Thursday, April 14, 2011
Happy Birthday Mrs. Deal!
It wasn't long until marriage and a family brought her to Kingsport and a new home in the Riverview Community.
To her family and a few neighbors, she's known as Big Mama. To many folks, she is known as Mrs. Deal. On March 26th, 2011 a day early, Roberta Long Deal celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends from the Riverview neighborhood. The celebration was held in the Douglass Community Room at the V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex.
Click here to see a slideshow of Mrs. Deal's 90th birthday celebration. These pictures are courtesy of granddaughter Nikki Deal.
It's always amazing how younger folks in Riverview can keep a secret from the seniors, who are determined to know everything.
"We carefully kept the birthday party totally secret," says granddaughter Nikki Deal. "She kept asking me, 'how did you all keep this a surprise without me finding out?' Charlyne and Sinora Lewis told her that they lied to her more THAT day (the 27th), than they ever did when they were in high school."
Turns out, the surprise was a carefully crafted plan, to throw Mrs. Deal off the track.
"That's when they opened the doors and yelled 'SURPRISE!'"
"She was indeed surprised."
Mrs. Deal married her husband James W. Deal, Sr. on June 29th, 1940, exactly two months before the first families moved into the Riverview Apartments. From that union, came three children, James W. Deal, Jr, Yvonne Deal and Charlyne Deal-Edwards.
She has also been blessed with 8 grandchildren, William Fugate, Ingrid Robertson, Trippy Deal, Scotty Edwards, Nikki Deal, Kip Deal, Torre Deal and Dustin Deal... not to forget, 15 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.
Her brothers Willard Long and Eddie Long and sister Helen Bunting were also in attendance to wish their older sibling a happy birthday!
Posted by douglassriverview at 1:50 AM