Fuquay-Varina - Dr. John Wesley Deyton Jr., 88, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 15, 2017 at Rex Hospital after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 18th at Piney Grove Baptist Church, 3217 Piney Grove Wilbon Road, Fuquay-Varina. Graveside service with military honors will be at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20th at St Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, 114 Poplar Mount Road, Norlina, NC.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. John Wesley Deyton Sr. and Ruby Wiseman Deyton.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Clara Brauer Deyton; sons, John Wesley Deyton III and wife, Jennifer of Swickley PA, and David Deyton and wife, Kim of Fuquay-Varina, NC; brothers, Dr. Walter Deyton of Asheville, NC, Dr. Guy Smith Deyton of Kansas City, MO, and Dr. Lawrence Deyton of Washington DC; grandchildren, Heather, Jonathan, and Wesley; three great-grandchildren, Zoe, Zander, and Lydia.
John was born on March 29, 1929 in Spruce Pine NC. After graduating from UNC Medical School in 1956 he joined the US Navy Medical Corps. and served 20 years. His military career included being a flight surgeon with VMFA 224 Marine All Weather Fighter Attack squadron and serving on the aircraft carriers, the USS John F. Kennedy and the USS Independence. He served from 1968 to 1969 in Vietnam as Commanding Officer of 1st Hospital Company in DaNang, Vietnam where he received a Bronze Star. He retired with the rank of Captain USN. He went into private practice in Jacksonville NC as a partner in Jacksonville Women’s Clinic for over 30 years. During his career, he delivered over 2500 babies. John and Clara were active in Calvary Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, NC where he served as an Elder and founding member. He loved spending time with his family, traveling, and hiking, especially in the North Carolina mountains. He will be remembered for the love and devotion for God and family, his passion for UNC basketball and his love of history, especially that of North Carolina.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 17th from 4 to 6 at Thomas Funeral Home, 401 N Ennis Street, Fuquay-Varina.
We wish to extend our gratitude to our church family at Piney Grove Baptist Church and our Windsor Point family for their love and support and a special thank you to Rex Hospital 4 East staff and Hospitalist team for their compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers please give a donation to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, 1924 Capital Blvd. Raleigh, NC 27604. http://www.foodbankcenc.org
Thomas Funeral Home Chapel
Sunday December 17th, 2017
4:00pm - 6:00pm
401 N Ennis Street
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
Piney Grove Baptist Church
Monday December 18th, 2017
3217 Piney Grove Wilbon Road
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery
Wednesday December 20th, 2017
114 Poplar Mount Road
Norlina, NC 27563
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Dave, Kim, and family,
Joy and I were sorry to hear of your loss. What a great and honorable life and legacy, and how many lives were touched by your father's love. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and all of your family.
Jim and Joy Wall
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john, Jennifer and family,
Our sincerest condolences to your family and prayers for your father from all of your work family and friends at Sound Imaging, Son-X Imaging and Lowry Radiology. God Bless.
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Clara and Family,
We are saddened by the loss of your beloved John. We will miss him being a part of our Sunday School Class. We always enjoyed his conversations about family, travel and his profession. May God grant you peace in your sorrow.
Richard & Ernestine Southerland
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John was so kind and as a member of the Hallelujah Sunday School Class at Piney Grove, Baptist Church, when asked during prayer request time, how he was doing, he was always quick to give us a "thumbs up" and a big smile.
T.C. Burns Sr.
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