American Veteran 02

Thomas "Tom" Goode Deaton

March 12, 1947 ~ July 28, 2022 (age 75) 75 Years Old


Thomas Goode Deaton, age 75, of Pittsboro, died Thursday, July 28, 2022, at home following a seven-year courageous battle with prostate cancer.

Tom was born in Statesville, North Carolina on March 12, 1947, to the late Paul NcNeely Deaton, Sr., and Evelyn Goode Deaton.

Surviving relatives include his wife Deborah Jean Powell of Pittsboro, two brothers Paul McNeely Deaton, Jr. and wife Amy of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, and Fielding Gibson Deaton of Statesville, North Carolina. Also surviving are nephews Paul McNeely Deaton, III, Joshua Glenn Deaton, niece Laura Deaton Stunzi, and their families.

Tom served our country in the United States Army and was a Vietnam veteran.

Following discharge from the Army he attended and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He was loved by all for his sense of humor and infectious laugh. He enjoyed running, biking, backpacking, camping in the Smokies and western United States, dancing, sailing, reading, and getting together with friends to have a beer. Tom and Debbie were happily married for 35 years.

Tom worked at the UNC Dental Research Center as head of a dental research laboratory and built his own home in the woods in the 1970s outside Pittsboro where he and Debbie shared their married life.

There are no services planned at this time due to Covid 19 restrictions.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made in Tom’s memory to Cora Food Pantry 40 Camp Dr, Pittsboro, NC 27312, The Nature Conservancy ATTN: Treasury 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100 Arlington, VA 22203, or American Cancer Society Jerome L. Greene Family Center Hope Lodge P.O. Box 6704 Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Condolences may be made at

Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the Deaton family.


No services to be held

Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory Griffin Chapel
396 West St.
Pittsboro, NC 27312


CORA Food Pantry
P.O. Box 1326, Pittsboro NC 27312
Tel: 1-919-542-5020

The Nature Conservancy ATTN: Treasury
4245 N. Fairfax Drive Suite 100, Arlington VA 22203

American Cancer Society Jerome L. Greene Family Center Hope Lodge
P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown MD 21741


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