From her home, overlooking a spectacular view of the mountains, Sharon Yvonne Thomas Deyton, entered her heavenly home on Friday, February 9th. Even though her time here was limited to 69 years, she lived a full and blessed life, sharing joy and happiness with all whom she encountered. Her quick wit, amazing sense of humor, and her love for others were evident to those with whom she came in contact. Our family adored her, and while we are saddened by our tremendous loss, we are encouraged by the hope that we will soon see her again.
Over 52 years ago, Sharon met the love of her life, Johnny Deyton, and together they became “Johnny and Sharon”. For many years, the two worked and farmed side by side, exhibiting a tremendous work ethic and leading by example. They were a team in every sense of the word, just as long as Sharon got to be the captain.
After working to help support her family and to put herself through college, Sharon became a teacher. For over 33 years, “Ms. Deyton” or “Ms. Sharon” took this calling very seriously. Most of these years were spent as the librarian at Cane River Middle School, and upon her retirement from Yancey County Schools, it was determined that the Cane River library would be dedicated to her, which was a humbling and delightful honor.
Sharon’s former students speak of her sweet smile, her caring ways, and her high expectations. Since her official retirement from the school system, Ms. Sharon had continued to fill-in for various teachers needing to be away from their students for an extended period of time. Just as she did during her official career, Ms. Sharon took this responsibility very seriously. She shared their burdens, lifted them in prayer, and made them a priority in her life. This was true about every student who was entrusted to her care throughout all of her teaching years.
A longtime sports fanatic, Sharon enjoyed playing as well as watching her children, her grandchildren, and her students. She was especially fond of volleyball and basketball, and kept the scorebooks for many, many years and for countless teams. She was a member of several winning Yancey County Rec League volleyball teams and participating brought her tremendous pleasure. In her later years, Tuesday and many Friday nights were spent beside her mother’s old radio, listening to Mountain Heritage football or basketball.
Sharon loved playing cards, specifically “Rook”, whether it was in a tournament or just at home with family. One thing was for certain -- no matter what she was playing, Sharon was very competitive.
Sewing was yet another hobby and she so enjoyed sharing her talents with others. Many new mothers received a tacked quilt or another type of creation for their newborn made by her loving hands.
The youngest child of the late Claude and Ruby Thomas, Sharon was also preceded in death by her brother, Walker Thomas, her sister, Donna Gardner, and a niece and dear friend, Sabra McMahan.
Left to cherish and treasure our memories of her are her husband, Johnny Deyton, along with her three daughters, Michele Laws (Randy), Miranda Elkins (CJ), and Marshay Huskins (Kevin). “Nano” also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Andy Laws, Kayleigh Chrisawn (Chad), Bayley Elkins, Logan, Malachi, Gracie and Jasmine Huskins, all of Burnsville. She has one great-granddaughter, Millie Chrisawn, to whom Nano loved to read, especially the book Epossumondas.
Sharon is also survived by her brother, Tommy Thomas and a special niece, “Tiny” (Janet Sparks/Ken), all of Spruce Pine. She will be terribly missed by her closest friends and longtime Rook companions, Claude and Linda Deyton with whom she loved playing cards, spending time, and reminiscing of their countless experiences together. A host of loving nieces and nephews, family members, friends and former students join us in mourning this great loss.
Visitation will take place on Sunday, February 11th, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held at 1PM, Monday, February 12th, at Covy Rock Free Will Baptist Church. Revs. Randy Laws, Bart Deyton and Chad Chrisawn will officiate. At the conclusion of the service, a private family burial will be held.