— Gene Deal, former owner of Deal’s Food Store for 23 years, passed away on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, after experiencing a severe stroke.
Gene’s funeral will be held at Rockwood Baptist Church in Rockwood, Texas, Tuesday, March 25, at 2:30 p.m.
Following the death of Billie Cozart Deal, his wife of 53 years, in 1999, Gene returned to his childhood home, Coleman County, where he enjoyed raising crops and cattle. Edward Eugene Deal, known simply as Gene, was 83 at the time of his death.
He is survived by four children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren: Don Deal and wife, Margaret, of Kerrville, with son Nathan; Larry Deal and wife, Vickie, of Austin, with son Kevin; Kerry Deal, who was also part owner of Deal’s Food Store, of Weatherford, with daughter Amanda; and Andrea Deal Ing and husband, Wayne, also of Weatherford, with sons Anthony Applebee, Cody Ing, with wife Niki Olsen Ing, and Clint Ing. Surviving great-grandchildren are Marleigh and Maggie Applebee, along with Cale and Colsen Ing.