Rufus Henry Deaton, 70, of the Tannehill Oil Lease passed away on May 31 at the lease. He was a native of Mountain Home, Ark., having been born there on Nov. 28, 1893. He had lived on the West Side for the past 44 years and was employed by Tannehill for 36 years. Mr. Deaton was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and Midway Lodge No. 426, F&AM. He is survived by his widow, Mae; one son, Gerald Deaton of Taft; two sisters, Agnes Brajcich of Fresno and Erdene Marie Fraga of Clovis; two brothers, Tom of Bakersfield and Jim of Texas, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the Erickson and Brown Funeral Chapel with Elder Clark B. McCall of Taft Seventh Day Adventist Church officiating. Burial will follow at the West Side District Cemetery.