Gordon Gene Deal

February 4, 1942November 9, 2018
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Gordon Gene Deal, age 76, passed away peacefully Friday, November 9, 2018 in Ogeechee Area Hospice surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Deal was a native and lifelong resident of Bulloch County and graduated Statesboro High School in 1960. After high school, he began his career at Brooks Instruments, where he worked his way up the ranks to become a mechanical engineer, retiring in 2002, after 42 years of service. Even while working full time at Brooks Instruments, he worked on his family farm with his parents raising hogs and growing corn, soybeans and other crops. Upon retiring from Brooks, Gene enrolled in Ogeechee Technical College, where he received an Associate’s Degree in Horticulture. He was a member of Statesboro First United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Jerry Woodbury Sunday School Class. He was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed hunting and working in his yard and garden, but his most enjoyable activity was spending time with his grandchildren, watching them play football, baseball and soccer. Gene was also a U. S. Army veteran, serving in the Army National Guard from 1959 to 1966.

Mr. Deal was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Gordon and Cleo Rowe Deal and his brother, Thomas Michael Deal.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Jean Deal of Statesboro; daughters, Jacqueline Brown and her husband, Lester of Statesboro; Deborah Copeland and her husband, William of St. Augustine, FL; and Jennifer Watkins and her husband, Jonathan of Brunswick; sister, Frankie D. Woodrum of Statesboro; seven grandchildren, Jake Brown (Emilee Jones), Abby Brown, Will Copeland and Katie Copeland, Nate Watkins, Trey Watkins and Ross Watkins and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Monday, November 12, 2018 in Hodges-Moore Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Statesboro First United Methodist Church with Reverend Jimmy Cason officiating.

The burial will follow in Eastside Cemetery.

Nephews will service as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to Statesboro First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2048, Statesboro, GA 30459 or Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459.

Please visit our online memorial at to sign the guest book and share fond memories with the Deal family.

Hodges-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.


  • Jean Deal, Wife
  • Jacqueline Brown (Lester), Daughter
  • Deborah Copeland (William), Daughter
  • Jennifer Watkins (Jonathan), Daughter
  • Frankie D. Woodrum, Sister
  • Jake Brown (Emilee Jones), Grandchild
  • Abby Brown, Grandchild
  • Will Copeland, Grandchild
  • Katie Copeland, Grandchild
  • Nate Watkins, Grandchild
  • Trey Watkins, Grandchild
  • Ross Watkins, Grandchild
  • Mr. Deal also leaves many nieces, nephews and other relative to cherish his memory.

  • Nephews will serve as pallbearers

  • Statesboro First United Methodist Church
  • Ogeechee Area Hospice


  • A Gathering of Family and Friends Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • Burial Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Gordon Gene Deal

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Carrie Welter

November 12, 2018

Gene has been my lifelong neighbor, friend and perfect gentleman who will be remembered for his constant smile and helping hand. Struggling to make grass grow in front of the barn , I found Gene by my side lifting a heavy bucket of sand out of the truck. He had stopped as he passed by and saw my dilemma . Now beautiful green grass grows there. The first year we did the cane boil, Gene and his grandson were instrumental in making it a success .

Marilyn James Williams

November 12, 2018


I was so sorry to hear about Gene. He and my brother, Wallace, were very close growing up and Mr. Gordon and Mrs. Cleo were the best of friends with my parents, Ivy and Myrtle James. I loved Gene's parents as well. We shared many good times and meals together over the years. Mother and Cleo enjoyed their almost daily phone calls and I always enjoyed stopping by with Mother to visit with Cleo on my many trips home after I had my children. Frankie and Poe were like our family as well and I always had fun with Mike.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your girls and their families now. The Class of 1960 has lost a great friend.

With love,
Marilyn James Williams

Doug and Maria Davis

November 11, 2018

We are very sorry to hear of your great loss. May God give you the comfort that He alone can give your hearts during this time and in the days ahead.

Doug and Maria (DiMare) Davis