Debbie Deal

Debbie Deal, 59, passed away Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Brian Center in Waynesville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James “Pickle” Deal and grandmother Ocie Swanger.

Debbie is survived by her son, Caleb James Norton Deal of Sophia; a daughter, Amy Wilde (George) of Archdale; her parents, Joanna Neal Penland and Lewis Swanger, both of Canton; four brothers, Buz Swanger (Freda) and Darrell Swanger (Dani), both of Canton, Greg Swanger of SanAntonio, Texas and David Swanger of Sylva; a wonderful granddaughter, Payton Van Zee; along with her extended family at The Hermitage in Sylva. 

Debbie was a loving mother, grandmother and daughter. She  was adventurous and spontaneous. In her younger years she lived in Alaska. She also loved flowers, reading and she was a wonderful decorator. Above all, she loved her family, she will be dearly missed.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 4, 2016 at Smoky Mountain Chapel with the Rev. Jonathan Blaylock officiating. The family received friends prior to the service. Burial followed at the Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery, Franklin.

Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service of Clyde is caring for the family. An online registry is available at


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