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