By Jesse Wood
Local attorney Jim Deal was honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award on March 27 at an Appalachian State University Board of Trustees meeting on the college campus.
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award is bestowed upon “outstanding North Carolinians … who have a proven record of service to the State of North Carolina or some other special achievement, and to others as a gesture of friendship and good will,” according to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Society’s website.
Speaking on Wednesday, Deal said he was particularly thrilled to receive the honor on the campus of Appalachian State University. Deal is a graduate of ASU – as was his mother and “numerous” family members. He also served on the foundation board and board of trustees.
“It was a very appropriate setting,” Deal said. “I was fortunate enough to receive that kind of recognition and there is not a better place [to receive the award] than on the campus.”
Deal is a partner at Deal, Moseley & Smith LLP. He earned his law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and admitted to practice law in North Carolina in 1974.
He’s received a number of awards throughout the years:
- North Carolina State Bar Distinguished Service Award, 2009;
- North Carolina Bar Association Citizen Lawyer, 2007;
- Watauga County Spirit of Philanthropy Award, 2006;
- Chamber of Commerce Wade Brown Community Recognition Award 2007;
- Chamber of Commerce Alfred Adams Business Leadership Award 2008
As for service in the community, he was a member of the Watauga County Board of Commissioners from 2004 to 2012, and the majority of that time he acted as chairman. He served on the board of directors of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System during that same time.
He’s served on the UNC Board of Governors, the Watauga County Planning Board, Watauga County Board of Elections, Watauga County Board of Education, N.C. Planned Giving Council, Appalachian Theatre of the High Country and more, according to his biography on his law firm’s website.