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Vasel Lenwood Dean


Vasel Lenwood Dean, 84, of Granville County passed away Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Duke University Medical Center.

Vasel was born in Granville County to the late William Albert Dean and Fannie Garrett. He retired from Hanes Corporation after many years of service and was a part of the Berea Community.

A public viewing will be held Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 65 years, Delores Yarboro Dean; a daughter, Marsha Baird (Richard) of Oxford, two grandsons; Darrell Baird of Oxford and Brandon Dean of Rougemont; one great-granddaughter, Brittain Dean and one sister, Irene Hicks of Raleigh. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Dean and two brothers, Edward Dean and Floyd Dean.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Mt. Zion Baptist Church officiated by Reverend Keith Williams, Reverend Tim Atkins and Reverend Stan Jenkins. Special speakers will be Harvey Ellington and Kerbin Davis. You may access the funeral service by clicking on the following link:
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You may access the graveside service by clicking on the following link:
Graveside Service: If the livestream is not working, it will be uploaded shortly after the service has ended.

Flowers are kindly accepted or memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Eakes Funeral Home will be following social distancing guidelines and ask that all in attendance wear a mask or appropriate face covering.


  • Vickie and Danny Boyd Posted January 26, 2021 6:50 pm

    What a great man! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • mary newton Jan 26,2021 Posted January 26, 2021 8:00 pm

    He will be greatly missed, prayers for the family, May God bless all of you.

  • Donna Wilkins Snipes Posted January 26, 2021 8:11 pm

    Delores and Marsha, so sorry to hear of Vasel’s passing. We remember the good times our families had. What a great picture of him stirring the stew pot! Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers! Donna and Pat Wilkins

  • Joanne Tippett Posted January 26, 2021 8:30 pm

    Delores, Marsha and Irene and families. You all are in my prayers. God bless you.

  • Ray Jones Posted January 26, 2021 10:09 pm

    I worked with Vasel 10 + years at Mt Hope/ Hanes Corporation. He was a great supervisor, co-worker and friend. He will be missed. by many, especially Delores, Marsha and the grand sons. I know the thought the “sun” rose and set in. Our prayers are with you thru the coming days.

  • Rebecca cox Posted January 26, 2021 10:23 pm

    My heart is hurting , the dean family I knew from my daddy Worked on the dean farm and rented from Basel and Delois ,, we had some good times with family back in the day growing up with Marsha and mike ,, my prayers going out to Marsha and Delores,, a great man ,, my memories I’ll have of all the years ,,

    • rebecca cox Posted January 26, 2021 10:26 pm

      An error on my comment not Basel but Vasel

  • David and judy Huff Posted January 26, 2021 11:47 pm

    Our condolences to the family I worked with vasel at Hanes for many years great man to work with God Bless the family in the days ahead may you find peace and comfort in the coming days

  • Dwight Jones Posted January 27, 2021 12:22 am

    Deepest condolences to lifelong friends.

  • Mary. Ellen Johnson Kinney Posted January 27, 2021 12:47 pm

    My love and prayers to the family, Vasel was. Good neighbor to my family

  • Linda Daniel Posted January 27, 2021 3:32 pm

    Prayers to Vasal Dean’s family. God bless!

  • Cameron Currin Posted January 27, 2021 5:58 pm

    Dear Delores and Family
    You and are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. May God pour forth his blessings upon you in the days ahead.
    Rev. and Mrs. C

  • Cameron Currin Posted January 27, 2021 5:59 pm

    Cameron Currin

  • Betty Stephen’s Jackson Posted January 30, 2021 3:56 pm

    Vasel was a wonderful boss and friend. I worked with him 17 years at Mt.Hope/Hanes. He loved his family so so much. He use to tell me stories about the grand boys. Wonderful man who had a heart of gold. There will never be another like him. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Jesse Pixley Posted September 19, 2022 1:22 am

    I am so sorry for your loss just now read his obituary on Facebook I worked with Vasel at Hanes about 7years as a co supervisor he was one fine man to work with and a great friend 8 have been calling his home for months so sorry I loved Vasel like a brother God bless his family R.I, P.V .

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