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1952 "Debbie" 2023

Deborah Kay Vinsett

May 30, 1952 — June 29, 2023


Deborah Kay "Debbie" Vinsett, beloved mother, grandmother, and sister, passed away on June 29, 2023, in Vancleave, Mississippi, at the age of 71.

She was born on May 30, 1952, in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and has been a resident of Vancleave since 2004.

Deborah was a member of Fort Bayou Family Church. She shared her spiritual journey with her children, Phillip and Virginia, who are also members of the church community. Deborah's unwavering commitment to her family was the cornerstone of her life.

Professionally, Deborah worked for Pathfinders, a program dedicated to assisting the disabled, located in Jacksonville, Arkansas. She dedicated 14 years of her career to this meaningful work, demonstrating her compassionate nature and genuine desire to help others.

Outside of her professional life, Deborah found joy in riding motorcycles and solving puzzles.

Deborah will be remembered as the epitome of a loving and caring mother. She was a best friend to her children, Phillip and Virginia, and served as the rock of the family, offering support and guidance during both joyful and challenging times. Her loving nature extended beyond her immediate family, as she always had open arms for anyone, regardless of whether they deserved it or not. Deborah's heart was filled with love and compassion for all.

Deborah was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Harold, and her father, Harold C. Whitley.

She is survived by her children, Virginia Ann Johnson and Phillip Michael Vinsett; her grandchildren, Shayna Hope Spingler and Joseph Daniel Gaw; and her great-granddaughter, Himawari Spingler. She is also survived by her companion, James Randall Ferguson; her siblings, David Whitley, Maggie Mae McClellan, and John Whitley; her mother, Grace Virginia Davis; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and other cherished family members.

Services will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2023, with visitation from 10:00 - 11:00 am, and memorial service at 11:00 am at Fort Bayou Family Church, Vancleave.

The Riemann Family Funeral Home, West Jackson County, has been entrusted with serving the family during this difficult time.

Those who wish to pay their respects and share memories are invited to visit the online obituary at

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