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Originally published: 2012-12-21 13:26:07
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Jennie Lee Bingham Deal

Jennie Lee Bingham Deal, 91, of Boone, passed away Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.

Born Oct. 1, 1921, Jennie Lee was one of eight children born to Dr. and Mrs. R. K. Bingham.

She is survived by three children, Sandra Deal, of Sugar Grove; Jim Deal and wife, Shelia, of Boone; and Harvey Deal and wife, Carolyn, of Cornelius; two sisters-in-law, Josephine Brown Bingham of Boone, and Dorothy Bingham, of Raleigh. Additionally, she leaves behind a legacy of nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Jennie Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Commander James Marvin Deal; four brothers, Bill Bingham, R. K. Bingham, John Bingham, and Richard Bingham; three sisters; Evelyn B. Smith, Pauline B. Thomas, and Miriam B. Smith.

After graduating from Appalachian State Teachers College, Mrs. Deal married James M. Deal of Cove Creek, and spent the next 20 years as a career Navy wife, rearing three children and living all across the Untied States. Upon her husband's retirement, she and her family returned to their home in Watauga County where she began her career as a primary teacher at Mabel Elementary School. These 25 years were some of the most fulfilling and happy years of her life. She will continue to be cherished by all her former students whose lives she touched in so many enduring ways.

Jennie Lee will also be missed by her many bridge partners who counted on her always to make her bid, and she always did.

Mrs. Deal was a lifelong member of Boone United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Friday Afternoon Club, of which her mother, Jennie Norris Bingham, was a charter member.

Funeral services for Jennie Lee Bingham Deal will be held at Boone United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. The body will lie in state from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church prior to the service. A celebration of her life will take place at the church immediately after her service until 3:45 p.m.

A private family internment service will follow at Mount Lawn Park and Gardens in Boone.

Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Boone United Methodist Church, 471 New Market Boulevard, Boone, NC 28607.

Online condolences may be shared with the Deal family at

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Deal family.