Larry Don Deaton, 78, a lifetime resident of Sulphur Springs, Texas, passed away early Thursday morning, February 1, 2024. He died from the complications of a recently suffered stroke.
Larry was born November 18, 1945, in Sulphur Springs, Texas to Ira Allen Deaton and Amy Myrtle Chapman. He graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1964 and married Judith Jackson on August 5, 1965. Larry and Judy owned and operated a dairy for several years. During those years, they also hosted many roping’s at their arena. In 1979, they purchased a red, white, and blue eighteen-wheeler and began hauling cattle. Larry then became known as “Coal-miner.” He made trips all over Texas and some into South Dakota, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. After hauling cattle, he worked for Pilgrims hauling chickens.
Larry is survived by his wife, Judy, and his children, Debbie Trucker and David Deaton. Debbie and her husband, Terry, are the parents of Larry’s grandchildren, Olivia and Reece Tucker. Larry also has a surviving sister, Jo Ruth Hodge, of Sulphur Springs. Larry and Judy’s Jack Russell terrier, Lucy, will be missing many treats she enjoyed with Papa.
Larry will be cremated and his ashes spread along the many West Texas roads he frequented while hauling cattle. Thank you to the many kind caregivers of Carriage House and the ICU nurses of Christus Mother Frances Hospital in Sulphur Springs. Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home. www.westoaksfuneralhome.com