Debra Lee (Guy) Fortner

September 23, 1956September 10, 2018
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Waynesville-Debra Lee Guy Fortner, 61, passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018, surrounded by her family and friends at Maggie Valley Nursing and Rehab. Debbi was born in Haywood County on September 23, 1956, to the late Wade and Anne Sorrells Guy.

In addition to her parents, Debbi was preceded in death by her infant son, John Michael Fortner; her brother, Bobby Guy; her sister, Beverly Guy; and her nephew, Dillan Guy.

Debbi is survived by the loves of her life, husband of 44 years, Terry, and son, Joseph Fortner (Meghan); sisters, Kathy Johnson (Otis), Sandy Fortner (Stanley), and Vondi Cunningham (Ronnie); brothers, Leslie Guy (Annette) and Anthony Guy (Ann); sister-in-law, Ailene Eavenson; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends who loved her dearly.

Debbi was a free-spirited woman who loved her family dearly and made certain they were taken care of. She would give you the shirt off her back. Debbi enjoyed spending summers at the lake, thrift store shopping, doing crafts and was a devout Alabama football fan. Her most favorite pastime was listening to her son, Joey, play music.

A Memorial Service celebrating Debbi’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 16, at Cornerstone Fellowship Church with Pastor Bob Dyer officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Green Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church and other times at the residence.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the nurses and staff at Maggie Valley Nursing and Rehab for their excellent care of Debbi.

A message of comfort may be left for the family and an online guest registry may be signed at


  • Visitation Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Memorial Service Sunday, September 16, 2018

Debra Lee (Guy) Fortner

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Shannon Barnes

September 16, 2018

Debbi I will miss your sweet smile and charm, your wicked since of humor and your warm heart. Love you pretty lady. Until we meet again...

Pat Pope

September 15, 2018

TJ and Family,

Hold tight to your memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength, and remember how much you all are loved. These words are filled with thoughts and understanding, and more than anything else, with hope that each day ahead will bring a measure of comfort. Thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

Frank Byrd

September 13, 2018

I have such wonderful memories of Debbi and all the Guy family when I was growing up. I stayed with them several afternoons for many years after school while my parents worked and had so much fun with Debbi and her sisters. Those times have ment a lot to me all these years and Debbi was a big part of that. My heart goes out to Debbi and to Terry and all of the family from cousin Frank (Buddy) and my wife Cathy.

Brian Sizemore

September 12, 2018

Terry I’m sorry for your loss. I’m still praying for you brother. Love ya. Boner

Paula Beck

September 11, 2018

I remember when I was way younger I used to get to go to Terry and Debbi's house with my parents. My sister and I would play with her Archie and Veronica dolls. I have such great memories of get togethers. I have to mention this because it was something we had picked up a few years ago. We don't share the same enthusiasm about Alabama. I am a VOLS fan. We so loved messing with each other over our teams. I loved her and will miss her. We also share a love for the lake. I will think of you often while I'm there Debbi.

Deborah Taylor Owens

September 11, 2018

God has blessed me by always giving me good friends. Different friends in different times, places and circumstances. If I were forced to rank them, I can't think of a name that could come before Debbi Guy.
Rest in peace my forever friend. You will always be loved and remembered.

Phyllis Stoll

September 11, 2018

To the family and friends of Debbie;
I am saddened by the passing of Debbie. In this world, she was a dear friend with whom I could talk, laugh, and cry. She was serious, funny, and at times troubled, but our bond as friends broke all those barriers.
In her life now, she dwells in the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. That hope (assurance) is offered to all who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior from the penalty of sin. Debbie often spoke about her life as a child of God. She knew that He walked with her through all the difficulties she experienced.
My prayer for all of Debbie’s family and friends is that you will experience the presence of God in her absence; that you will experience peace from the Holy Spirit through the difficult days ahead; that you will experience the love of the Lord Jesus Christ, a love so deep that He willingly gave His life so you could live eternally with Him. Debbie would love nothing better than to see all her family and friends walk through heaven’s gates where she will be waiting for you.

Betsy Mcmahan

September 11, 2018

Terry,Joey, all brothers, sisters,wives, husband's niece's and nephews Aunts Uncles and cousins.Im so sorry for your loss of such a loving,unique kind, stronge,humble,smart,talented beautiful person.She will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.My time with her, in her happy place was at Chattug, last summer.Id never amagaian she could sew,not just sew, build, made these beautiful eggs that looked like they came out of a magazine, loved to go to thrift and yard sells What couldn't she do?Anything was impossible for her to do.Debbie, I love you, we all will be reunited againYouve got your Angel wings soar high Debbie Soar high your at peace no more pain .Terry ,Joey and Family, my prayer of Gods love, strength, comfort,faith, hope Grace all of you in your hour of need.All my love to each of you, I'm here if you need me and if I can do anything for you, give me a call. The Arrington Family