Irene Berry Deaton, 84, of Connelly Springs, NC turned the page and started the next chapter of her life on Wednesday, July 6, 2011. She reunited with her parents, Marshall Ersell Berry and Eunice Artina Zimmerman Berry; her infant son; two grandsons; a granddaughter; brothers, Ray Zimmerman and J.W. Berry; and a sister, Wilma Berry. Irene was born in Burke County, NC on February 24, 1927. She was an avid Elvis fan and loved travelling, reading, puzzles, cooking, and her little puppies.Irene is survived by her husband, John Calvin Deaton of the home; children, Mildred Davis and husband, Jesse, of Taylorsville, Carolyn D. Brown of Connelly Springs; Jewel Styles and husband, Garry, of Hickory, John Melvin Deaton of George Hildebrand, and C. Dennis Deaton and wife, Julia, of Connelly Springs; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Fred and Jerry Berry; sisters, Juanita Stamey, Hilda Hamm, and Oneda Kuritzky; and her special caring friend, Ben Honeycutt.The celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 9, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Minister Carolyn D. Brown and Pastor Russell Makant officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. The pallbearers assisting with the service will be Dion Cannon, Tim Brown, Derrick Styles, Christopher Styles, Nicholas Styles, and Brian Moose.Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.The family would like to extend a special thanks to Carolina Rehab of Burke, Guardian Home Health Care, and Burke Hospice and Palliative Care.
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