Kirksey Funeral Home

406 Lenoir Road, Morganton, NC


Linda Carmela Deaton

June 8, 1964July 14, 2020

Mrs. Linda Carmela Begley Deaton, age 56 of Morganton, NC and formerly of Inez, Ky., passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020 after an extended illness.

Her parents, Earl and Carol Begley, a sister Martha Michelle and a brother Earl Edward Begley Jr., precede Linda in death. Those left behind to cherish Linda’s memory include her husband, Dan Deaton; a daughter, Angela Deaton, a son, Chris Deaton; twin granddaughters, Blake and Tegan; two stepdaughters, Kelley Thompson and Trinita Deaton; four brothers, Patrick Sean, Ronnie Begley, Mason Begley, and Johnathan Begley; and two sisters, Deanna Begley and Beth (Begley) Palmer. Several aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins, all who loved her dearly, also survive Linda.

Linda graduated with honors from Sheldon Clark High School, Inez, KY in 1982, then served her country in the US Navy. She was very successful in pursuing a career in radio broadcasting. As on-air personality "Linda Brady", she worked at radio stations in Kentucky, Florida and North Carolina. Linda had many admirers and fans who loved her.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in Linda’s memory to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 English Ave., Suite 902, New York, NY 10018.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 pm on Friday, July 24, 2020 in the Chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton has the honor of serving the family.


  • Receiving of Family and Friends

    Friday, July 24, 2020

  • Celebration of Linda's Life

    Friday, July 24, 2020


Linda Carmela Deaton

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Annie Deaton

July 30, 2020

I'm sorry this has taken so long to say. It was just hard finding the right words. I feel like if I if I would have made the right choices then I could have followed in the same steps as you and I would have had a much better life. Not saying I didn't have a good life but I started messing it up when I turned into a teenager. I didn't talk to you about things and get advice on the right things to do. I know it was hard for you to relate to me because I tried to be so different than you. I remember when you chased me out of the house, ready to beat my butt because I was insisting on dying my hair blue right before a family reunion. As they say, if I knew then what I know now...
Rest in peace momma ❤️ you were fabulous

DJ Silverberg

July 24, 2020

I was lucky enough to cross paths with Linda and Danny Kaye in Melbourne at WVTI in the late 80s/early 90s. I was a fan of the station who, through a useless knowledge of oldies and song lyrics, worked his way into a production role and then into a part-time air staff spot (babysitting Kasey Kasem on Sunday mornings). Linda was always there with a kind word and understanding advise for the kid with no radio background. Now 30 years later, her kind words still remain. May God Bless and Keep You.

Sondra Hensley

July 24, 2020

We met Linda when we were in a band with Dan. She would come out to our gigs and we had alot of fun . We were a close knit group, and so we had lots of good times together.
I am sorry we are not able to attend the service tonight, but am glad she's at peace. Love to Dan, Annie,and Chris.
Sondra & Larry Hensley

Deanna Begley

July 20, 2020

One of my fondest memories was when I was able to visit Linda in Kentucky when I was 13 years old. I spent 2 weeks that summer with her, getting to know her and meeting her friends. We listened to the Eagles album Hotel California endlessly and we went out on a double date to see a movie and eat pizza. It was my favorite summer of my youth! I will never forget you, Linda! Prayers to all who love her and will miss her. This world has a huge void in it without her! It will never be the same. Much love! Rest in peace my beautiful sister!

Ursula Dingess

July 19, 2020

I am so sorry to learn of the death of my 1st cousins daughter. She was such a beautiful lady and I can see the resemblance to some of her aunts. May God comfort each and everyone of you as you go through this trying time.

William Workman

July 17, 2020

So sorry to hear the passing of such a wonderful person. Linda was my high school friend and neighbor. She was a beautiful soul. Prayers for her loved ones.

Judy French

July 15, 2020

Sending prayers and love to Linda's family... Danny, Chris, and Annie. She fought the brave fight and is now an Angel watching over all of you. Live your lives the way she would have wanted you to. Look up in the sky at night...she'll be there looking down at you and smiling because she loves you all so much....


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