Mrs. Eugenia Deaton, 90

Eugenia (‘Genie’) W. Deaton

August 8, 1927 – January 7, 2018


The family of Eugenia Deaton (Mrs. Hubert J. Deaton, Jr.) is saddened to announce her passing after a brief illness. She died in Gainesville, GA at 90 years of age.

Genie was born in 1927 in Greenville, MS to the late Alice (Cato) and Eugene Weissinger. She was preceded in death by sisters Corrine and Iola Weissinger, and by brother William Weissinger. She moved to Gainesville in 1943 and attended Gainesville High School, class of 1945, where she was a cheerleader and played women’s basketball; holding the ladies’ single game scoring record for many years. There, she met Hubert, class of 1944, the love of her life.

Upon graduation, she attended the University of Georgia as a physics major and was initiated into Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Upon Hubert’s return from serving in the Navy, they made plans to marry, and eloped on March 8, 1947. From this moment on Genie made her family her sole priority, raising five children and caring for her parents, a sister, and her husband. She loved babies without reservation and treated each addition to the family as celebration.  

She was an active ‘Alpha Gam’ alumna, a member of bridge clubs until the last year of her life, and a loyal United Methodist; belonging to Gainesville First United Methodist Church. She was raised in a tradition of ‘Southern Hospitality’, and was an excellent cook and hostess. With her great good friend, Mary Jo Powell, she co-authored two successful cookbooks.

Genie is remembered with profound love and admiration by her husband of more than 70 years, Hubert; her children and their spouses Hubert III and Karen (Betts) Deaton of Great Falls, VA; Dell (Deaton) and husband Donnie Whitehead of Athens, GA; Miller and Tric (Kay) of Lancaster, SC; A.K.’Tinky’ (Deaton) and husband M.C. ’Butch’ Bowling of Gainesville, GA; and Ann (Deaton) Medlock, also of Gainesville; grandchildren Elisabeth Deaton, Evangeline Keller, Larissa Barrett, Alice Herndon, Donald Whitehead, Matt Deaton, Patrick Deaton, Clara Reed, Trey Bowling, and Jack Medlock; great-grandchildren Anastasia Keller; Wyatt and Lily Herndon; Wesley and Eli Whitehead; Deaton and Gaines Reed; and Armor Deaton; her surviving sisters Emelyn (Mr. Jack) Lilley and Ouida (Mr. Paul) Felker; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 13, at 3:00 PM in the chapel at Gainesville First United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends after the service in the reception hall.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Eagle Ranch, 5500 Union Church Road, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542, Hospice of Northeast GA Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, Georgia 30501, or to the Gainesville First United Methodist Church, 2780 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, Georgia 30501..

Condolences can be made online at or at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel. Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel, 989 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, Georgia 30501. 770-297-6200.

Condolences 9
Sandy Moore 2018-01-08 23:59:04
I am so very sorry to read of Genie’s passing. She was such a beautiful lady inside and out.She and Hubert had such a precious love for each other and their family. Praying for you all!
Phyllis & Charles Townsend 2018-01-09 00:56:39
Hubert, Ann and all of family, we are deeply sadden to learn of Genie’s passing. She was one of the sweetest ladies I have known.. So many memories of years of our girls friendship, all the love and kindness She bestowed to all....Our Prayers are with each of you during this hard time... Love to you all... Phyllis & Charles Townsend
Nancy and Leonard Parks 2018-01-09 13:35:36
So sorry to learn of Genie's passing. Very close family ties. So many memories of entire family and our hearts are broken. Know that all the family are in our prayers for healing, understanding, peace, and knowledge that Genie is now an angel with God. Love to all. N&L
Beverly Bonnette Andersen 2018-01-09 16:12:07
On behalf of Facebook group, "I'm a GHS Red Elephant", I want to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mrs Deaton. She impacted so many lives in her years in this community, making it a better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Beverly Bonnette Andersen, Class of 1972 Founder & Administrator "I'm a GHS Red Elephant"
Gail Sargent 2018-01-09 17:52:06
Tinky, Butch, and Trey, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending deepest condolences to you and your family.
Jody Powell 2018-01-10 13:24:22
It was very sad to hear about Genie. She was one of Mama’s best friends and Billy’s Godmother. I am sure she and my Daddy are catching up.
Kim Turner 2018-01-10 14:34:26
Tinky and the entire Deaton family, Your mom was so special to me. She helped me through a difficult time in our lives when I was a teenager. I never forgot that. She was nonjudgmental and one of the sweetest people I have ever known. It has been a wonderful experience knowing and growing up with your family. God rest her soul. Love, Kim Turner
KK Medlock 2018-01-11 19:37:18
We were saddened to learn of Genie's passing. She was a classy lady
Van and Julie Norris 2018-01-12 23:16:34
Hubert, Dell and Family. We are so sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. Just know that Our Prayers and Love are With You and Family. God has her in His Arms.
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