1931 – 2016
Samuel Charles Deane passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 15th, surrounded by his loving family. Born June 15, 1931 to Floyd Deane and Cornelia Dickerson, Sam was raised in Charlottesville, Virginia by his sister, Florence Burnett. He was a Korean War veteran, serving two years as an airplane and helicopter mechanic while stationed in Germany. Upon returning stateside in 1955, he married his sweetheart, Barbara Jane Rose of Fairfax, Virginia, and they remained devoted to each other throughout their 60 years of marriage. Sam was a loving father to four children and an adoring grandfather to eight grandchildren. Among his many friends and the community, Sam, along with his wife Jane, was well known as the proprietor of The Atoka General Store. Sam’s life-long passion was training Thoroughbred racehorses. Training his racing prospects largely from his own backyard, he proved very successful in the Mid-Atlantic region with numerous winners to his credit. Sam is survived by his wife Barbara Jane Deane; his sister, Florence Burnett; his four children, Laura Karoll of New Jersey, and John Deane, Mark Deane, and Angela Deane of Virginia; and seven beloved grandchildren, John Michael Hill, Taryn Deane, Katelyn Deane, Jacob Deane, Jesse Deane, Jenna Deane, and Morgan Carriero. Sam was predeceased by his grandson, Sam Deane. A celebration of Sam’s life will be held on Thursday, February 18 at 3:00 p.m. at the Middleburg Methodist Church, Middleburg, Virginia. After the service, a reception will follow at the church.