley.

Debbie was a Charter member of Cooper River Baptist Church and worked in the Children's Department for over 20 years. She also loved to decorate the Church for Christmas, Easter, showers and other special events. Debbie was the ultimate care giver, whenever someone in the family needed to be cared for from an accident to a surgery Debbie was who they asked to help. Debbie was Nanny's caregiver for the last eight years and her 24 hour caregiver for the past year. She made sure Nanny never wanted for anything. She would read the Bible to Nanny every night.
Debbie loved to quilt by hand. She and Cleve visited quilt shops across the country in order to find just the right material for the next quilt. "The best kind of sleep beneath Heaven Above is under a Quilt, handmade with Love".

Miss Debbie as she was known to so many people will be remembered as the sweet and caring person she was to everyone she met.
In lieu of Flowers memorials can be made to Water Mission or Cooper River Baptist Church.