Bobby Neal Deaton, 74 of Shelby, passed away at his home on July 6, 2021. Bobby was born on October 8, 1946 in Catawba County to the late Neal and Bonnie Lail Deaton. Bobby was a woodworker in the furniture industry for most of his life. He was very industrious and a jack of all trades. Bobby was always working during his life. He loved music. Bobby played lead guitar and bass. For many years he sang with the gospel group, "The Evangelistics". The group included Bobby, his wife Patricia and her family. His favorite singer was John Denver. Bobby was a father figure to many and dedicated to his family. He always said "My children are my legacy". Bobby loved spending time with his children. Watching movies was a favorite past time. Star Wars was one of his all-time favorites. Bobby loved hotdogs, hot or cold, and summer sausage and cheese was a favorite snack.
In addition to his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by one son, Bobby Neal Deaton, Jr., one brother, James Arthur Deaton, and two sisters; Marjorie Dorothea Thompson and Bonnie Janita Deaton.
Bobby is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Patricia McMahan Deaton, four sons; Anthony Larkin Deaton, Charles Michael Deaton, David Brandon Deaton, and Johnathan Alexander Deaton, three daughters; Caroline Michelle Beck, Athena Rebekah Clark, and Alene Nicole Parks, four brothers; William Baxter Deaton, Raymond Martin Deaton, Roy Andrew Deaton, and Peter Alton Deaton, one sister, Pamela Deaton Halsten, twenty-nine grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and host of other cherished relatives and friends.
The Deaton family will receive friends from 1:00 - 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at Goodin-Drum Funeral Home in Maiden. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 11, 2021 in the chapel of Goodin-Drum Funeral Home. Rev. Derwin Greeson will officiate. Interment will follow at Lawings Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery in Maiden.