Richard Wellington "Dick" Deason
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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. Richard Wellington "Dick" Deason, passed away Dec. 2, 2010, in Johnson City, Tenn. He was born in Birmingham, Ala. on Jan. 15, 1932, the oldest son of the late Ernest Plato and Cynthia Sellers Deason.

He graduated from Ensley High School and Birmingham Southern College. He then served in the U.S. Army in South Korea from 1953 to 1955, where he worked at Radio Station Vagabond in Seoul with the American Forces Network. He married Mary Frances Carter in 1956 and spent his entire career in broadcasting, having worked at several stations in the Birmingham area.

He was Executive Director of the Alabama Broadcasters Association for several years in the 1970s, and taught broadcasting at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he received his Masters degree in broadcasting. He retired from WBHM public radio at University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1996, after which he worked for the Birmingham Music Club.

Dick was a longtime member and past president of the Birmingham Civitan Club. He was active in local theater in Birmingham for many years, and in later years was a member of the Seasoned Performers and the Seasoned Readers.

Dick and Fran moved to Johnson City, Tenn. in 2007 to be close to their daughter, Andi, who teaches at East Tennessee State University.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Anna Chapman; and a brother, Bill Deason.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Deason of the home; one daughter, Andrea "Andi" Clements of Johnson City; five grandchildren of Johnson City; a brother, Dr. Mel Deason of Birmingham, Ala.; two sisters, Jane Bryant and Cindy Sfakianos, both of Birmingham, Ala.

A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at Mt. Home National Cemetery. Family and friends are asked to assemble at Morris-Baker Funeral Home to leave in procession by 1:30 p.m. The service will be under the direction of Dr. Mel Deason.

Online condolences are available at

In charge of arrangements: Morris – Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37601 or (423) 282-1521.

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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Dec. 6, 2010.
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December 13, 2010
worked with dick on several projects...a wonderful man!
December 12, 2010
Dick Deason was a gentleman in every way. I am so fortunate to have known and worked with him for many years in The Seasoned Performers as an actor, a reader, an advisor, a writer and a fund raiser. His talent and dedication were huge as were his humor and humanity. Dick also worked with my mother at the Alabama Broadcasters Association and his kindnesses to her were much appreciated. He is remembered with great affection and gratitude by many.
Martha Haarbauer
December 10, 2010
I worked with Dick at WBHM in the late 1970's and into the early 1980's. His relaxed style, sense of humor and certainly his great radio voice were refreshing. He was a good fit for the station. He and I maintained a sporadic e-mail correspondence after I moved to Maine. I wish there had been more conversations.
Les Myers
December 7, 2010
My condolences to the family. Dick gave me my first paying job in broadcasting at WBRC Radio in 1969--a summer job working the all-night shift. I also ran in to him again in the 1990's when I volunteered at WBHM. Even though I knew him only briefly, he made a unique and lasting impression on me and I never forgot him. The world, and particularly the world of broadcasting, has lost one of the good guys. Thank you for sharing him with all of us.
Kevin Smith
December 7, 2010
Dick helped me to get my 2nd job in radio. He was a wonderful, and pleasant, man with whom I always enjoyed conversations. A true professional in every sense of the word and will be missed.
Lee Masters
December 6, 2010
I am sorry to read of Dick's passing. He and I worked together at WBRC/WERC radio in Birmingham from late 1968 until late 1972. At the time, Dick was Program Director and I occupied the midday (10a.m.-2p.m.) on-air slot.
I always thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Dick, and though I left Birmingham in 1973, I have thought of him often, over the years.
Rest in peace Richard, and God's blessings to your family.
Bill (Shannon) Sellier
December 6, 2010
The world has lost a very fine, multi-talented man. He was a gifted broadcaster, writer, speaker, actor,teacher and humanitarian. As a broadcaster, he had one of the finest voices in radio. As a teacher, he trained many students for the Communication field. As a writer, speaker and actor, he wrote and performed many plays. While at WBHM, he was instrumental in raising thousands of dollars to support Public Radio. As a grandfather, he showed tremdous love and pride in his offspring. Dick loved people and had a great deal of compassion for Special Needs individuals, finding joy in helping with Special Olympics and Civitan projects. The passing of Dick Deason leaves a large vacancy in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. He will not be forgotten. A a victim of Parkinson's Disease, he longed for a cure. It would surely have pleased him had he known he was remembered by friends who loved him and who donated to a fund to find a cure for PD. Mary Jo
Mary Jo Deaver
December 6, 2010
Dick Deason was an outstanding individual in many ways. He was truly gifted as a broadcaster, writer, actor, organizer, teacher,and speaker to name only a few of his many qualities. He was kind and compassionate...a lover of people. He enjoyed working with Civitan and was delighted to work with Special Olympics as an official "hugger. Throughout his life he performed numerous acts of kindness that he modestly kept to himself. Dick Deason will be missed but will never be forgotten.
Mary Jo Deaver
December 6, 2010
I knew Dick from his days at the University of Alabama teaching and as head of the Alabama Broadcasters Association. He had a great personality and was so good in his dealing with students. There was a time when working in radio was fun and the people associated with the stations enjoyed their work. Dick was at his best during those days and one of the most polished announcers that ever graced the Birmingham airways. One of the good guys of radio from another day. God Bless the family in this time of loss.
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