Deans, Sr., Stephen T.
Nov. 23, 1922 - Apr. 15, 2013
Stephen T. Deans, Sr., age 90, of Venice, Florida, passed away on April 15, 2013. He was born on November 23, 1922 in Wilson, North Carolina to a family of 9 brothers and 1 sister.
Steve joined the Army-Air Corp in 1941, was stationed at Venice Army Base where he met and married the love of his life, Mary Ann Blackburn Deans in 1945. After his service time he and Mary started several businesses around the area. In 1961 they started Deans Trucking and became very successful in land construction and real estate. After selling the trucking business in 1971, they started Deans Produce & farming and selling produce out of their garage on Albee Farm Road which is where they have lived since 1947. Steve was predeceased in death by his parents, L C Deans and Mary Clyde Nichols Deans, and 8 of his brothers all of Wilson, NC and his wife of 62 years, Mary, in 2008, of Venice, Fla. Steve was a member of First Baptist Church of Venice.
He is survived by his 3 sons, Stephen T. Deans, Jr. (Cherrie), Walter C. Deans (Suzanne) and James Tim Deans (Sandy); and 3 daughters, Linda M. Schaper, Patricia A. Hill, and Mary D. Young (Donnie) all of the Venice-Nokomis area. As well as 17 grandchildren and spouses, many great-grandchildren, and great, great-grandchildren. Also, his brother Bobby Deans (Joyce) and Ester Bennett of Wilson, NC, and two sister-in-laws; and his many, many nieces and nephews, and friends.
Farley Funeral Home in Venice is in charge of the arrangements, with a graveside service only at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2013 at Venice Memorial Gardens off Center Road, Venice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Venice (Building Fund), 312 Miami Ave., Venice, FL. 34284.
Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory
265 South Nokomis Avenue
Venice, FL 34285
Published in Herald Tribune from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2013