STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Austin Emerson Deal, age 81, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at his residence under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice. The Bulloch County native was the son of the late Roy and Demmie Akins Deal and was a graduate of Statesboro High School. Upon graduation, Austin joined the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict and received the National Defense Service Medal. Austin loved his country and dedicated his life to its service. Following his discharge from the Army, he joined the National Guard, in which he served for the next 38 years, retiring as an E-7 seargeant first class. Austin was employed with Coca-Cola from 1958 through the mid 1970s and then began a job with Georgia Southern until 1986. From 1986 until 1992, he held a full-time position with the National Guard. In 1992, he began a new position with "Youth Challenge Program" at Fort Stewart, where he remained for 16 years.
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He was a former member of the Statesboro Men's Bowling League and a member of the "Top Five Club".
Austin was a longtime member of the Brooklet United Methodist Church.
He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, taking them fishing and traveling to the mountains. For many years, he enjoyed collecting Coca-Cola items and motorcycles. He also enjoyed his many hours spent farming.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Lillie Mae Banks; and a brother, Edmond Deal.
Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Miriam Rogers Deal of Statesboro; a son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Julie Deal of Fargo, N.D.; a daughter, Brenda Deal Albanese of Statesboro; five grandchildren, Caitlin, Christopher and Carly Deal, all of Fargo, N.D., Bridgette Blair (Jeramy) and Jacob Hodges, all of Statesboro; three great-grandchildren, Jace Austin Hodges, Bentley Blair and Eli Hodges; a niece and her husband, Gwen and Pat Blanchard of Augusta; a brother-in-law and sister–in-law, the Rev. Jim and Cheryl Rogers of Brooklet, and their family, Stephanie and Billy Lane of Glennville, Jay and Missy Rogers, Josh and Tiffany Rogers and David and Leslie Rogers, all of Statesboro; and many cousins.
Visitation will be Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
The funeral service will be Friday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Joiner-Anderson with the Rev. Jim Rogers officiating, assisted by Chaplain Nick Spletstoser. Interment, with full military honors, will be in the Brooklet City Cemetery with the Rev. Janet Odegard officiating.
Pallbearers will be Jay Rogers, Josh Rogers, David Rogers, Jacob Hodges, Christopher Deal and Jeramy Blair.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the HQ Battery of the 2nd Battalion 214th Artillery.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30459.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.
Statesboro Herald, July 24, 2014
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Published in Statesboro Herald from July 24 to Aug. 1, 2014