OBITUARY

Charles "Charlie" Wayne Deal

March 21, 1942October 7, 2020

Charles (Charlie) Wayne Deal – 78, of Tallahassee, Florida, went home to be with Jesus, Wednesday, October 7, 2020. He left this life from Tallahassee, FL.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 15, 2020, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McEwen Funeral Service at Sharon Memorial Park, 5716 Monroe Rd., Charlotte, N.C. 28212. Funeral service will be held Friday, October 16, 2020 at 2 p.m., at the McEwen Chapel.

Mr. Deal is survived by his wife Lynda Bagby Deal, also of Tallahassee, FL, Michael Scott Deal (eldest son), (wife Claire Deal), of Buffalo, NY, and Christopher Jonathan Deal (youngest son), (wife Cheryl Reidy Deal), of Matthews, N.C. He has three grandchildren, Jackson Ray Deal, of Buffalo, NY, Ryenne Mae Deal, of Buffalo, NY, and Sarah Marie Thrasher, of Matthews, N.C., all of whom he loved dearly. His cherished siblings are Vivian Deal Gresham, (husband David Allen Gresham), of Rochester Hills, MI, David Andrew Deal, of Charlotte, N.C., and Phillip Michael Deal, (wife Diana Day Deal), of Charlotte, N.C. Near and dear, to his heart, were also numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Deal was preceded in death, by his father, Samuel Andrew Deal, of Midland, N.C. and his mother Willie Mae Horton, of Midland/Charlotte, N.C., and his wife of 41 years, Amaryllis (Amy) Rosemond Hassell Deal.

Charles was born March 21, 1942, at Mercy Hospital, in Charlotte, N.C. He spent most of his growing up years, in Stallings and Indian Trail, N.C. area.

In 1948, at age 6, Charles was stricken with the polio virus. The effects of the virus left him without the use of his legs. Initially, he walked with two braces, one on each leg, and crutches. As time went on, he removed the braces and began walking with Loftstrand crutches, alone, using a swing-through gait.

Charles was a strong-willed individual. If there was something, that he wanted to do, he didn’t allow his physical challenges to stop him. He graduated high school at Indian Trail High School, in Indian Trail, N.C. He earned an Associate’s Degree from King’s College, in Charlotte, N.C. Charles had a love of radio as a young man and attended the Carolina School of Broadcasting. Determined not to allow his disability to thwart his mobility, he learned to drive a car. In driver’s education class, he, actually had the fastest reaction time, for moving his right foot from the gas pedal to the brake pedal. He used his right hand to lift his leg and move it.

Charles always had a love of photography. He liked to shoot everything from prints, to slides, to 8mm movies. He even developed some of his own film.

Physical limitations didn’t keep him from doing a wide range of activities, in his life. He raised veal calves, as a young man, in Stallings, N.C., and sold them at auction. He hunted in the woods around his home, in North Carolina, as a youth. He fished with his sons at Lake Norman, in North Carolina. Charles and his family hiked, tent camped. camper camped, backpacked (with an 80lb. backpack on his back), canoed, kayaked, sailed, and motor boated, up and down the East Coast of the United States, from Key West, Florida to Montreal, Canada. He lived a full and abundant life.

At age 11, Charles accepted Jesus Christ, as his personal Savior and Lord, at New Hope Baptist Church, in Charlotte, N.C. He was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, from that time, until he entered, into the Lord’s presence, at age 78.

As a young man, he moved to Charlotte, where he married Amaryllis (Amy) Rosamond Hassell, a registered nurse, working at Mercy Hospital. They had two sons, Michael Scott Deal and Christopher Jonathan Deal.

For approximately thirty-nine years, of his adult life, he worked as the Program Media Director, for WSOC-TV, in Charlotte. Prior to that employment, he worked briefly, for the Charlotte Observer, as a proofreader.

For a number of years, in Charlotte, he and his family were members, at Ascension Lutheran Church, on Morehead Street. He served as an elder there and taught Sunday School. Also, for a time, during his employment at WSOC-TV, he served in the Gideons, where he performed jail ministry, in Charlotte.

On December 5th of 2007, his wife of 41 years, Amy Deal, passed away from complications associated with diabetes.

In 2010, he married Lynda Joan Bagby, of Tallahassee, FL. He moved to Tallahassee and lived there with her, until his death. While he lived in Tallahassee, FL, he and his wife Lynda, were members at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Charles had endless curiosity and loved to learn new things. One of his greatest passions was reading. Often times, you would find him, in his bedroom, lying on his bed, or in the living room, in an easy chair, reading a book. His favorite book to read, was the Bible. His interests included everything from Jewish culture to modern day politics and societal issues.

Charles loved continuing education. He attended German language and International Trade classes, at Central Piedmont Community College, in Charlotte, N.C. When computers made it to his job, at WSOC-TV, he mastered the software required, to run his department. When the technology was developed, he became an avid user of Google searches and Facebook.

In his later years, he took up the hobby of genealogy. He became a very skilled amateur genealogist. He loved to look up our family’s history, as well as assisting others in looking up theirs.

Charles always had a funny sense of humor. He loved to crack subtle jokes and make people laugh. He also enjoyed hearing a good joke or funny saying.

Charles’ greatest love, on this earth, was his family.

His favorite life verse from the Bible was “My grace is sufficient for thee.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

During this time of sadness and loss, I take comfort in knowing, that he is, “absent from the body and present, with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8. I rejoice in knowing, that he is alive, in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ today, and that we will all see him again!

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Friday, October 16, 2020

Memories

Charles "Charlie" Wayne Deal

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Kriste DeLane

October 18, 2020

Chris and Micheal:

I am so deeply sorry to read of your Fathers passing. Both of your parents were some of the finest people I've ever met.

They say time heals all wounds, not really. We just get better with dealing with them.

I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts today.

Kriste



Julie Smith

October 16, 2020

The world has lost a great man. I enjoyed the years Charles and I shared an office. He was a great mentor and friend. We had so many interesting conversations about ancestry and history. We had a similar sense of humor. I would enjoy when someone would ask him a question and he would give a crazy answer in his deadpan voice. The confusion on their face as they tried to figure out if he was joking or serious was hilarious. I would be at my desk biting my tongue so I wouldn’t laugh and give it away. He will truly be missed by many.

Lee Lumpkin

October 15, 2020

Memories of Charles always make me smile as I think of him keeping the film department running smoothly at WSOC-TV or chatting with him in the break room or hallway. Positive vibes flowed from him easily as he demonstrated his zest for life with kindness and humor. In the years since we both retired, his comments on Facebook have always given me a lift, just to think of his grace and wisdom. May he rest now as we remember his life with gratitude.

Suzanne Crawford

October 13, 2020

My sympathy to Charles Deal’s Family. We were across the street neighbors in Charlotte when Michael and Chris were babies. Amy and Charles were fun to know and to share our young family lives as neighbors. Lots of love to all of you in this time of loss. Remember Charles wide range of interest and his amazing spirit to always do more. My love, Suzanne Crawford🙏🏻❤️

Judy Bates

October 13, 2020

My prayers are with you all at this time, may God hold you tightly. He was a very special person.

Jamie Deal

October 13, 2020

Unka Charez-
I love you. I will forever miss your soothing and loving voice and demeanor. Words cannot express my sadness that I no longer can see or talk to you, but the heavens have gained an angel and you have gained a new body. Fly high and free. My love always, your niece- Jamie

Shelly Richards

October 13, 2020

Charles - I will always remember your strength and perseverance. You never let polio slow you down or keep you from doing whatever you wanted to do. Rest in peace.

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