Veteran and former MCHS teacher Jable Dean dies at 87

Jable Dean died on April 20. Funeral services will be held on May 1 at 1 p.m. at Lynchburg Funeral Home. (Photo Provided)

OBITUARY — Lynchburg native Jable Dean died on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at the age of 87.

Jable was the son of the late Jable Sr. and Jessie Mullins Dean.

He served his country well as a proud member of the US Army in Vietnam, during the IndoChina War. Family members say it was a profound experience for him, as it was done in secrecy. As one quote puts it, “We are not here. We were not there. We do not exist.” This created a brotherhood between him and his fellow service members, who later joined the Military Assistance Advisory Group. After his time in the military, Dean began his teaching career at Highland Rim in Lincoln County as a classroom teacher, then as principal. He ended his career at Moore County High School, first as principal, and finally, as a classroom teacher. He enjoyed his trips to Tunica, afternoon boat rides, visiting with friends in the county, and his Saturday night dinners at his kid’s house.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Charlene Dean; sisters, Alice Truby and Wilsie Mae Shahan. He is survived by a son, Charles (Debbie) Dean; daughters, Rebecca (Zachary) Murray and Suzanne Smith; sisters, Mattie Lou Sorrels and Frances (Bratten) Ferrell; eight grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 1, at 1p.m. at Lynchburg Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will take place from 11a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Moore County High School Library. •

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