Deborah Bentley Gillette

  • Born: August 26, 1951
  • Died: September 3, 2020
  • Location: Hanahan, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Northwoods Chapel

2180 Greenridge Road
North Charleston, SC 29406

Tel. (843) 572.2339

Tribute & Message From The Family

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.

Condolence & Memory Journal

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 your Grandmother as well. May all of you have peace and understanding through this terrible time. Continuing to send prayers your way.

The Harvey Family
Harry G. Harvey, Brenda W. Harvey, Elyse & Amber Harvey and Dawn Harvey Kirkpatrick

Posted by Dawn Harvey Kirkpatrick - Summerville, SC - Family Friend   October 11, 2020

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.

Posted by Lecia Martin - Ladson, SC - Classmate   September 16, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the Gillette family. I have such wonderful memories of your beautiful- inside and out- wife, mother, grandmother, friend, nurturer and many other roles Debbie played in all of our lives. Love and prayers for peace, Donna DeLuca Jarrell

Posted by Donna Jarrell - Charleston, SC - Friend   September 14, 2020

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 the family in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Jerry Groover - Friend   September 12, 2020

Cleve, wanted you to know I was thinking of you and your family at this time. With love, Mrs. Joe LeNoir

Posted by Patti LeNoir    September 11, 2020

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

Posted by Wayne Gosnell - Friend   September 11, 2020

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.

Posted by Janet Cox - Acquaintance   September 10, 2020

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 high school years to take a bunch of us to his house for some of his mom’s “bodacious brownies”. I can still hear that quote in my mind today. Anyway, it’s a small memory that has lasted a long time. Take care.
David Poole

Posted by David Poole - Friend   September 10, 2020

So, so sorry to hear this. It breaks our hearts. Cleve you and the kids are in our prayers. Pastor Dale and Wanda Levan

Posted by Wanda Levan - Simpsonville, SC - Friend   September 10, 2020

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 passing. She was a very sweet Lady.
Nancy and Butch Meads

Posted by Nancy and Butch Meads - Friend   September 10, 2020

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 hearts, with his great love wherewith he loved us. Ephesians 2:4

Posted by Teresa - Friend   September 10, 2020

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 have been very dear to my heart in keeping the traditions up. You will be missed. This was a surprise to hear of your passing.

Posted by Dale Bohler - NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - Friend   September 10, 2020

We are continuing to lift the family in prayers for healing and comfort.

Posted by Aubrey and Sandra Hill - Hanahan, SC - Friend   September 09, 2020

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 years and remember you all fondly. God bless and comfort you and your family through this very difficult time. Art, Diana, Rusty and Matthew

Posted by ART Myers - North Charleston, SC - Friend   September 09, 2020

Debbie always had a warm bright smile. To the family I am sorry for your loss. Love, Teka

Posted by Teka McLaurin - North Charleston, SC - Friend   September 09, 2020

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 call at 864-649-1283. In the mean time, please know that my prayers are with you and your family. My email address is I look forward to hearing from you.
Theodora (Theo) Petersime
Berkeley Mining and Construction Co., Inc.

Posted by Theodora Petersime - Gaffney, SC - Friend   September 09, 2020

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 Burger King, where I was working, and told me that they were expecting!! I felt so special that they came there just to tell me. I will always love and miss her. My heart cracks a little bit every time I think of Cleve ,Andy and Pam. Debbie's passing has left a large hole in our family. I love all of them.

Posted by Mary and Bob Lysitt - Jacksonville, FL - Family   September 09, 2020

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 it was called Rainbow Row. I had a watercolor of Rainbow Row BriAnne LaCroix had given me and it had the artist's name on it and for some reason I thought the artist, Freda Hanna, was the name of the area. So I said something silly and Miss Debbie just said something like "Bless Your Heart, that's Rainbow Row" and we shared a really great laugh. She was very kind. I'll never forget that moment. Sending you love and condolences. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Shannon Mugford - Friend   September 09, 2020

Cleve, so sorry to hear the news about Debbie. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers!

Diane Jones

Posted by Diane Jones - Friend   September 09, 2020

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.

Posted by Karie Calhoun - Charleston, SC - Friend   September 09, 2020

She was a great lady and school mate at NCHS. She will be missed.

Posted by Ralph Calhoun - N CHARLESTON, SC - Friend   September 09, 2020

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. Prayers for you and the family.

Posted by Dick & Gail O'Brien - Friend   September 09, 2020

So very sorry for your loss! Praying that fond memories and thoughts of those who care will help sustain you as you grieve!
Dawn and Wayne Smith Families ,Ginn, Ellison and Rowland Families
All NCHS Graduates from 1963-1983

Posted by Dawn Smith - Friend   September 09, 2020

Cleve, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your wife. Hugs and prayers. ❤

Posted by Marie Fredrickson Foster - Friend   September 09, 2020

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Mayor Christie Rainwater and Hanahan City Council

Posted by A friend   September 09, 2020

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