In lieu of flowers, those who wish to do so may donate to Wayside Presbyterian Church, 1476 Monticello Highway, Gray, GA 31032, or to the charity of your choice in Tom’s memory.
Mr. Dean was born on Jan. 8, 1931, in Newberry, S.C., to the late Thomas Irvine Dean Sr. and the late Vera May Cole Dean. He was a graduate of Porter Military Academy in Charleston, S.C., attended The Citadel, was a graduate of the University of South Carolina, and of the Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville, Ky., with a degree in administration. He was instrumental in starting the Baptist College of Charleston (now Charleston Southern University) and coached their first baseball team.
Tom was a member of the Naval Reserve in his younger years. He was a very active person who led a full life. He loved to dance and was a member of the Islander Shag Club in Folly Beach, S.C. He took joy in planting for deer, turkey, quail, songbirds, and other native wildlife. Tom was a member of the local Moose Lodge, and former local and state chairman of Quail Unlimited. He was a member of Wayside Presbyterian Church in Wayside.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Gail Bilderback Dean; sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas Irvine Dean III (Connie) of North Augusta, S.C., Charles David Dean of Griffin and Robert Earnest Dean (Anne) of Melbourne Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Thomas Dean IV, Doary Dean Disbrow, Dorothy Spires and Travis Greene; great-grandchildren, Isabella and Day-leigh Disbrow, Tyler, Micah, Cole and Brennan Dean; sister, Virginia “Jinky” Horres; brother, Charles L. Price; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.