Charles William Dean

November 9, 1929 - April 13, 2010
Charles William Dean

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Charles W. Dean

Dr. Charles W. Dean, 80, of Oak Island, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at his residence.

He was born in Wilmore, Ky, on November 9, 1929, the son of the late Samuel and Lena (Williams) Dean. After graduating from college, he earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Kentucky and his Doctorate in Sociology was conferred at the University of Illinois in 1963. He was also a Veteran of the United States Army.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Lou Stilwell of Ft. Mills, SC, a daughter, Pamela Wright of Southport, a son Jeffery Dean of Southport, three sisters, Addie Stokley, Mary Brunstedder, and Bobbie Crooks, all of KY, grandchildren, Matthew Wright and Nathan Wright, both of Wisconsin, Christopher Wright and Jonathan Wright, both of Wilmington.

A celebration of his life will be conducted at 2 pm Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Ocean Isle. Family and friends are asked to gather at his residence.

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A service of Village Road Memorial Chapel, Leland, NC

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  • September 20, 2011
    Kevin Ligon says:
    I am truly saddened to just now learn of Charlie's passing. He was truly an important part of my life. If it was not for him, I would not have earned my degree from UNCC. At every major point in my life, he was the one person to reach out to me when I had no one else. From guiding my career, to hiring me when I was in transition, to lending me his car and even sponsoring kids in my non profit. Because I never met my father, he was the closest thing that I had to a father. I had many talks at his home and in his garden about life in general. I would be at his beckoning call to return to the university to speak to his classes and met many new friends because of Doc. Not every student in college is lucky enough to have a mentor, a friend or father like I was. He will truly be missed. Kevin Ligon Charlotte,NC