Rufus Dean Plemmons
1935 - 2021
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Rufus Dean Plemmons

Mebane - Rufus Dean Plemmons, age 85, of Mebane, passed away January 10, 2021, in Burlington, NC.

Dean was born May 10, 1935 in Spring Creek, NC, to the late Farida and Viola Plemmons. After high school, he joined the United States Army in 1955 and served honorably during the Korean War. He retired from the Asheville Fire Department as a Captain after 30 years of service. Dean was a true family man who enjoyed golfing, gardening, bird watching, and taking his grandchildren on "safaris." Dean had a servant's heart and would always go the extra mile for anyone in need.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Wiley, Elsie, W.O., Helen, Lillian, J.R., Calvin, and Blaine.

Dean is survived by his devoted wife, Sue Plemmons of Mebane, NC; daughters, Debra Gaskins (James) of Summerville, SC, and Beverly Shuford (Hoyt) of Hillsborough, NC; sister, Joy Radford (Ben) of Asheville, NC; and brother, David Plemmons (Ursula) of Asheville, NC; grandchildren, Kelley Sunby (Jon) of Las Vegas, NV, Hannah Gaskins of Summerville, SC, Adrienne Byam (Nick) of Elfand, NC, Aaron Shuford (Janelle) of Boone, NC, and Kevin Shuford (Samantha) of Hillsborough, NC; as well as four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to Fairview Baptist Church, PO Box 751, Hillsborough, NC, 27278.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the VA Home-based Primary Care and Brookdale Burlington Memory Care.

To the end of his days, Dean was a good man, a godly man, a man to look up to and admire. He will be missed.

Due to Covid-19, the family has chosen to have a private ceremony.

The private funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 15, 2020 in the Chapel of West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Avenue, Weaverville, NC. Reverend Hoyt Shuford of Fairview Baptist Church, Hillsborough, NC, will officiate. Burial will follow in Ashelawn Gardens in Asheville, NC.

For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mr. Plemmons' obituary at

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Published in Asheville Citizen-Times from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2021.
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January 16, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Effie Fisher
January 13, 2021
Uncle Dean will be sorely missed. It was always a pleasure to spend time with Dean and Sue. I have lots of fond memories of times spent sharing good food, conversation and laughter with them. Dean's life was a great example of what being a Christian means. God blessed us richly with Godly aunts and uncles. For that, I will be forever grateful. We will meet again in heaven where we can celebrate forever more. Love you all so much! So sorry for your loss.
Marsha Plemmons Eller
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