Frank McClellan Deaver, Jr.
November 26, 1931 – March 31, 2018
Frank McClellan Deaver, Jr. lived life with his heart and soul. He adored his wife and children. He loved God, the Church, and all his extended family and friends.
He was a student of the Bible and had a passion for working with youth in church and on the athletic fields and courts. He was born in Erwin, Tennessee on November 26, 1931, and passed away on March 31, 2018. He was the second child of Frank M. Deaver, Sr. and Lee Markland Deaver. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved sister, Catherine Deaver Cuttle. Most of his childhood memories came from South Carolina and Tennessee, the homeplaces of his father and mother. Frank married Jeanne Higgins Deaver, daughter of Samuel O. Higgins and Marie West Higgins of Bremen, Georgia, in 1956. He is survived by Jeanne and their two cherished children, Dianne Deaver Snodgrass and Frank McClellan (“Clell") Deaver, III (Jane); six grandchildren, Stephanie Mullins Moon, Samuel Andrew Mullins, Frank McClellan ("Mack”) Deaver IV, Carlisle Elizabeth Deaver, James Castles Deaver, and Jennifer Talulah Deaver, and two great-grandchildren, Lily Marie Moon and Ethan Moon. Frank arrived in Atlanta in 1950 to attend Emory University, after which he began his 42-year career at Trust Company of Georgia (subsequently renamed SunTrust Bank). He was an active member of Norcross First United Methodist Church for many years, followed by Dunwoody United Methodist Church. He enjoyed playing golf throughout his nearly 60-year membership at Atlanta Athletic Club where he served on the Board of Directors and various committees, including those involved with the club’s hosting of several major USGA and PGA golf tournaments. He grew up attending many schools so that the family could be together as his father’s job as an engineer designing and building roads and airstrips required over 25 moves during his early years. He worked under his father at Wesco Paving Company during summers, and was personally involved in paving some of the freeways through Atlanta. Frank enrolled in Carlisle Military School in South Carolina for his high school education, graduating in 1949, then served in the US Army Reserves from 1950-1961. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity while at Emory. His long career at Trust Company Bank was focused on covering major corporate, foundation, and institutional clients. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Georgia School of Medicine, the Board of Trustees for Grady Memorial Hospital, the Board of MARTA, the Board of the Georgia Freight Bureau, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Some of his fondest memories involved trips with family and friends to 24 countries on 3 continents, the most memorable of which was a tour of Europe in 1972 with his wife and children during which they attended the Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.
- Visitation Friday, April 6, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, April 6, 2018
- Committal Service Friday, April 6, 2018
Frank McClellan Deaver, Jr.
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Bill & Patty Clarke
April 6, 2018
Jeanne, Diane & Clell--we have so many wonderful memories. We met Frank and Jeanne when we joined the the Athletic Club over 30 years ago. We played golf together regularly and spent many Friday evenings at dinner. Frank and Jeanne were also very loving to our special needs sons Christopher and Jeffrey. We would call them on the weekends when our special sons were home and Frank and Jeanne always took the time to talk with them. Frank was a good man, kind, considerate, generous of his time with his friends and the community. We pray that his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.
Love, Bill & Patty
April 6, 2018
Jeanne, Dianne, Clell, Stephanie and Sam, I was so sorry to hear about Frank's passing. I know that he is happy and delighted to help in preparing that special place we call Heaven for you. His leaving is a true loss to this earth and all who loved him. Please know that each of you are in my thoughts and prayers.--Carol