Calvin Fleming Dean, Sr. of Myrtle Beach, SC, died October 17 at Waccamaw Hospital in Murrells Inlet, SC after an extended illness.
Mr. Dean was born at Barbers Junction, NC on August 19, 1921, the son of Earl A. Dean and Minnie Bell Jenkins Dean. His family relocated to Burke County early in his childhood. He graduated from Drexel High school and worked for Southern Railway until he joined the military in 1941, serving during WWII in the European theater. He suffered serious leg wounds in Germany and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.After his military service he was employed by Southern Railway until 1951. He served in the US Postal Service until his retirement, his last assignment being at Park Road Post Office in Charlotte, NC.On retirement in 1977, he and his wife moved to Morganton, where they resided on Lenoir Road for a number of years. Mr. Dean was active in the local AARP chapter. Calvin was a devoted member of Drexel First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He and his wife moved to Myrtle Beach in 2003, where he enjoyed fishing and bowling until he suffered fractures of both hips. For the past year he has been a resident of National Health Care in Murrells Inlet, SC.Mr. Dean is survived by his wife of 60 years, Susan Hart Dean; two daughters, Susanne Dean of Myrtle Beach and Laura Dean of Chester SC; one son, Calvin F. Dean Jr., of Greensboro NC; and one granddaughter, Emily Dean of Chapel Hill NC; brothers, Harold L. Dean of Drexel and Paul L. Dean of Monroe, NC; sisters, Edith Garrison of Drexel and Rebecca Day of Hickory.The family will receive friends Friday, October 22 at Sossoman Funeral Home in Morganton, NC from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm. A memorial service will follow with Rev. Travis Coffey officiating. Memorial gifts may be made to the Youth Fund of Drexel First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 308, Drexel, NC 28619.
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