Parker Memorial Funeral Home
Wednesday, December 07, 2022
Wednesday, December 07, 2022
Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”
In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.
Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on December 2, 2022, and has moved on to his heavenly home. SGT(Ret) John Hall Dean, age 83, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within the 223rd Engineer Battalion, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.
It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.
Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.
You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.
“Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”
Obituary, visitation, and service details:
Johnny Hall Dean of Calhoun City, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at the age of 83. He was a native of Choctaw County and lived most of his life in Calhoun City. Since 2021 he resided in Hattiesburg, MS.
He was born on April 9, 1939, to John Milton and Avonell Hall Dean. He was a devoted husband to his beloved wife Clara Beth Harris Dean. They were blessed with 57 wonderful years of marriage. He was also a loving father and grandfather. He loved spending time with family and especially his grandchildren. He was a career employee of the federal government. In 1996 he retired as District Director of the Farmers Home Administration. He served his country in the MS National Guard. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University and a lifelong Bulldog Fan. He had many interests and hobbies. He enjoyed afternoons of golf at Pine Hills Country Club playing with his friends and family. He also enjoyed construction projects and MSU athletics. He was a member of First Baptist Church Calhoun City where he served as a deacon.
Johnny is survived by his wife, Beth Dean; his daughter Sharon (Chris) Davis; and grandchildren Mark Davis and Layne Davis. He is also survived by his sister Joyce Cupit and brother Jerry (Myra) Dean and many nieces and nephews.
He is proceeded in death by his parents Milton and Avonell Dean and sister Jane (Harvey) Cook.
A funeral service honoring Johnny’s life will be held on Wednesday December 7, 2022, at 1:00 PM in First Baptist Church Calhoun City with Dr. Anthony Kay and Bro. Chad Logan officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at First Baptist Church Calhoun City. A graveside service will follow at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Weir, MS at 4:00 PM Those serving as pallbearers are John Dean, Jordan Dean, Kevin Moore, Woody Jones, Chris Hawkins and Dale Hayes.
The staff of Parker Memorial Funeral Home is honored to serve the Dean family as they walk through this season of loss. We ask that you keep them, in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn the passing of their loved one.