Cartha D. Deke DeLoach - HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC - Cartha D. Deke DeLoach, a civic leader former Deputy Director of the FBI, and Corporate Vice President with PepsiCo, Inc and local banker, died March 13th at 9 p.m.from natural causes. He was 92 years of age. A native of Claxton, Georgia, he graduated from Stetson University in 1942. He also attended Stetson Law School. While in college he played varsity football and was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, and the Stetson Debating Team. After graduation, he entered the FBI at twenty-one years of age, the youngest applicant to be accepted in the Agent ranks. After a brief service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he reentered the FBI and rapidly rose through the ranks to Agent-Supervisor, Inspector, Special Agent in Charge, Assistant Director, and Deputy Director to J. Edgar Hoover. He is credited with supervising many of the FBI's toughest cases. After twenty-eight years in FBI service, he retired and immediately became Vice resident of PepsiCo, Inc. He remained in that capacity for fifteen years. He then retired and moved to Hilton Head Island, SC. Mr. DeLoach served on many corporate boards. He was Chairman of The J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, 1973-2007, and was instrumental in awarding many college scholarships to deserving men and women. He was awarded four Gold Medals from the Freedoms Foundation for outstanding civic work. He was recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from Stetson University and elected to that institution's Hall of Fame; the American Legion's Man of the Year award; as well as the Man of the Year for the Hilton Head Hospitality Association. He received the Humanitarian Award from the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI in 2005. He was given the Alice Glenn Doughtie Award by Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce for outstanding civic service, as well as the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civic award by former Governor Beasley. He served as founding Chairman of the Hilton Head Council for the Arts for ten years and after devoting much time, his efforts largely resulted in the building of what is now known as The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. He remained Chairman Emeritus of the Center until his death. He was Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Marketing Committee of the Heritage Classic Foundation for over ten years. He was founding Chairman of two highly successful banking operations on Hilton Head Island and involved in activities at Holy Family Catholic Church for many years. Mr. DeLoach is survived by his wife of sixty eight years, Barbara Owens DeLoach; three daughters: Barbie, Theresa, and Sharon; and four sons: Deke, Jr., Tom, Greg, and Mark. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church at 1 PM on Saturday, March 16, 2013. A private burial will follow at Six Oaks Cemetery, Sea Pines, Hilton Head Island, SC The Island Funeral Home and Crematory Savannah Morning News March 15, 2013 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.
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Published in Savannah Morning News on Mar. 15, 2013