September 27, 1958 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 65) 65 Years Old


Tereasa Lee (DeBree) Utter, 65, of Rogersville, Tennessee, passed away at home on January 24th, 2024, after a long-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born on September 27, 1958, in Ridgewood, NJ, to Gustave and Ardelle (Perdue) DeBree. Her family relocated to Sussex County in 1971 and settled in the Hainesville section of Sandyston Township, NJ, where she would reside until she and her husband Keith would retire and relocate to Tennessee in 2021.  Tereasa was preceded in death by her son Jamie Lee Utter (2000) whom she sorely missed every day and also both parents.  

She is survived by husband of 46 years, Keith Utter of Rogersville, eldest son Duane Utter and wife Kandice, and the two diamonds of her life, granddaughters, Marlee Bell and Blythe Trinity all of Williston, South Carolina.   She is also survived by her sisters, Peggy Edgerly and husband Dennis of Hainesville, NJ, Carrie Michele and husband Craig of Ormond Beach, FL, brothers, Bubby (Gustave) DeBree and wife Laurie of Matamoras, PA, John DeBree and wife Linda of Ormond Beach, FL.

Tereasa will surely be missed by many friends and acquaintances made throughout her life. From her earliest days working at the Hainesville store to her retiring from an administrative career in education, and also her noted time volunteering at The Newton Theater, where serving as a House Manager until relocating to Tennessee, Teresa not only made friends, but many memories as well.

A celebration of life is being planned for Spring and Tereasa will finally be resting alongside her beloved “Jamers” (Jamie) in the Walpack Cemetery, Walpack, NJ.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hawkins County Cancer Support Group, P.O. Box 253, Surgoinsville, Tn. 37873 or online at

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