Wid was born in Buchanan County and lived at Russell Prater before making a home in Tazewell. He was born
on December 9, 1940, and went home to be with Jesus on January 6, 2003, following a long illness.
Wid was married to Katie Looney Deel for 42 wonderful years. He is survived by his wife, Katie; three
daughters, Karen Deel and husband, Chris, of Vansant, Jennifer Owens and husband, Jeff, of Vansant, Sondra
Sutherland and husband, Tim, of Pawleys Island, South Carolina; and one son, Jamie Deel and wife, Patti, of
Tazewell. He also leaves to mourn his loss five grandchildren, Amy, Sara, Heather, Kaitlynn, and Jake.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George W. and Missouri Deel; one grandchild, infant Owens; three
brothers, Archie, Paris and Nubern; and two sisters, Melvinie Conaway and Larnie Gay Deel.
Left to mourn his loss are two sisters, Euvie Dales of Pounding Mill, Virginia, and Polly Compton of Vansant,
Virginia; and three brothers, Donald Deel of Haysi, Virginia, Lando Deel of Tazewell, Virginia, and Earl Deel of
Dad was a quiet man of few words, but when he spoke, it was always words of kindness and wisdom. He
was never quick to judge or speak harsh. His gentle eyes were always open when anyone needed someone to
turn to. Dad was a family man, always there ready to catch up and pick us up when we fell, a strong outreached
hand to guide us on our way. The one thing that Dad had that made him so special was a smile that could change
any situation that we were in. When our hearts are breaking we can look to Heaven and see Dad smiling.
Dad suffered a long time, but through his suffering God gave us many blessings. We can look back and
remember all of the happy times we had together even while he was sick. We got to watch him talk to God
almost every minute he was awake, we listened while he begged God to have mercy on him and forgive him for
all of his sins. We were overjoyed as he asked God if there was anything standing in his way, and if so, to just
show him, and then we praised God for the smile that lit up his face. Our Dad said, “Oh, if only you could see
what I’ve seen.” That was the happiest day of his life. He wanted to share his testimony by baptism on August
Jesus said, “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath
everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.”—John 5:24
Written by: His Loving Family