Gary Lee Dean

Tuesday, March 15, 1955 - Thursday, April 1, 2021

A Man Deeply Missed

Photo of Gary Lee Dean  - 1955-2021

Leicester – Gary Lee Dean, age 66, passed away Thursday, April 1, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.

Gary was born March 15, 1955 in Washington, D.C. He graduated from High Point High School in Beltsville, MD, and was employed as an on-air radio personality with the local radio station and had also worked as a disc jockey for nighttime parties and events. His true passion was drag racing, and he had skillfully raced his alcohol injection dragster up and down the east coast and competed in numerous races. In his later years, Gary was self-employed as a custom interior painter throughout Maryland and Western North Carolina. As an avid collector of rare and unusual coins, his knowledge of the history of each coin amazed everyone. He had a heart for adventure and he enjoyed camping and always seemed to be drawn to water. Gary and his wife Kathryn together owned The Still in Leicester where he was often involved in shooting a game pool with the guys or playing chess. Helping others in the community was always an important part of Gary's and Kathryn's lives, and they selflessly set up numerous events to support those in need, gave to veterans groups, and also helped to provide Christmas for children and other folks in the community. There was never a dull moment with Gary, and his love for telling jokes and his gift to lighten the heaviest of hearts will be deeply missed.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Sharon Ferguson; and his Nana and Grandpaw Ferguson.

Surviving are his wife Kathryn Magargel Dean; 2 daughters, Kelly Dean and husband Robert Brailer of Leicester, Alexis Hart and husband Zachary of Leicester; and son, Nicholas Dean of Leicester; grandchildren, Robert Brailer, Jr., Brieanna Brailer and fiancé Casey Wimmer, Kylee Brailer, Dylan Brailer, and Aldyn Brailer; sister, Lori Dean of Wisconsin; mother, Marilyn Ferguson; mother-in-law, Judith Magargel; and the mother of his daughter, Kelly, Karen Mahon.

A graveside funeral service to honor and remember the life of Gary will be held at 3:30 pm Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Bell United Methodist Church Cemetery in Leicester. Pastor Sandy Devoid will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Gary's memory to Four Seasons Foundation at 211 N. Main St., Hendersonville NC 28792.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Dean family.

Condolences from family and friends

We are sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you jack and Linda
Linda Bridges
Katie & family, I am so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. You will have a powerful angel watching over you, for sure. Gary's love of family and community were obvious at all times. I pray for you all during this journey of grief. May you all hold tight to your memories. They'll help you through.
Cyndi Woodruff
We are so sorry for your loss! May your many happy memories give you solace and peace in your time of sorrow. “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you PEACE.” Lee and Amy Loy
Lee and Amy Loy
I'm sorry I was not able to be there for the service today but please know that you all have been in my thoughts and prayers daily. Sending love and healing thoughts, I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Tamee Thomas
Sorry for your loss. We are thinking of all of you during this time.
Beth Johnson
I am so sorry . He was like a father and a best friend to me . I was unable to attend funeral due to covid quarantine and did not wanna risk anybody getting sick on my behalf . I wanted to risk it so bad but he would have told me himself that was stupid. I will forever remember that man and always love him. His bbq sauce recipe he swore me not to tell will forever be in my presence. Love u Gary always and forever
Bryan Allen
Gary was a joy to be around. Always ready with a smile and a laugh! He'll be missed. You're in my thoughts. Xoxo
Kelly J