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Joseph “Joe” Harlen Deal

Joseph “Joe” Harlen Deal

Joseph “Joe” Harlen Deal, 74, of Taylorsville, passed away at Valley Nursing on June 28, 2018.

Joe was born October 2, 1943, in Alexander County, to Robert Partee Deal, Sr. and Ona Estelle Kerley Deal.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Clara Jean Deal Austin; a brother, Michael Keith Deal; and two granddaughters, Lydia Grace and Hannah Renae.

Joe was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Although stricken at a young age with polio, Joe was not deterred by his disability and was very active in the Sugarloaf Volunteer Fire Department, being a charter member and founder in 1974. Joe was a fireman, driver, pump operator and had served in numerous capacities, Lieutenant, Captain, and Assistant Chief.

He was employed by Deal Motor Company as a mechanic and also was a loom mechanic at Schneider Mills. In addition to the Sugar Loaf Volunteer Fire Dept., he was a member of the Alexander County Fireman’s Association, and the Post Polio Support Group.

Joe is survived by his wife, Phyllis; two sons, Rayford Deal (Paula) of Taylorsville, and Joey Deal (Sabrina) of Brevard; a daughter, Amy D. Sprinkle (Eric) of Taylorsville; two brothers, Roger Deal (Linda) of Taylorsville, and Robert P. Deal, Jr. (Thea) of Taylorsville; two sisters, Coleen D. Mullis (Connie) of Statesville, and Brenda D. Lowe (James) of Taylorsville; and a grandson, Joseph Smithey of Taylorsville.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Pleasant Hill Church Road, Taylorsville. Rev. Chris Goforth and Rev. Shane Greene will officiate. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sugar Loaf Fire Dept. Building Fund, 3564 NC Hwy 16 N, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or to Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Ln, Taylorsville, NC 28681.

Condolences may be e-mailed to the Joseph “Joe” Deal Family by visiting our website at

Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Joe Deal.


  1. Charles & Linda Kerley Lyttle on June 29, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Dear Phyllis, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband Joe. Our prayers and love are with you and your sweet family. I cannot imagine life without my Charlie. I remember Joe was friends growing up with some of my brothers when I was a little kid. I remember him being a very nice person, a determined person who didn’t ever let his handicap rule his life. He was a great example to us all. I am sure not only you, but everyone will miss him dearly.
    It has been years since you and I were in school together. Even though we moved away 45 years ago we still miss seeing our classmates and our friends in Taylorsville. I think of you often and really miss our carefree school days. So many of our classmates have graduated to heaven. To name just a few: Betty Sue Kerley, Faye Jolly, Walter Auton and I’m not sure who else. Please call me at (919) 202 7764 so we can catch up on our lives. E-mail me at You are in our prayers Phyllis. Friends Forever, Linda Kerley Lyttle

  2. Floyd Fox on June 30, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    My sincere condolences go out to the family of this very unselfish man for his community service to the good people of the Sugarloaf Community and Alexander County as a volunteer firefighter. I did not personally know Joe, but am sure he will be sorely missed by all who did have the privilege of knowing such a fine man. I am very saddened to learn of your and Alexander County’s loss.

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