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Gary Douglas "Doug" Deaton

June 9, 1947 — March 16, 2024

Siler City


Gary Douglas Deaton, 76, went to his heavenly home Saturday, March 16th, 2024, at his home.

“Doug” was born on June 9th, 1947, in Siler City, NC to the late Bernard Worth and Mary Frances Deaton. He was the third of four children, one of which precedes him in death: his sister, Judy Deaton Thomas.

Doug was a proud veteran of the United States Navy, where he served from 1966 to 1968. He began his career in photography aboard the USS Vulcan “AR-5”. He later returned to Siler City where he continued with Doug Deaton Photography as a business owner for over forty years.

Doug had many hobbies. He was a car enthusiast, lover of motor sports and western movies, and he taught photography and music in the community. He participated in the Siler City Chamber of Commerce, Chatham County Wildlife Club, the Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, the Collard Club, and numerous other civic organizations. He loved music and was the founding member of the band, “Brothers and Others”. The last 13 years he was a property manager of Braxton Manor.

He is survived by his children, Mary-Douglas Andrews of Siler City, Brittany McKeown (Andy) of Asheboro, NC, and Zach Deaton (Laurin) of Siler City, NC. He is survived by seven grandchildren, Kennedy Andrews, Michael Andrews, III, Mary-Maxton Andrews, Shields McKeown (Alexandra), Annabelle McKeown, and Luke and Jacob Deaton. He is also survived by his sister, Janice Deaton White, brother, Don (Carol) Deaton, and brother-in-law, Loy Thomas, and several nieces and nephews.

He was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, brother, cousin, and friend to many people. Doug loved his residents at Braxton Manor.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in honor of “Rocky”, his beloved cat that he adopted from the Chatham County Animal Shelter, 725 Renaissance Dr., Pittsboro, NC 27312.  

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home will be assisting the Deaton family.

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