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Debra Kay Tenison, age 60

Debra Kay Tenison of Lonoke Ar. was born on May 25th, 1962 in Jacksonville Ar. to Geraldine (Jerry) Neal Long (Mother) and Samuel Louis Tenison (Father). On Sept. 26, 2022 Deb ended  her final chapter on this earth and turned the page. Passing away at the age of 60 she was lifted by the angels to her final home.

Deb’s life was not one of elected offices and positions; it was one of touching lives in many ways, to know her was to love her.

Raised on the family farm she helped with varied tasks from canning/preserving food to driving the tractor establishing a work ethic that carried through her entire life. She took pride in what she did and always gave it her best. Deb did not take the path of least resistance. She met the challenges of life head on and it was not always the easy path. She began her journey truck driving in 1988, no not a pick up a semi-18 wheeler, now you’re getting the picture. Proud of her farming roots she drove under the name “Farmers Daughter”. She literally drove a few million miles through all the lower 48 states, Canada and Mexico just so we could drive a few miles to town to pick up things we wanted. But she still managed to have quality time with her son Jeremy, the light of her life, as well as family and friends. She knew the roads like the back of her hand, the exits and the best mom and pop eating places no matter where it was. If you got lost all you had to do was call Deb. She was the family GPS before GPS became a thing.

She loved truck driving but the time came to get off the road and come home. She went straight into construction learning a new trade and even got her Blasting License. That’s right! She got to blow stuff up legally. She worked road construction many years where everyone knew her as “Tator”. That nickname was bestowed upon her by a wonderful supervisor who thought the world of her. It followed her from then on. When you hit that freeway, you may be looking at flowers/grass she seeded, a hill she blasted or driving over dirt she hauled. She has hauled grain, and last but not least drove a dump truck, building driveways, levies and whatever was needed. Yep, still taking care of us folks out here. So, whether you ever met her or not she probably touched your life in some way.

Nicknames seemed to get attached to her. Known as “Momma Deb” to countless individuals because she was always there to give advice, share her wisdom or just listen. She had many regulars that came for “front porch therapy” and always left happy and in a better place.

She was a one-of-a-kind soul. She was true to her faith and loved the Lord. She was loved by many had a smile for everyone and good things to say that would make their day a little brighter. Her smile was infectious and would put the sun to shame.  When she laughed, she laughed all over, she was genuine through and through. An honest, generous, giving person who never met a stranger, Deb touched the hearts of many people across the United States. Race, culture, financial status, gender or age was never an issue. She saw the world through her own eyes and treated everyone with kindness and respect.

She is preceded in death by her parents Sam and Jerry Tenison.  She is survived by her son Jeremy Tenison daughter-in-law Nikki, two grandsons J.J. and Eli, sisters Elaine Smith of Dawson Springs Kentucky and Sandra Yates (James) of Cabot Ar., one brother Richard L. Tenison (Tammy) of Gassville Ar. and her chosen sister Betty Mackey of Lonoke Ar. She will be missed by all including nieces, nephews, children of all ages and people from all walks of life.

A memorial on Saturday October 15th 2022 from 11:00am to 1:00pm will be held at Taylor Farms, 4430 Graham Road, Jacksonville, Ar. In Lieu of flowers you can make donations to or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Tricia Robinson Posted September 30, 2022 6:30 PM

    Very special lady whom I loved very much. She was and always will be my best friend. I will miss her very much but will never forget her. I have alot of special memories with her.

  • Darlene Castleberry- niece Posted September 30, 2022 8:11 PM

    She is a wonderful aunt not much older than I. She took my brother and I to our first concert – Styx. She was always the special aunt and babysitter for our growing up and believe me we were never idle with her around. I’ll never forget the countless times she’s helped me steer my life in the right direction or get through challenging times I had. There were many conversations on the porch where she lived to be. Until now I never knew she was known and loved by so very many but that does not surprise me as she welcomed everyone with kindness or hugs. I’m sad her story has ended but I know she’s is without illness, stresses or pain and for that I am deeply comforted. Mmm mmm mmm big hugs and I love you.

  • John and Dawn Kidd Posted September 30, 2022 8:16 PM

    I had the pleasure of riding with Deb to Mt. Pleasant, tx and had a wonderful conversation with her. She will truly be missed but never forgotten! R.I.L. my friend!

  • Leanne Hammonds Posted September 30, 2022 10:00 PM

    We Love you Mama Deb. RIP my friend. You are so missed! We’ll see you agin

  • Carla Nichols Posted September 30, 2022 10:55 PM

    Jeremy I’m so sorry friend or your loss, your mother was one of the nicest people I’ve ever known. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Cynthia Lattin Posted October 1, 2022 9:35 AM

    Debbie’s smile was contagious. She was always there to listen. I know the Angels are celebrating you in heaven, you will be missed more than you will ever know.

  • Ronda Helms Posted October 1, 2022 9:42 AM

    Will be dearly missed,she was a joy to talk talk to,

  • Dan and Earlene Tenison Posted October 1, 2022 10:22 AM

    Deb was a sweet cousin to me/ Always kindhearted to everyone she knew. She was like a sister when I stayer with her family in my younger age. She will be missed! Prayers for the family!

  • Boyd Valla Posted October 1, 2022 10:39 AM

    I am so sorry for family and friends, especially my loved Friend Sandy 💔
    Words are of little use in this time of sorrow.

  • Nita Colclasure Posted October 1, 2022 3:42 PM

    A light has dimmed. R I L Debbie. You will be forever missed but never forgotten.

  • Carla Posted October 1, 2022 7:11 PM

    Heaven gained another angel. That’s what Debbie was. An angel to all who knew her. Rest in love with our Lord. Will be remembered and greatly missed by all who knew her.❤️

  • Steve Miller Posted October 1, 2022 7:16 PM

    RIP Deb
    My condolences to the family, may God give you peace and comfort in this time of grieving

  • Pat Boyd Baldwin Posted October 1, 2022 8:47 PM

    So sorry for your loss!! I will be praying the Lord will hold you all close & give you the comfort you need. 🙏❤️🙏

  • Denise (Moore) Thompson Posted October 1, 2022 8:55 PM

    Rest in Peace and just know I will be looking for that smile and laugh when I get there! Shine bright for us so we can all see the way! I have no doubt your crown has many jewels to light the way!!

    I truly Loved you Deb! 💜🥰😍

  • Aaron Davis Posted October 2, 2022 5:00 AM

    Sorry for your loss. My condolences to the family. I was just home for a short vacation recently and got to see her. Her laugh was definitely contagious. I’ll miss her dearly.

  • Coleen Worcester Posted October 3, 2022 10:04 PM

    A true one of a kind. I have only been around Ms Deb a few times, but each time was always with smiles and laughter…and a few hilarious comments. You couldn’t help buy be in a great mood when she was present. Our prayers and love to her family and friends.

  • Tracy Posted October 4, 2022 10:35 PM

    My dear friend, fellow traveler, and partner in crime has been relieved of this world and taken to a place of no confusion, no pain and surrounded by angels. We took extremely long trips across the US to retrieve , return,or visit the two most important people in Debbie’s life, her grandsons. She was one of a kind for sure and if she liked you she loved you and there was no questioning that. From traveling in the spring, sunbathing in the summer, crafting in the fall to building our snow villages in the winter me and Deb always found a common ground to relate on. I will miss my friend and my condolences to her family whom I’ve grown to love as well. R.I.P. Debbie

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