Herbert E. “Gene” Dean obit

Herbert E. “Gene” Dean, born in VanLeer, Tennessee Jan. 2, 1928, passed on March 16, 2022.

Gene is preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Dorothy Pettus Dean; parents, Grace and Ira Dean; sister, Mildred Dean Engles and brother, Edgar H. Dean.

He is survived by his brother, Clyde C. Dean (Mae); daughter, Diane Boggs (Lee) and children, Michele Beam and Missy Morgan (Andrew); daughter, Donna Granquist (Gary) and children, Traci Gilmartin (Kevin) and Taylor McCormick; five great-grandchildren, Tyler and Ellie Beam, Maddie and Molly Morgan, and KJ Gilmartin.

Gene graduated from Bellevue High School in 1946. After graduation, he worked for Seigreist Bakery as a salesman. During this time, Gene loved skating at the Hippodrome Rink where he met young Dorothy Pettus.

Gene was inducted in the United States Army in September 1950. On his first furlough, he married the love of his life, Dorothy. He served in Korea in heavy mortar and combat units. He completed his service rising to Master Sergeant.

Upon returning to Nashville, he started work with the Coca Cola Bottling Co. where he moved up the corporate ladder from route salesman, route manager, sales manager, general manager to Vice President for the Nashville Mid-TN region. He was an active member of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and the Sales and Marketing Club. Gene retired in 1989, and then he and Dorothy traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Gene was an active and loyal member of the Forest Hills Baptist Church. Gene loved his neighbors and community where he served on the “HandyMan” Club and attended regular afternoon socials.

The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the amazing caregivers who served him on this journey. Your compassion and care have been a wonderful gift to us all.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Amedisys Hospice.

A Service will be held Friday March 18, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home with visitation beginning on our prior to service 

A private family service at Middle Tennessee Veteran Cemetery at a later date.