SHELBY - Mr. Don Harold Deaton, Sr., 73, of Shelby, passed away on Jan. 26, 2013, at his residence.
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A native of Gaston County, he was the son of the late O.B. Deaton and Essie Wilson Deaton.
Mr. Deaton had actively attended Royster Avenue Church of God. He had worked and later retired from Duke Power after nearly 20 years of service. He was a Carolina Panthers fan and enjoyed watching football, NASCAR, working in the garden and spending time outdoors. He was a life-time member of the Disabled American Veterans having served in the U.S. Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Lessie Haney Wilson, who had raised him as her own from his birth; one sister, Carolyn Cowart; brother-in-law, Jack Yates.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Hattie D. Deaton of the home; four daughters, Donna Deaton Huss and husband, Keith, of Belwood, Rebecca Deaton Walters and husband, Brian, of Angier, Marie Deaton Matola and special friend, Shawn Pruitt, of Shelby and Jenny Deaton Stafford of Shelby; one son, Don Harold "Bo" Deaton Jr.; two sisters, Joyce Tatham and husband, Jack, of Shelby and Bobbie Yates of Andrews; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation: The family will receive friends at Cleveland Funeral Services Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral: Tuesday, 1 p.m., Royster Avenue Church of God
Officiating: Revs. Richard Shores, Keith Huss, Travis Mull and Jeff Marburger
Burial: Cleveland Memorial Park
Memorials: Church of God Childrens Home of NC, 3485 Orphanage Circle, Concord, NC 28027
Funeral Home: Cleveland Funeral Services & Crematory
On line condolences: www.clevelandfuneralservice.com
Published in Shelby Star on Jan. 28, 2013