J.T. Deaton, age 80, of Blue Ridge, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2018. Born on February 27, 1938 in Fannin County, he was the son of the late Baxter Curtis and Lula Belle Colwell Deaton. He worked as a heavy equipment operator and diesel mechanic for McDougal Construction. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Sue Norton Deaton; brothers, Baxter, Bill, Bob, Ted and Howard “Bo” Deaton.
He is survived by his son, Gary Deaton of Blue Ridge; sister, Betty Bell of Blue Ridge; and special sister-in-law, Donnie Mae Norton of Blue Ridge.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, December 28, 2018, at 11 a.m., from Akins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jess Posey officiating.
Interment followed in the Sugar Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors provided by the North Georgia Honor Guard. Speck Callihan, Travis Norton, Jason McClure, William McClure, John McClure and Jimmy Underwood served as pallbearers. Benny McClure served as honorary pallbearer.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of the arrangements.