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John Andrew Deal

John Andrew "Andy" Deal passed away August 12, 2019 at his home. A Memorial Service will be held at Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 16, 2019. Visitation will take place on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Hathorn Funeral Home.

Andy was a graduate of Columbia High School and Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, where he received his degree in Mineral Land Management. Andy worked for many years in the oil and gas field.

A consummate storyteller, Andy often had family and friends doubled over in laughter at tales from school, offshore, and other random shenanigans over the years. His love of the outdoors (especially being on or near the water, whether fishing or merely sitting on the beach), good music, good food, and Chicago Cubs baseball was only eclipsed by his love for his family. A devoted family man, Andy especially enjoyed fulfilling the roles of husband and father, as well as being “Pop” to his grandchildren. As his condition progressed, he still managed to amuse his family with his wry sense of humor and ability to poke fun at both himself and those around him.

Andy is survived by his wife of 35 years, Tracy Deal, along with his children Regan Deal Linton (Joseph) of Oak Grove; Nicholas Deal (Kristen) of Columbia; Carrie Deal of Columbia, and Jackson Deal of Columbia. He is additionally survived by his grandchildren John Dawson Deal, Kristopher Banks Deal, and Gracyn Andree Abhinandita Linton, as well as his parents, Dick and Jo Deal; siblings Gwen Breakfield (Jerry), Dick Deal (Paula), and Jo Ellen Carr (Roger); and his nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate in Andy’s memory to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration at

Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge of the arrangements. Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at


John Andrew Deal
August 18, 1961 - August 12, 2019





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