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Colonial Funeral Home

625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, TX

OBITUARY

Deal Herod Toney Jr.

September 18, 1945September 12, 2020

An artist with his words, his hands and his heart, Deal Herod Toney, Jr walked through this life choosing to see the best in the world with an unparalleled drive to teach others to seek kindness and knowledge. Born in Stamford, TX on September 18, 1945, he was reunited with his parents D.H. and Wenonah, brother Nathan and grandson Michael on September 12, 2020.

A passion for photography was sparked in third grade with the gift of an 8 mm camera. He further developed his photography skills through-out school until his 1964 graduation from Ernest Righetti High School, Santa Maria, CA, and later joined the United States Air Force in 1966 as a photo-journalist. He shared his travels across all seven continents through the lens of his Nikon. His active duty adventures and accolades are too many to mention, but what he valued the most was his time as a "First Shirt," taking care of his squadron, giving all for them. It is difficult to express in words the kindness and generosity he practiced. This carried on after retirement into his plethora of jobs and hobbies from kindergarten computer teacher to animator to radio personality, historian and motivational speaker. Turning his medium from film to paint, he ministered to others thru art and stories. Always active in local church, he served in many capacities, wherever there was a need, teaching about his love for Christ.

"D E A L , just like cards" never met a stranger, only friends that he hadn't visited with before. The role in life closest to his heart was his place in the family. Celebrating 37 years together, Donna, his doll, was his light. Ecc 9:9 nasb "Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given you under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun." Corilla Jo, Jack, Ron and Libby called him brother. He was Daddy to Stanley, Bonnie, Tara, Paul, Stephanie, John and Wenonah. He considered it the ultimate blessing to be Papa to Brittany, Diamond, Daniel, Gabrielle, Joshua, Savannah, Katerine and Arianna and Papa (great-grandpa) to Sophia and Kai. In addition, scores of children considered him honorary grandpa including Riann, Joseph and Anna Joy.

His presence on this Earth will be keenly missed by all who knew and loved him. It is said 'that which you cherish you can never lose.' As we celebrate the impact Deal had on the world we ask that you share your favorite memory of him with us and that you pass on his kindness to others.

Private services will be held at Fort Sam National Cemetery Tuesday, September 15 at 9:45. We would love for his friends and family across the globe to join us in singing "I'll Fly Away." Contributions in his honor may be made to Caroline's Promise, NC or First Baptist Schertz, TX Children's ministry.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.colonialuniversal.com for the Toney family.

  • DONATIONS

  • Caroline's Promise
  • First Baptist Church of Schertz (Children's Ministry)

Services

  • Private Graveside Service with Military Honors

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Memories

Deal Herod Toney Jr.

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Mel and Lucy Brown

September 14, 2020

Taking an opening from your beautifully written celebration of Deal's life (It is said 'that which you cherish you can never lose.' ) reminds me of my kitchen windowsill's perpetual calendar page for Sept. 12 that reads "Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear." a quote from Shakespeare.

Praising our forever friend, Deal, poses no difficulties whatsoever. When we first met Deal he worked at KGDP Christian Radio Station in Santa Maria, CA where I (Lucy) was a volunteer receptionist. I'd see him late in the day, returning from his salesmanship duties in the field, tired but ever smiling.
From there similar interests and a sense of mission united us that expanded in efforts and locales as we sought to honor our Lord Jesus in different projects.

Two cross-country moves eventually separated our paths but never our hearts. Always our family has been grateful for Deal and his willingness to tackle most anything with optimism, wit, gentleness and a persistent sense of what needed to be done.

Thank you, Deal, for just being you ... anytime, anywhere and in every way. Full of faith and faithfulness. Your faith now becomes sight to your delight and God's utter joy!

So much love,
Mel and Lucy Brown, Becky and Marshall
Clinton, Knoxville and Oak Ridge,Tennessee

Jo Hicks

September 14, 2020

I have literally known Deal all my life - he was my older brother. While he did shoot me in the butt with his BB gun when he was eight, he was always there to carry me on his back out of a sticker patch or get me down from a tree I had tried to climb. As an adult, he provided love and support during all the difficult times in my life. He was a precious soul. Several times in his life we thought we would lose him, but he always pulled through. Credit goes mostly to his wife, Donna, who took such good care of him. He had four beautiful accomplished children that made him so proud. He was well-loved and his life was well-lived.

Connie Bowden

September 14, 2020

Deal was a great mentor to George with the bible. We still talk about what we learned from him in Sunday School yet today. He brought simple things, to life for us.
Samuel learned his love of photography from Deal. He lighted a fire in him. He also was intrigued with all the experiences that he shared about his life.
I loved the way he talked about living in Israel. The way he loved his church family and his real family. He always made you feel you were special. We will miss him.

Cortney Freeman

September 14, 2020

Donna and family.
Deal always wore a smile and poured warmth from his sole. What a treasure to have an opportunity to meet him and even briefly enjoy his company. My thoughts are with you. Cortney

Dick & Sharon Mann

September 14, 2020

So sorry to hear about Deal’s passing. Our prayers are with you all & also from your Timber Ridge Family.

Marie Cox

September 14, 2020

Donna,
I am so saddened to hear of Deals passing! He has always been such a gentle kind person and I know you will dearly miss him. But we join with you in rejoicing the day we see him again in a perfect body and praising our Savior!

Much love!
Marie and Don Cox

Betty Breshears

September 14, 2020

Deal was the best of friends anyone could have, always willing to jump in and help, full of fun and love. He made the very best Dumbledore for our Halloween trunk or treat. Of course we won! We will miss him. He was also a great tutor for the hubby! They could get in more trouble. . . .Betty and Bill

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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