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Debra “Debbie” Lucille Gilliland, age 67

Debra “Debbie” Lucille Gilliland, a gentle and loving soul, passed away on January 30, 2024, at the age of 67. Born on May 6, 1956, in Panama City, Panama, Debbie’s life was a quiet testament to the power of love, kindness, and the deep bonds of family.

Debbie was a reminder of the beauty of quiet strength. Reserved and thoughtful, she had a way of making those around her feel heard and valued. Her gentle presence was a source of comfort and peace to her family and friends.

Debbie married her beloved husband, Dale Gilliland, on February 25, 1979, in Damascus, AR. Their life together was a journey marked by love, respect, and a commitment to family. In their home, laughter and music were constants, and Debbie’s love for her family created countless cherished memories for her children and grandchildren.

Family was the foundation of Debbie’s life. She relished the time spent playing games, enjoying music, and creating lasting memories with her children and grandchildren. Her home was a sanctuary of joy and love, a place where visitors always felt welcomed and left with a sense of warmth. All who visited could leave with a smile and a full belly.

Predeceased by her mother, Patricia Murchison, and brother, Jay Murchison, Debbie’s memory will be treasured by her husband, Dale Gilliland; father, T.J. Murchison; brother, Michael Murchison; her children, John Gilliland, April Harris, Kevin Reynolds, and Jennifer Horvath; her cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous friends.

Debbie’s life was a celebration of the joy that can be found in everyday moments and the importance of family. Her legacy is one of unconditional love and a testament to the enduring bonds of family. Her life reminds us of the power of listening, the beauty of quiet moments, and the importance of cherishing our loved ones.

A memorial in Debbie’s honor will be held at the Jacksonville Community Center, Banquet Room A, 5 Municipal Dr, Jacksonville, AR 72076, on February 20th, 2024 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to “We Are The 22,” a cause close to Debbie’s heart for its commitment to supporting veterans. Donations can be made through their website:

In memory of Debbie, let us honor her by embracing the values she held dear: love generously, cherish every moment, and always keep family at the heart of everything. Her gentle spirit and loving nature will be deeply missed but will continue to inspire those who knew her.

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


  • Cassandra Stokes Posted February 12, 2024 7:06 PM

    She will definitely be loved and missed

  • Joi Patterson Posted February 13, 2024 8:43 AM

    My deepest condolences. Debbie was a great woman. Always made everyone feel welcome. Heaven has gained an Angel.

  • Gina Murchison Posted February 13, 2024 10:23 PM

    I was so sorry to get the news of Debbie’s passing. When Mike and I first married, she welcomed me into the family with open arms. She also shared many family recipes with me. She will be missed, dearly. Continued Prayers for the entire family.

  • Teresa Gordon Posted February 17, 2024 3:29 PM

    My condolences to all her loved ones.

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