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Everett Deal

Buddy Deal

Tuesday, March 16th, 1948 - Saturday, October 24th, 2020
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Obituary

Everett Coleman “Buddy” Deal, Jr. passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Atrium Health-Cabarrus surrounded by his two loving sons. He was a lifelong North Carolinian born in Concord to the late Everett Coleman Deal, Sr. and Ivoyne Whisnant Deal on March 16, 1948. A proud Concord Spider, Buddy excelled in many sports, but it was his talent in football that earned him a scholarship to play at Catawba College. From his late teens, Buddy loved spending his summers lifeguarding at N. Myrtle Beach, prompting a lifelong passion for beach music, shagging, shell collecting, and hanging with friends “down on OD.” While in college, Buddy joined the ROTC, which was followed by his service for the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War. After his honorable discharge, Buddy continued his service to the community through countless volunteer hours at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County, Jaycees, Kiwanis Club and Concord High Boosters Club.

Having a few different career paths as a young man, Buddy ultimately found his strengths and passion were best suited working as a general contractor, becoming the “go-to guy” in his specialty. While work was a huge priority, his true purpose was his family. Growing up in Buddy's household was never dull and no guest ever left hungry. Buddy was also a firm keeper of traditions and always one to celebrate special occasions. He lovingly wrapped presents in newspaper comics for birthdays, hid eggs with cryptic rhymes for Easter, and drove up to the NC mountains after Thanksgiving each year to chop down a “real” Christmas tree. During their formative years, Buddy made sure that his sons’ lives were mentally and morally enriched by the same life-lessons he had learned on the football field and spending his summers working at Camp Spencer. Football remained a deep passion throughout his life, and Buddy never missed an opportunity to give his boisterous opinion at every Concord High, South Carolina and Appalachian State football game. His only regret is that they didn’t listen to him more.

Left with a wealth of love and memories are his two sons and families; Lee and Marie Deal of Concord and Drew and Emily Deal of Nashville, TN. He relished his role as Pappy to Silas “Big Si” and Annabelle “Annabelly” Deal and we have no doubt he will be keeping an eye on their shag technique. Buddy is also survived by his longtime companion, Rosemary Goodman whom he loved dearly.

To honor his memory please remember Buddy fondly the next time you’re decorating a Christmas tree, cheering the Spiders on to V-I-C-T-O-R-Y, or soaking up the sun at the beach with those you love. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County, PO Box 1405, Concord, NC 28026.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 29, at the Wilkinson Funeral Home, 100 Branchview Dr NE. If you would like to stop by and say hello to the family, a visitation will begin at 10:30am, followed by a celebration of his life at 12:00pm in the Chapel. Buddy will be laid to rest with full military honors alongside his parents at Green Lawn Cemetery in China Grove, NC after the service.

If you have a story of Buddy to share, we'd love to hear them all. To share a memory or send a condolence to his family please visit www.wilkinsonfuneralhome.com.

Wilkinson Funeral Home is assisting the Deal family.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 | 10:30am - 12:00pm
    When
    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Wilkinson Funeral Home
    Address
    100 Branchview Dr. NE
    CONCORD, NC 28025
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  • Service

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    When
    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 12:00pm
    Location
    Wilkinson Funeral Home
    Address
    100 Branchview Dr. NE
    CONCORD, NC 28025
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  • Interment

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 |
    When
    Thursday, October 29th, 2020
    Location
    Greenlawn Cemetery
    Address
    1769-1845 S Main St.
    China Grove, NC 28203
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Mary Anne Steele

Posted at 07:55pm
CONCORD HAS LOST A LOYAL SON WHO ADDED FUN TO EVERY OCCASSION. i WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL WITH HIM; HE WORE LOAFERS WITHOUT SOCKS. THE BETTER TO SHAG. His constant friend was the late Dale Readling who tragically died in a home accident. Buddy wore his letter jacket at every opportuniity. His mother would regale clients at Dr. HARRELL'S DENTAL OFFICE WITH BUDDY'S ANTICS. SHE SPOILED HIM SO. HE SPREAD JOY. Rosemary told me he could make a trip to a video store halarious
I am so glad they had years together. To his sons, your FATHER WAS AN ORIGINAL AND SO PROUD OF YOU BOTH. wITH SINCERE SYMPATHY, MARY IRVIN PLUMMER JOE AND wADE ALSO EXTEND THEIR SYMPATHIES.
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Your Concord girls

Posted at 07:47pm
Thinking of you all! With love, Kristen, Christine, Alice, Heather, Emily, Lindsay, & Amy
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Terry & Judy Peacock

Posted at 08:36pm
Lee, Drew, and Family,
Our hearts are so heavy for you all. Your Dad was a great man and will always hold a special place in our hearts. May you find peace and comfort in the days and weeks ahead. We will continue to lift you all up in prayer. Terry, Judy, and Family
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John and Cindy Hudson

Posted at 07:31pm
With heartfelt condolences,
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karen Basinger Jones

Posted at 03:20pm
When I was little Buddy used to babysit me and brother and sister. I used to love when he would watch us- he was so much fun. He was like an older brother to us. Our family spent many Thanksgiving and Christmas Eves with Buddy and parents (Maw and Pappy). He was always so full of life and got so much joy out of life. I will always remember him with fond memories.
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