Debra Ann Dennison
1962 - 2022
Debra Ann Dennison, 60, of Mocksville, NC was called home to be with the Lord, on Saturday July 23,
2022. Debbie was born to the late Betty Smith and Jessie Wyse on July 5, 1962 in Winston-Salem, NC.
She was a Homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She was an animal lover, enjoyed crafting, and spending
time with her grandchildren.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, Betty Smith and Jessie Wyse, brother Gary Wyse, and
brother Alan Wyse.
Debbie is survived by husband Andy Dennison of Mocksville, NC, son Stephen Dennison and wife Allison
of Cooleemee, NC, daughter Jackie Weist and companion Gary of Mocksville, NC, sister, Lynn Leonard of
Lexington, NC, brother David Wyse and wife Marylou formerly of Winston-Salem, NC, brother Robbie
Wyse of Mocksville, NC; 6 grandchildren: Gracie, Kallie, Benjamin, Samuel, Chloe, and Tyler; a host of
nieces and nephews; additional family Tracy, Brandy, Michael, Sean, and Nathan; and special pet Flower.
Debbie was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be lovingly missed.
Per Debbie’s wishes, she has been cremated. Her life will be celebrated by her family at a later date.
Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages with the family may do so by visiting
Affordable Cremations at www.affordablecremationswsnc.com
I will miss you more than anyone could imagine… Life was not always easy but we had each other.. I would carry you in my heart always. Love you .
What a beautiful person, she is loved and will be missed by so many of her family and friends. I am sure she dancing in heaven with all of the family members she has been missing all these years.
You’re a firecracker of a woman! You knew how to cut up and you always made me laugh so hard! Even when you weren’t feeling your best, you tried so hard to look after others. You loved fiercely and cared deeply, and I’ll always admire you for that!
You gave me “the best part of you,” Stephen, and I’ll always be grateful to you for inviting me into your family, and for accepting me as one of your own. Thank you and Andy for raising Stephen to be a kind, considerate, thoughtful, loving man; for calling him and checking on him as often as you did; for cheering him on during college; and for being so understanding when he was busy with course work. I know how proud of him you are! Thank you for staying on him to be healthy, and for helping me convince him to see the doctor when he’s ill, because he sure can be stubborn, like you and Andy. I know some people would say these are normal things for moms to do, but I am so grateful for doing your best to show him you cared. I promise that I will take care of Stephen and be there for him. He is handling this as best as he can, but he’s struggling a bit. He loves you so much! You know how he is though, keeping things in. We’re getting through this, but I wish we didn’t have to!
I am trying my best to help everyone take care of Pops, and stay on him like you would. I know how worried you were about him, and saying how he’s always working so hard! I’m bringing the babies to see him as often as I can, trying to keep him company. He misses you something fierce. To say this is hard on him is an understatement. Thank you for loving him the way you did. I know yall didn’t always get along, and even though yall had a special way of communicating, there was so much love shared. I don’t know what he’s going to do with himself, but I promise that we will all do our best to take care of him, for you.
Being your daughter-in-law has been one of my greatest joys. Watching you spend time with our children, Gracie, Kallie, Jamie, and Sammy, and loving them the way you do will continue to be several of my most cherished memories. You were the best Granny theses kiddos could have asked for. My kids were so lucky to have 2 grandmothers who loved them as much as I do. I don’t know how we are going to get through this, not seeing you every weekend. We missed so much with COVID, and were just now making up for lost time. I tell the kids every day how much you love them, how much you miss them. I am so glad you got to meet Samuel before you went home to heaven, and I am so thankful for the time you got to cuddle him and love on him. Even though he won’t remember because he’s so little, he’ll know how much you loved him. All of these babies will know how much you loved them, cared about them, and adored them. I promise that we’ll keep you alive in our hearts, and continue loving you always. I know how much you enjoyed being a Granny to Chloe, Tyler, Gracie, Kallie, Benjamin, and Samuel, and your bonus grandbabies Nathan and Sean. So many times you told me that you lived for these babies. I know they meant everything to you. You were one of their very best friends, and they’re so heartbroken they can’t play with Granny, or see you, or call you anymore. I’m giving them all extra love and cuddles for you.
Thank you for loving me as your own daughter, Mom. I cannot tell you how much I already miss you, I am devastated! Even considering your health issues, this was too sudden and is such a shock! I am heartbroken. For the past 14 years I’ve been blessed to have two moms, and I’m grateful for everything you’ve ever done for us! I know you were proud of me. I just wish I could have done more.
Thank you for caring about my Momma, Tracy, for loving her, and being her good friend; she loves you, and she misses you so much right now! She’s a bit lonely now. I’m giving her extra hugs for you too. Thank you for loving my brother Michael, and his wife Brandi, and their children, Nathan and Sean. I’m grateful that you loved Nathan and Sean as you did your own grandchildren.
Thank you for introducing me to our West Virginia family, and my sister-in-law Jackie. I had never felt so accepted and felt so much love before. For the longest time it was just me, my mom, and my brother. My family grew almost overnight, and I have you to thank for that.
I am so proud of you. I’m so thankful that you fought to be here for as long as you did. I cannot stand the fact that I’ll never hear you calling me, and that I’ll never get to share a hug with you. All I want is one more day. I wish we had gotten the chance to say goodbye. Death is cruel, and most oftentimes comes unannounced. If we’re being honest though, if I had known beforehand, I wouldn’t have let you go.
You had a way with your love and made others feel accepted and cared for. So many friends are missing you. Several people at Sunset are heartbroken and missing you. There are so many people who call you Mom, because you opened your heart to them, and made a safe space. You never try to change people, you love them for them. You are a special lady and you’ve touched so many lives, with your big heart and feisty spirit. You are going to be deeply missed.
I love you so so much Mom!
I still recall my first memory of my youngest sister Deborah who later became known to the family as “Dabbo”. Nothing in her life was ever easy, including her birth. Her introduction to the family came in the most unusual way, it was through a news article in the local newspaper with a grainy black and white picture of my mother in the hospital, sitting in a rocking chair with a bundled blanket in her lap with a little face poking out. I was never sure what the article was actually about but I believe it was about a rare blood disorder and the blood transfusion on a new born.
Most of my memories of Debbie are those of when we were children. She would talk rapidly and excitedly nonstop but with little sense so we called her “jabbo” short for jabber later it just began Dabbo. She was only seven years old when I left the family to find my way in the world. Over the years I heard from family members of her struggles and especially of the twins that left her heart forever torn.
I’m sorry to have missed out on the years of seeing Debbie grew up and become a woman and a mother to Stephen. Her marriage to Andy lasted longer than most lifetimes. Although stormy at times they’ve always managed to go back to their normal everyday lives.
Her faith, her GOD and her religion were her own. At the end of life’s journey we all find eternal rest.
Sleep well my baby sister. Rest in Peace Dabbo. Your big brother
Andy and family I am so sorry for your loss. Debbie was a one of a kind wonderful person. She was a true friend that I will miss dearly. I have missed living at sunset and drinking coffee every morning with Debbie more than anyone will ever know. In my darkest night the night my husband died Debbie was there and stayed with me til morning. That was just Debbie always there to lend a hand when anyone was in need. Debbie I will miss you until we meet again keep the coffee hot!! Love you my dear friend
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