C. R. Deal, Jr., a long-time resident of Hearne, passed away at his home on July 26, 2013. Mr. Deal was born in Gustine, Texas on February 5, 1920 and was 93 years, 5 months, and 21 days of age. As a teenager, he moved with his family to the Maysfield area. There he met the love of his life, Anice Lucille Smith, and they were married on September 28, 1940. They moved to the Brazos bottom to start their family. In 1945, C. R. joined the United States Navy as a Seabee in the 23rd Construction Battalion and helped to rebuild the runways and roads on the island of Guam. After his return from his Navy duties, he owned and operated a retail repair shop for autos, trucks, tractors and any other mechanical equipment that needed refurbishing. In the late 1950s, he learned to fly and became a very accomplished pilot, working for many years for Corpora Aerial Service. During the off-season, he repaired and refurbished watches and antique clocks.