Mr. Fred Hyams Deaton Jr., 88, of Statesville, N.C., passed away Friday, January 24, 2020, at Atrium Health Pineville in Charlotte, N.C.

Mr. Deaton was born September 14, 1931, in Statesville and was the son of the late Fred Hyams Deaton Sr. and Jane Elizabeth Sherrill Deaton. He was an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Statesville High School. He attended Davidson College and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. On November 22, 1958, he married the late Gwendolen Gemmell Deaton, who passed away in March 2015. He was the Executive VP and a Director of The Statesville Flour Mills, and served as an executive officer of Carolina Motor Co. and Deaton Brothers. He served on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Statesville prior to its acquisition by BB&T in 1970. Subsequently, he served on the Board of Directors of BB&T from 1971 to 1996. He also served on the Board of Directors of Home Federal Savings and Loan of Statesville and Iredell County Planning Board.

Mr. Deaton was involved in a host of charitable and community organizations, including Grandfather Home for Children, Mitchell Community College and Lees McRae College. In addition, he was a long-time class agent at Davidson College.

He is survived by two sons, Frederick Sherrill Deaton (Barrie) of Winston-Salem and Robert White Deaton (Gaither) of Charlotte; one daughter, Margaret MacGregor Deaton of Blowing Rock and Nashville, Tenn.; three grandsons, Thomas Eggleston Deaton of Kure Beach, N.C., Robert Alexander White Deaton of Charlotte, and James Whitaker Ballou Deaton of Charlotte; a niece, Louise Price Holland (Gene) of Durham; a nephew, John Furman Price of Wilmington; and a host of extended family members.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at First Presbyterian Church. The family will visit with friends in the church parlor following the service. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church or the Deaton-Sherrill Scholarship Fund at Davidson College, P.O. Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Fred Deaton Jr.

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