Jeffrey Alan Deal

31 octobre 196328 août 2021

Jeffrey Alan (“AJ”) Deal, 57, died of medical complications on August 28, 2021, while in Havelock, NC. His beloved wife, Edith, was by his side.

Jeffrey was born October 31, 1963 in Winston Salem, NC. He graduated from Loyalsock Township High School in Williamsport, PA, where he was an honor student, played basketball, was drum major in the band, and was active in Boy Scouts and the Lutheran church youth group. He then continued his education at Pennsylvania State University, graduating in 1987 with a degree in Architectural Engineering. For over 33 years, “AJ” worked for Heery International, managing many construction/renovation/assessment projects in the public sector, including hospitals, schools, and industries, from the Bronx to Fort Lauderdale, and from Charleston to Houston and Dallas. He returned to NC to help oversee work on the Wake County Justice Center and the Raleigh Performing Arts Center, and he took special satisfaction serving as senior project manager on the new downtown Raleigh Convention Center. Jeffrey had a true engineer’s mind, not only solving problems but helping others to understand their nature. He went the “extra mile” as an advocate for his clients, who treasured his dedication and devotion. He was also a mentor to younger engineers, providing encouragement and a model of professional service and personal integrity. Jeffrey especially enjoyed gatherings with Penn State friends and with family at the Outer Banks. Christmas was always a special time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Edith Karoly of Garner, NC; parents Claude V. and Elizabeth (Herion) Deal of Durham; brothers Brian (and Lisa) of Pennsylvania, and Douglas (and Teri) of Virginia; as well as nieces Paige and Victoria, nephew Tyler, step-daughter Andrea, stepson Michael, step-grandchildren Stellan and Josephina, his aunts Mary and Sherry, and numerous cousins from the Setzer, Herion, and Deal clans. Jeffrey exhibited a deep affection for and loyalty to friends and family, rooted in his own quiet spirituality and reflected in a favorite quote he learned from his grandmother Deal: “Do the best you can; the angels can do no better.”

A celebration of Jeffrey’s life will be held Sunday, September 26 at 2:00 pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Chapel Hill. We ask that all in attendance wear masks. Contact family for the live-streaming link.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jeffrey’s honor to SPCA of Wake County (200 Petfinder Lane; Raleigh, 27603) or to Lutheran Disaster Response (P.O. Box 1809; Merrifield, Va. 22116).

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.brownwynneeastmillbrook.com for the Deal family.



Jeffrey Alan Deal


Cheryl Cain-Gregory

26 septembre , 2021

Wow, where do I begin?!! To all of you Deals, on behalf of myself and my entire family (brother, Brian and sister-in-law, Theresa and mother, Faylene) please accept our heartfelt condolences in Jeff’s passing! I cannot tell you the shock and sadness I had when I got the message from our mutual friend Candy Doebler-Nonemaker! Mom and I watched the Livestream of his Memorial Service today. It was lovely! Hugs and healing prayers coming your way!

Jeff and I go way back becoming good friends at Four Mile Elementary and, as I mentioned in a comment on Facebook, often getting mutual boy & girl awards at school ceremonies and/or graduations throughout Jr. High and High School. As our friendship continued to grow and deepen, it was only fitting that we became a couple! I loved that guy! He was seriously the kindest, most considerate, loving person you’d ever want to meet. He made everyone around him better just by knowing him. In high school, not only were he and I members of the National Honor Society and Class officers (VP and President), we also participated in many mutual clubs and activities — The Bull Society Speech & Drama Club, Key Club, choir and me, a cheerleader, watching and admiring his mad skills as a trumpeter and Drum Major, and cheering him on during Loyalsock’s exciting basketball games!! Our Sr. year, I was so proud that I was asked to begin those home games by singing the National Anthem to a gym full of Lancer fans!! Although our lives took us in separate directions, those memories will always be close in heart and my dear friend, Jeff, is a BIG part of them! Again, my heart goes out to his entire family. It has truly been a blessing to have known Jeff…he will always hold a special place in my heart. Godspeed until we meet again!

Cheryl (Cain) and family ❤️

Beth McKnight

14 septembre , 2021

I will never forget my wedding day in November, 1989, when I watched the procession from the brides room before I walked down the aisle. I still get chills when I picture my tall, handsome cousin Jeff lifting high the cross to lead in the pastors. I don’t think it had ever been lifted as high or with such dignity.

Love to Edith, Aunt Libby, Uncle Claude and all the Deal family from “Cousin Beth”

Michael Frye

14 septembre , 2021

Claude and Elizabeth, and family.

I am so sorry for you loss. My prayers for God’s strength to face the coming days are with you.
Yours in Christ,
Michael Frye

Cathy Bongiovi

13 septembre , 2021

Thank you, Jeff, for your friendship!!! You will always be in our hearts.

My deepest sympathies to Edith, Claude & Libby, Brian & Doug, and the entire family. Jeff’s PSU family shares your grief. 💙

(Photo from May 1987)

Heather (Baldwin) and Dan Allison

9 septembre , 2021

To the Deal family, we are so saddened and shocked to hear of Jeff's passing. Both Dan and I remember him fondly from Loyalsock HS and as a fellow troublemaker in our neighborhood! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

Heather (Baldwin) and Dan Allison