Troy William Deacon, 44, of Lynchburg passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2023, after a long illness. He was the beloved spouse of Ted Delaney for 17 years.
Troy was born on October 10, 1978, in Lynchburg to Walter and Delores Viar Deacon. He graduated from Heritage High School and attended Central Virginia Community College and Virginia Commonwealth University. He began his 25-year banking career as a branch manager for Wachovia and First Citizens Banks in Lynchburg. After working for UBS Financial Services in both Richmond and Lynchburg, he spent 14 years with the investment and insurance division of Bank of the James. Troy loved his customers, and many of his co-workers were lifelong friends.
Troy co-founded Estates & Consignments in Lynchburg in 2013 before leaving it to open High Cotton Fine Home Furnishings & Gifts in 2016, which specialized in estate and tag sales. He and his incredible staff conducted over 40 sales across Central Virginia in five years. Troy had effortless, exquisite taste and a knack for finding hidden gems and bargains everywhere.
Troy loved to collect beautiful things and create beautiful spaces. His style and creativity filled many homes, offices, and lobbies with antiques and local artwork. One of his proudest accomplishments was the total restoration of 301 Cabell Street in the Daniel’s Hill neighborhood, for which he won a merit award from the Lynchburg Historical Foundation in 2007 and which was featured on the 2012 Garden Day tour. Troy served for several years on the board of the Lynchburg Historical Foundation, including as its president in 2012–2013 and 2016–2017. He supported many of Ted’s historical endeavors at the Old City Cemetery and Lynchburg Museum System, often working behind the scenes and avoiding the spotlight.
Just like his father, Troy never met a stranger. He made friends easily with his smile, disarming charm, and sense of humor. Just like his mother, he was a natural leader, both opinionated and decisive. From his Aunt Nelda he learned the motto “Get Up, Dress Up, and Show Up,” always meticulous about his appearance and impeccably dressed. He also inherited Nelda’s love for entertaining, hosting, and gathering family together.
Above all, Troy was a generous, sweet, and caring soul who always thought of others and gave freely. He worked very hard to take care of others, especially his family. Now he is at rest with “peace and grace,” reunited with his family, best friends Bea and Nora, and beloved dog Lucy.
Troy was predeceased by his parents; sister Lisa Deacon Williams; aunts and uncles Nelda and Robert Fields, Dennis Deacon, Eleanor Deacon, Clarence W. Bobbitt, Jr., Sheila Viar Clark, Ollie H. Bobbitt, Jr., and Jessie Lee Bobbitt, Sr.; and cousin Dennis Deacon, Jr.
In addition to his spouse, Troy is survived by his brother Todd Deacon of Lynchburg; aunt and uncle Wanda and Gene Williams of Appomattox, Virginia; uncle Frank Deacon, Sr., of Nacogdoches, Texas; mother-in-law Elizabeth Delaney of Gordonsville, Virginia; father-in-law Thomas Delaney of Lynchburg; brothers and sisters-in-law Raymond Williams of Lynchburg, Ben and Carrie Delaney of Lynchburg, Keegan and Whitney Delaney of Great Falls, Virginia, and Patrick Delaney and Sara McDonough of Huntington Beach, California; and many dearly loved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A celebration of Troy’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory in Lynchburg. The family will receive visitors one hour before the service, and a reception will follow after the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to the Troy Deacon Fund at the Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation, 1100 Commerce Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504, or www.lynchburgfoundation.org/donate
Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg is assisting the family.