Bobby Grey Deaver

December 4, 1932 - May 9, 2020
Bobby Grey Deaver

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Bobby Grey Deaver, 87, died Saturday, May 9, 2020 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Bobby was born on December 4, 1932 in Fayetteville, North Carolina to Enoch Edward Deaver, Jr. and Myrtle Margaret (Phillips) Deaver.

He was predeceased by his parents and son Kipling Grey Deaver; granddaughter Mattie Grey Deaver; brother Jennings Edward Deaver; sisters Winifred Phillips Deaver and Margaret Deaver.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years Myrtle Anne (Pearce) Deaver, daughters: Danni Deaver Hoefling (Randall) and Donna Deaver Burgess; sons: Edward Wood Deaver (Erica) and Benjamin Will Deaver (Ella); nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews.

Bobby graduated from Massey Hill High School and Louisburg College. After College he entered the Army and was a member of Company I, 15th Infantry Regiment. During this time, he was in the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After returning from the Korean War, he attended and graduated from the University of North Carolina Law School. He was an attorney with Brown, Fox, and Deaver Law Firm for many years. Bobby and Myrtle retired in the North Carolina mountain town of West Jefferson.

Bobby was a proud veteran who served his country with honor as well as his father Enoch Edward Deaver Jr. who served in WWI and his brother Jennings Edward Deaver who served in WWII and son Benjamin Will Deaver all of whom served in the USArmy.

A celebration of life will be held later.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Wounded Warriors Project at

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  • May 16, 2020
    Bruce and Barbara Murdoch says:
    We were very saddened to learn of the passing of Bobby Deaver. Our sympathies to his wife Myrt, and all of the Deaver family. The World just lost a true Gentleman. Bruce and Barbara Murdoch

  • May 17, 2020
    Jimmy and Mary Peaden says:
    All of our deepest sympathy and love to the entire family. Ben, I remember your Mother and Father from our high school days. Two of the most wonderful people you will ever meet. We will be lifting you all up in prayer.

  • May 17, 2020
    Jimmy and Mary Peaden says:
    All of our deepest of sympathy and love for the entire family. Ben, I remember your parents from our high school days. Two of the most wonderful people in the world. We will continue to lift you up in prayer.

  • May 19, 2020
    David Benbow says:
    I, too, am an attorney who served in the Army in Korea, but my service was some years after Mr. Deaver's service. Maybe we walked the same ground. Rest in peace Brother.