Lillie Belle Deas
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AGE: 84 • Ocean Grove
Lillie Belle Deas, entered into eternal life on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Manor by the Sea Nursing Home in Ocean Grove. Belle was born on Nov. 26, 1929 in Bascom, Florida. She resided in Marianna, Florida and graduated from Marianna High School. Belle eventually relocated to the Garden State in 1947 and toiled in numerous positions over a span of 41 years. Some she particularly enjoyed included working as a nurses' assistant at Monmouth Medical Center and as a home health aide for Family and Children Services, People Care, and MCOSS Nursing Services.
Belle was also an active member of Second Baptist Church in Asbury Park for over 50 years. There, she participated in church organizations, such as the Crescent Club and the Nurses' Aide Committee. Additionally, Belle was a Worthy Matron of Unity Chapter #16 Order of Eastern Star (OES) for a number of years. While living in New Jersey, Belle met the late Reuben "Bob" Deas, and was married on April 10, 1954 until the couple divorced on Oct. 6, 1981. The two cared deeply for their seven loving children, whom Belle often spoke proudly of: Alfred "Peter" Leeks of Long Branch, Cynthia D. Deas of Ocean, Theodora Marshall (Noel) of Tampa, FL (deceased), Dennis Deas (Rose) of Oakland, CA, Janis E. Deas-Perry (Gregory) of Asbury Park, Reuben B. Deas of Asbury Park, (deceased), and Tami R. Deas-Lucas (Ronald) of Neptune. She also was just as fond of her 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Belle was predeceased her parents, the late Reverend Samuel and Annie Lee Leeks of Leesburg, FL and her siblings, Annie Maude Logan of East Orange, Lea Bowers of Asbury Park, Fauline and Joseph Leeks of Orlando, FL, and Leo and Robert Leeks of Leesburg, FL.
The viewing will be from 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2014 until the funeral services at 11 a.m. at Second Baptist Church, 124 Atkins Ave., Asbury Park. Jackson Funeral Home, Inc., 242 Neptune Blvd., Neptune, is in charge of arrangements.
Jackson Funeral Home
242 Neptune Blvd Neptune, NJ 07753
Published in Asbury Park Press on July 15, 2014