Lee Deel, 89

Lee Deel, 89 of Haysi, Virginia was born on July 8, 1932 to Richard and Ida Mae Clevinger Deel and passed away on Sept. 24, 2021 in the Buchanan General Hospital in Grundy, Va. Lee was a retired teacher, member of the Dickenson County Education Association and a veteran of the US Navy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brothers; David Deel and James Ray Deel, sisters; Louanna Fuller and Laura Deel. He is survived by his wife; Betty Fay Bailey Deel, son; Michael (Shena) Deel of Haysi, Va., daughter; Tina (Shawn) Haskell of Birchleaf, Va., grandchildren; Linda Michelle Sykes, James Dawson Deel, Santanna Coleman, Michael Ramey and a great- grandson; Frankie John Luke Sykes. Visitation will be at the Emmanuel Old Regular Baptist Church in Haysi, Va. from 12:00-1:00PM on Monday, September 27, 2021 with a funeral service at the church at 1:00 with Toby Bailey and Steve Lyle officiating. Burial will follow in the Bailey/Owens Cemetery in Haysi, Va.


  1. Shereef Girgis says

    I came to know Lee through marriage. He was one of the strongest and most people I have ever known.
    He will be missed by many as he goes to his glory.

  2. Matthew McCarty says

    Mr. Deel was a gentleman and a scholar. He always had a kind word when we would see him at the Pizza Factory in Haysi. I can remember first seeing Mr. Deel when I would go with my Dad to the high school on a snow day or in the summer. When I worked with their daughter to help her with her school work one year, Lee and Betty were amazing to me, always asking about my wife Pam and her family. My thoughts are with Betty and the family.

  3. Thana Taylor Connelly says

    Mr. Deel was one of my most favorite and best teachers. I loved his math classes and learned so much. I am so saddened to hear about his death.

  4. Diana Taylor says

    I was so very sorry to hear about Mr. Deel. He was one of my favorite teachers. I remember him monitoring lunch lines for “skippers” and we would talk. He will be missed.

  5. Katie D. Blankenship says

    Lee was a cousin of mine. His dad taught me through grade school and let me help first grade with reading. It amazed me how his dad, Richard D Deel was in the armed services, and all four of his sons served. I think all four sons were high school teachers after serving their country. How all this was done in our little community with dirt roads, no electricity for a long time, no phones, and no school buses still amazes me. May God bless all of Lee’s family. They will surely miss him.

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