Deborah Whitlow Sherrill

December 23, 1949 - January 16, 2024


Obituary For Deborah Whitlow Sherrill

Deborah Whitlow Sherrill, 74 of Raleigh, passed away January 16, 2024.

Deborah was born in Greensboro, NC on December 23, 1949 to Lawrence and Annirene Whitlow. She graduated with honors from Page High School and graduated from East Carolina University where she was an active member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. While in college, she met Jack David Sherrill at a party in Greensboro where she was visiting friends. Upon graduation, she moved to Richmond, Virginia working in hospital administration. Soon after, she began working in medical device sales and later pharmaceutical sales. She was the first female pharmaceutical sales representative in the state of Virginia. In rural areas, she had her grandfather, a good Virginian, accompany her on sales calls.

In 1977, at Hayes Barton Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC, she married the love of her life, Jack Sherrill and moved to Raleigh following their marriage because Jack had started VIP Formal Wear in Raleigh, NC. Together, they welcomed their daughter, Leslie Sherrill, and raised her in Raleigh. Deborah continued her career in pharmaceutical sales and began working for Roche Pharmaceuticals where she worked for more than thirty years. She was a devoted mom, active in everything her daughter did including Moms in Prayer at Ravenscroft School and traveling and attending swim meets.

Deborah is preceded in death by her beloved father, her brother Kenneth Childers of Spartanburg, SC, and her mother. She is survived by her husband, Jack Sherrill of Raleigh, NC, her daughter Leslie Bolick and son-in-law Tate Bolick of Charlotte, NC and grandchildren Elizabeth Sherrill Bolick and Tate Daniel Bolick, Junior.

Services will be held on Tuesday, January 30, at Renaissance Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 11:00 AM, with a Funeral Service at 1:00 PM. Burial will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.


30 Jan


11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Renaissance Funeral Home 7615 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27615 Get Directions »
30 Jan

Funeral Service

01:00 PM

Renaissance Funeral Home 7615 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27615 Get Directions »
30 Jan


02:30 PM

Raleigh Memorial Park 7501 Glenwood Avenue Raleigh, NC 27612 Get Directions »
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  • January 31, 2024

    Jack, I remember when you and Deborah came over for dinner at Gary And my house a long time ago. Deborah had just lost her brother. I know it was hard for you both. It sounds like you both have had a good life. You were a good friend to Gary, who passed in 2009. I am sorry for your loss. Kim Dixon

  • January 31, 2024

    Jack and Leslie, I am so sorry to hear about Deborah's passing. I will always treasure the times we had together when we lived in Raleigh. She was such a special friend! Sending you thoughts and prayers

  • January 30, 2024

    Sending my deepest sympathy to the family. I have many fond memories. She was a great neighbor and friend.

  • January 30, 2024

    Mr. Sherrill and Leslie— I am so blessed to have known Mrs. Sherrill and will always cherish the memories from my time in Raleigh. You all welcomed me into your home like one of your own, and Mrs. Sherrill always made sure I had the best dinners. While at work, I looked forward to our chats and spending time together. The food was amazing, and I had so much fun! I loved watching Mr. and Mrs. Sherrill together, wonderful examples of what marriage and a true partnership should look like. I love you all and send all the best. Love, Haley Johnson(Price)

  • January 23, 2024

    Jack and Leslie - we are, like you, devastated by the loss of Deborah. She exuded grace and charm, was so devoted to you both, and so in love with her grandchildren. We are blessed to have memories of our friendship and many fun times together. Her laugh was infectious. We will miss her terribly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Julie & George


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