TUSCALOOSA | Walter Wood Dean Sr., age 91, of Tuscaloosa, died peacefully February 7, 2014, at Hospice of West Alabama. Memorial services will be held at First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa, on February 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Ken Dunivant and Rev. Dan Kilgore officiating. Visitation with family will be held in the church following the service. Private burial services will be held later at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park, with Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel directing.
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Mr. Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Alexander Dean, Sr. and Carrie Wood Dean of Alexander City; wife, Annette Davis Dean of Tuscaloosa; brothers, Charles A. Dean, Jr. of Alexander City, and Richard W. Dean of New York City; brothers-in-law, Dr. Dudley L. Davis, Dr. Jack Davis, John Mack Davis; and sister-in-law, Marjorie Davis, all of Tuscaloosa.
Mr. Dean was born on October 14, 1922, in Alexander City, Ala. He graduated from Auburn University in 1947 with a B.S. degree in building and construction science, and from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1951 with a LL.B. degree. He served for two years as the U.S. Attorney for the Corps of Engineers in Wilmington for the State of North Carolina. He was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1951, and later to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Claims. He worked for two years in Albany, Ga. as construction project manager and pilot for A.C. Samford Construction Co. He moved to Tuscaloosa where he formed his own construction company, Walter W. Dean, Inc, in 1958. His company built commercial projects throughout the State of Alabama and he was especially proud of the many buildings constructed for the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Huntsville.
After Mr. Dean retired from his construction firm, he worked in Saudi Arabia for two years in construction material operations. He then worked for a private Saudi Arabia engineering company and was registered as a Civil Engineer in Saudi Arabia. He was also a construction consultant to the government of Indonesia.
In 1942 Mr. Dean joined the U.S. Naval V-5 pilot training program, and received his naval wings at Corpus Christi, Texas. He elected to join the U.S. Marine Corps upon receiving his wings and went to Cherry Point, N.C., for training in bomber squadron VMB 614. He was stationed in the Pacific and Midway Island, and discharged as a Major in 1946. He was also recalled to service during the Korean conflict.
He married Annette Davis of Gordo, Ala., daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Lewis C. Davis, on September 14, 1947.
Mr. Dean was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Association of General Contractors of America, North Carolina Society of Engineers, and Society of American Military Engineers. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Tuscaloosa, and the Lee Sunday school class, for over 50 years.
Survivors include his son, Walter W. Dean, Jr. (Annette) of Birmingham; son, Lewis S. Dean of Tuscaloosa; granddaughter, Amelia D. (Jon Paul) Bobo and great-granddaughter, Anne Frances Bobo of Fairhope, Ala.; granddaughter Anna S. Dean of Birmingham; and sister, Kathryn Dean of Oklahoma City.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa, 800 Greensboro Ave. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, or Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Rd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Feb. 9, 2014