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James Earl Deal

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at Woodlawn Cemetery for James Earl "Dick" Deal, 87, of Columbia, who passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. Bro. Carey Robertson will officiate and Jackson Deal, grandson, will read the Indian version of Psalms 23.

Mr. Deal was born in Holly Ridge, Louisiana on October 1, 1933, to Jack and Vera Deal. He was a 1952 graduate of Columbia High School and Draughon's Business College of Jackson, Mississippi.

He was a devoted Christian, loved by everyone who met him. He taught Sunday School, was a Deacon and song director for many years. He was a founder of Trinity Lighthouse Ministries.

He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Jackson "Jack" Deal, mother, Vera Mae Hall Morman, son, John Andrew "Andy" Deal, and son-in-law, Jerry R. Breakfield.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Annie Jo Day Deal, of Columbia; daughters Gwen Deal Breakfield, of Sumrall, Jo Ellen Deal Carr (Roger), and son, James B. "Dick Boy" Deal (Paula) both of Columbia; 11 grandchildren, Caleb Deal, Lacey Deal McElroy (Jonathan), Annie Martin, Sidney Martin, Nick Deal (Kristen), Carrie Deal Powell (Jarod), and Jackson Deal, all of Columbia, Jeremy Breakfield (Jenn) of Austin, TX, Josh Breakfield (Sharelle) of Sumrall, Elizabeth Todd Jones (Cape) of Collins and, Regan Deal Linton (Joseph), of Hattiesburg; and 16 great-grandchildren, Caidyn and Carter Deal, Landry and Seeley Deal, Jamie Martin, John Dawson and K.B. Deal, Laythan Powell, all of Columbia, Maggey and Presley Breakfield, of Austin, TX, Abby, Sarah Grace and Caroline Breakfield, of Sumrall, Ella Jo and Emma James Jones, of Collins, and Gray Linton, of Hattiesburg; one sister, Charlotte Morman Kroot, of Columbia, and one brother, Kenneth Deal, of West Monroe, Louisiana.

Pallbearers will be Josh Breakfield, Caleb Deal, Roger Carr, Cape Jones, Nick Deal and Jackson Deal.

Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge of the arrangements. Friends can sign an online guest register book at


James Earl Deal
October 1, 1933 - January 10, 2021





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