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Billy Reese “Bill” Dean

Billy Reese “Bill” Dean
The Messenger. 10.8.07
Billy Reese “Bill” Dean, 65, of Troy died Oct. 5, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City.
Services were Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Troy Church of Christ, with Dr. Chris Gooch officiating. Eulogies were offered by his uncle, M.B. Walker, and longtime friends Gooch, Roger Fisher and John Roy Gray. Danielle Dean and Alexa Tyler read a tribute to their grandfather. Burial followed in Rosehill Cemetery in Obion.
White-Ranson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The family requests that memorials be made to the American Lung Association or the Paragould, Ark., Children’s Home.
He was born April 17, 1942, in Memphis, son of the late James E. and Virginia (Walker) Dean. He married the former Priscilla Phillips Feb. 24, 1962. She survives.
He was a teacher in the Obion County School System and had been assistant principal of Obion County Central High School from 1970-77. He was the first principal of the Obion County Vocational School, serving from 1977-2000. He attended Rives Church of Christ and was an active member of the Obion County Education Association, the Tennessee Education Association and the National Education Association. He was also a former member of the Everett-Stewart Airport Commission.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam conflict and had been stationed at the White House from 1960-66, working as a cryptographer in the Kennedy administration. His duties included setting up secure communications prior to the president’s arrival at remote locations. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Presidential Service Badge.
He is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Susan Dean of La Vergne; his daughter and son-in-law, Ginger (Dean) and Mark Tyler of Newbern; four grandchildren, Zachary Dean and Danielle Dean, both of La Vergne, and Alexa Tyler and Levi Tyler, both of Newbern; three sisters and his brother-in-law, Rita Gibson of Union City and Annella and Carson Simpson and Debbie West, all of Jonesboro, Ark.; three brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ronnie and Teresa Phillips of Martin, Harry and Sue White of Bealeton, Va., and Jimmy and Paula Phillips of Burke, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Ronnie Phillips.
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