TUSCALOOSA | Lewis Shepherd Dean, age 58, of Tuscaloosa, died July 11, 2014, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa, with Dr. Ken Dunivant and Rev. Dan Kilgore officiating, and Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. A reception will follow services in Chitwood Hall, at the church.
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Mr. Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Wood Dean and Annette Davis Dean of Tuscaloosa; and grandparents, Charles A. Dean Sr. and Carrie Wood Dean of Alexander City, and Dr. Lewis Clifton Davis and Annie Lou Shepherd Davis of Gordo.
He is survived by his brother, Walter Wood Dean Jr. (Annette) of Birmingham; two nieces, Amelia Dean Bobo (Jon Paul) of Fairhope, and Anna Dean Still (Perry) of Birmingham, great-niece, Anne Frances Bobo of Fairhope; longtime companion, Sharon K. Deck of Tuscaloosa, her son, Cary Alan Deck (Kathy), her grandson, Joshua Alan Deck, all of Fayetteville, AR; and aunts, Alta Davis, Dee Davis, and Josephine Davis, all of Tuscaloosa, and Kathryn Dean of Oklahoma City, OK; uncle, Dr. Joe Davis of Tuscaloosa; and many cousins.
Lewis was born February 18, 1956, in Wilmington, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's Degree in Geology and from Emory University with a Master's Degree in Geology.
Lewis was a long time employee of the Geological Survey of Alabama. He loved his work, and was known for his ability to help others with research. He authored a book on Alabama's first geologist, Michael Toumey, as well as many articles on geological subjects. He recently enjoyed recognition for his major role in ""Discovering Alabama's"" newest film, ""Sylacauga- The Marble City.""
He loved Alabama History, and was a member of the Alabama Historical Association and the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society. Mr. Dean was passionate about helping animals, and was active in animal rescue and The Humane Society of West Alabama.
Lewis was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa, and a member of the Artos Sunday School Class. A kinder, gentler soul, never lived.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Humane Society of West Alabama, 1515 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404, or First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa, 800 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on July 13, 2014