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 www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Joe Deal.