Jeffrey Alan Deal
Jeffrey Alan (“AJ”) Deal, 57, died of medical complications on August 28, 2021, while in Havelock, N.C. His beloved wife, Edith, was by his side. Jeffrey was born Oct. 31, 1963 in Winston Salem, N.C. He graduated from Loyalsock Township High School in Williamsport, PA, where he was an honor student, played basketball, was drum major in the band, and was active in Boy Scouts and the Lutheran church youth group. He then continued his education at Pennsylvania State University, graduating in 1987 with a degree in Architectural Engineering. For over 33 years, “AJ” worked for Heery International, managing many construction/renovation/assessment projects in the public sector, including hospitals, schools, and industries, from the Bronx to Fort Lauderdale, and from Charleston to Houston and Dallas. He returned to N.C. to help oversee work on the Wake County Justice Center and the Raleigh Performing Arts Center, and he took special satisfaction serving as senior project manager on the new downtown Raleigh Convention Center. Jeffrey had a true engineer’s mind, not only solving problems but helping others to understand their nature. He went the “extra mile” as an advocate for his clients, who treasured his dedication and devotion. He was also a mentor to younger engineers, providing encouragement and a model of professional service and personal integrity. Jeffrey especially enjoyed gatherings with Penn State friends and with family at the Outer Banks. Christmas was always a special time with his family. He is survived by his wife Edith Karoly of Garner, N.C.; parents Claude V. and Elizabeth (Herion) Deal of Durham; brothers Brian (and Lisa) of Pennsylvania, and Douglas (and Teri) of Virginia; as well as nieces Paige and Victoria, nephew Tyler, step-daughter Andrea, stepson Michael, step-grandchildren Stellan and Josephina, his aunts Mary and Sherry, and numerous cousins from the Setzer, Herion, and Deal clans. Jeffrey exhibited a deep affection for and loyalty to friends and family, rooted in his own quiet spirituality and reflected in a favorite quote he learned from his grandmother Deal: “Do the best you can; the angels can do no better.” A celebration of Jeffrey’s life will be held Sunday, September 26 at 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Chapel Hill, N.C. We ask that all in attendance wear masks. Contact family for the live-streaming link. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jeffrey’s honor to SPCA of Wake County (200 Petfinder Lane; Raleigh, 27603) or to Lutheran Disaster Response (P.O. Box 1809; Merrifield, VA 22116).