Wallace James Dean “WJ”, 76, departed his earthly life on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the Medical Center of Aurora, Denver, Colorado. Born in Lee County on June 7, 1935, he was a son of the late Rosette Dean.
During his earlier years, Wallace attended the public schools of Lee County. Shortly after high school, he joined the United States Army, where he served 25 years as a soldier (82nd Airborne). WJ worked with the United States Postal Services, Denver, Colorado.
Wallace was united in Holy Matrimony with Frances Wilson on August 3, 1959.
He leaves to cherish his memories: a daughter, Meshell F. Kennedy (Kelvin) of Sumter; four grandchildren, Khyisha O’. Kennedy, Kelvin L. S. Kennedy II, A’Shanique M. Kennedy and Davion W. Kennedy; one adopted granddaughter, Keirra L. Davis; one adopted great granddaughter, KiAnastii Z. Richburg, all of Sumter; two sisters of love, Essie D. Clark and Callie Mae d. China, both of Sumter; one brother of love, Willie Dean, Sr. of Sumter; four sisters-in-law, Georgia Evans and Carrie Scarborough, both of St. Charles, Sarah Dean and Frances Dean, both of Sumter; four brothers-in-law, Robert L. Wilson, Sr., Joseph Wilson, Levi Scarborough, Sr. of St. Charles and Sam Commander of Sumter; his very best friend, Leroy Wilson of Sumter; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosette Dean and two beloved brothers of love, Henry J. Dean and Sonny Dean.
Graveside services will be held 2:00 p. m., Monday, October 3, 2011 from The Fort Jackson National Cemetery 4170 Percival Road, Columbia with the Rev. Larry Clark, officiating, eulogist, assisted by Rev. Harry Clark.
The family will receive friends at the home of his daughter, Meshell F. Kennedy 1226 Swimming Pen Road, Mayesville.
The procession will leave from the home of his daughter at 12:20 p. m.
Floral bearers will be friends of the family.
Pall bearers will be United States Military Honors.
Burial will be in the Fort Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia.