Gaye Latham Deaton

May 20, 1936May 15, 2021

Gaye Latham Deaton, age 84, passed away peacefully on May 15, 2021 in Jackson.

Gaye was born on May 20, 1936 at home in Madison County to the late Clarence and Wilma Latham. Gaye graduated from J.B. Young High School and West Tennessee Business College. On December 20, 1959, she married Donald “Bo” Deaton. The couple had three sons, Keith, Gregg and Chris. They shared their lives together for sixty-one years raising their family, traveling and spending time with family and friends. From hosting gatherings for friends to family holiday celebrations, Gaye always welcomed people with a smile and some good food.

Gaye worked at Jackson Utility Division, J.B. Young School, Madison County Court House, and retired from Jackson-Madison County Health Department. She was a member of Malesus Baptist Church where she faithfully served. She was a wonderful mother and housewife, dedicated to her family.

Gaye is survived by her sons: Keith (Donna) Deaton of Hendersonville, Gregg (Kim) Deaton of Hickory Withe and Chris (Lisa) Deaton of Jackson; grandchildren: Andrew Deaton of Lakeland, Tyler (Brooke) Deaton of Jackson, Riley Deaton of Jackson, Samuel Deaton and Jacob Deaton, both of Hendersonville and Lauren Deaton of Hickory Withe; great grandson, Peyton Deaton of Jackson. She also leaves her sister, Patricia Johnson of Jackson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Wilma Latham, and her sister Carolyn Monroe.

Pallbearers to serve will be Andrew Deaton, Tyler Deaton, Riley Deaton, Samuel Deaton, Jacob Deaton, Lauren Deaton, and Peyton Deaton.

Services celebrating her life will be held on May 18th at 1:00 p.m. at Malesus Baptist Church with Brother Mark Cagle, Dr. Phil Jett and Dr. John Adams officiating. Burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery in Medon, TN. Visitation with the family will be held prior to the service at the Church from 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

In leiu of flowers, please send donations to Carl Perkins Center ( or Gideons International (


  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021

  • The Funeral Service

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021

  • The Interment

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021


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Barbara Ross Harris

June 14, 2021

Bo and family,
I was saddened to learn of Gaye’s death. Gaye was a lovely and sweet friend and I recall many fond memories when our children played together when growing up in Malesus and attending Malesus Baptist Church. My prayers are with you.
Barbara Ross Harris

Russell Gallimore

May 20, 2021

Bo & family: Carroll and I feel so blessed to have been friends for the past twenty-two years. Gaye was a sweet, friendly lady, always supportive of us in Senior Olympic competitions and celebrations. We'll miss sharing a table with her but know she'll be present in spirit. May God bless you, your three fine sons and their families, and may your Christian faith sustain all of you and grant Gaye eternal rest and peace on this, her birthday, and always. Rev. Russell N. Gallimore, Jackson, TN, May 20, 2021

Tammy Dixon

May 19, 2021

Uncle Bo, As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love, prayers and support of family and friends. I have so many great memories of Aunt Gaye. She will be missed.

We love you

Tammy & Ken

Ann Lee

May 17, 2021

Gaye was such a loving and sweet lady. Greeted everyone with her beautiful smile. Bo prayers are for you and your family. She will be greatly missed.

Maelene Barnes

May 17, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Gaye was a sweet lady. Thoughts & prayers are with you all at this time.
Bill & Maelene Barnes

Martha Morris

May 16, 2021

Gaye was such a loving person, always greeting life with a smile. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you as you adjust to a "new normal". "Though you cannot always see the bird singing, if you listen with your heart, you can hear his song."

Jessie Spain

May 16, 2021

Bo, I am so sorry to hear about Gaye!!
She was a beautiful, sweet lady!! Prayers for you and the family!!

Pam Carney

May 16, 2021

Bo and Family, Gaye’s kind and gentle spirit and her sweet smile touched so many. It was such a Blessing to have known her through the years. You are all in my heart and Prayers.

Lynn Grantham (Hamilton)

May 16, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. She was such an amazing woman. I have so many great memories of her growing up.

Cindy Deaton

May 16, 2021

What a wonderful lady! So sorry to hear that we have to say goodbye to her here. If we stay on the straight and narrow, we will see her again in Heaven when our name is called. I am so blessed to have known her and Bo. They lived a charmed life and had a great marriage.