Donny Clarence Deaton, 55, a lifelong resident of Lenoir City, passed away June 16, 2020, surrounded by the ones he loved most in this world.
He courageously fought a two-year battle with cancer.
Donny was a 1983 graduate of Lenoir City High School. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. Donny began his career at Charles H. Bacon Hosiery Mill. He went on to work at A.E. Staley and John Deere and finished his career at Malibu Boats.
He will be remembered by his family as a loving husband, loyal father, proud Pappy, lover of animals, farmer, avid outdoorsman and the hardest working man you have ever seen. He painstakingly tended the land on which four generations of Deatons have lived. Farming was a great joy for him and his sons will tell you that he never left a task undone.
Donny cherished and adored his wife, Trudy; she was forever his favorite person. For his sons, he was the epitome of strength and dedication. His grandchildren will always be reminded of him and how much he loved them. Donny enjoyed collecting antique guns, fishing at Citico with his sons, visiting the mountains with his wife, barbecuing with friends and bowling with the family. He loved being with his family and most of all telling stories about his father. We know he can now rest for the hard work he has done here.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Murlon Deaton and Clara Mae Franklin Deaton; and brother, John Isaac Deaton.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Trudy White Deaton; sons and daughter-in-law, Robert and Emily Deaton of Loudon and Daniel Deaton of Lenoir City; grandchildren, Elyse and Isaac Deaton; brother and sister-in-law, Ronny and Tammy Deaton; and many beloved, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and friends.
The family received friends 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 19, at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City. Funeral services followed at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Eddie Chasteen officiating. Family and friends gathered at 10 a.m. Saturday at New Providence Cemetery for graveside services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home to help with expenses.
And before you go, Donny was known to say, “Watch out for them stupid deer!”
Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, is in charge of arrangements. www.clickfuneralhome.com