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William Bruce (Sonny) Dean

Obituary for William Bruce "Bill" Dean of Gainesville, Georgia
August 20, 1939 - April 27, 2019

William Bruce "Bill" Dean, age 79, of Gainesville, Georgia went to his Heavenly home on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Mr. Dean was born on August 20, 1939 in Richmond, Virginia to the late Bruce and Martha Francis Dean. He was preceded in death by, in addition to his parent, his first wife, Nancy Stewart Dean, son Jonathan Daniel Dean, and sister, Martha Loretta Dean. 

Mr. Dean was employed in the textile industry. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gainesville. Some of Mr. Dean's memberships include: Boy Scouts of America, The History Center, Gainesville, Georgia, WWII Roundtable, Atlanta, Georgia, and the Jaycees.

Survivors include daughter, Jennifer Dean, Punta Gorda, Florida,; sons, Michael Dean, Athens, Georgia and Patrick Dean,Gainesville, Georgia; sister, Mary Francis Dean Vest, Richmond, Virginia; very special companion and caregiver, Terry Dean, Gainesville, Georgia.

This obituary was provided by: Whitfield Funeral Homes & Crematory, North Chapel,  Demorest, Georgia.

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05/01/19 04:35 PM #1    

Julia B. (Judy) Allen

Sonny was a good friend to me, the Class of '57 and to Broughton.  I'll miss him and his enthusiastic support.

05/06/19 10:59 AM #2    

Lewis Moore Strong

Sorry to hear about losing Sonny. We had a nice phone visit last year when he called to encourage me about my health. He had been through a lot himself and I was thinking that he was over the worst and that he might visit us at one of our get togethers. Rest in peace Sonny, I hope to see you again anyway. Louie

05/08/19 06:10 PM #3    

Harold D. Wilson

I will miss Bill (Sonny) Dean - he was a special friend. We were friends at NC State and remained friends during his working career with Johnson & Johnson. We were in touch with each other right to the very end.

When we were in high school, I can remember visiting with him and how nice his parents and sisters were and what a welcoming home they had.  They always made me feel like part of the family.  In college at NC State we used to run around together, and we went shagging in different parts of Eastern North Carolina.  He loved to dance.  

Sonny was always optimistic and he was aptly named Sonny because he always had a sunny disposition. He loved Broughton High School and was always complimentary of everyone.

Farewell to a special friend. 

Harold Wilson




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