2017-02-16 / Obituaries


Frank Bienville Dean, the youngest child of the late Allar Jones Dean and the late Rudolph Dean Sr., was born Feb.13, 1934 in the Vernal Chapel community of Jackson. He departed this life Feb. 13, 2017 at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley.

Frank grew up and received his first years of schooling at Vernal Chapel School. He graduated from Harper High School in Jackson and furthered his education at Alabama State University in Montgomery, where he was an active participant in the marching band. While at Alabama State, Frank became active in the Civil Rights Movement. He served as a bodyguard for the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

After graduating from Alabama State in 1958, he returned to Clarke County and worked as a teacher at Wilson Hall High School where he started the school’s first marching band. The band appeared on television many times in Mardi Gras parades.

While teaching at Wilson Hall, Frank was instrumental in obtaining equal pay for black teachers in Clarke County. After 10 years of teaching in Clarke County, he joined the faculty at Selma University where he taught biology, started a band, and served as financial aid officer.

After accepting the call into the ministry, the Rev. Dean served as pastor of his home church, Vernal Chapel Baptist Church. He later pastored the historic Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Carlton, Pine Chapel No. 2 Baptist Church in Toddtown, and finally returning to once again pastor Vernal Chapel Baptist Church. Upon retiring from Selma University, he served as moderator of the Union Missionary Baptist District Association for many years and was active in the Bethel Missionary Baptist District Association as well.

For many years the Rev. Dean owned and operated his own construction company, and The Youth Garden, a children’s clothing store.

Survivors include a son, Bienville Keith Dean and family of Selma; devoted sister-in-law, Deloris “Doshia” Dean, Jackson; devoted cousin, Melva Dean, Mobile; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four devoted brothers, Rudolph Dean Jr., Spurgeon Dean, Jerome Dean and Hildred Dean; five devoted sisters, Allar B. Scott, Magaline Stewart, Ardellar Gross, Florence Dean and Alice Etheredge; and a devoted cousin, Edmond Dean.

Viewing will be Sunday, Feb. 19 from 1 until the 2 p.m. service at Vernal Chapel Baptist Church in Jackson with Rev. Brian Chapman, pastor and Rev. E G. Scott, eulogist. Burial will be in the Vernal Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall of the church.

Condolences to the family may be offered at www.andrewsfuneralhomejackson.com and on Andrews Funeral Home Facebook page.

Andrews Funeral Home of Jackson will direct.


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