James M. "Jimmy" Dean passed away peacefully on October 4, 2017, at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. He was born in Kinston, NC, October 10, 1947, to the late Howard and Doris Dean. He married the late Carolyn Mae H. Dean who passed away August 13, 1984.
He is survived by his daughter Kimberly D. Cardin and husband Ray of Raleigh; granddaughter Alexandria Dean of Raleigh; brother Howard Dean and wife Diana, and family of Charlotte; brother Joseph Dean and wife Trish, and family of Winston-Salem.
Jimmy fought for lhis country during the Viet Nam waras a member of the U.S. Navy, receiving three service medals and was honorably discharged. He began working as a superintendent for CC Mangum Construction, and TR Vernal Paving and retired after twenty plus years on the job.
Jimmy was well known for enjoying billiards with friends and league play. He traveled to Las Vegas to participate in a large billiard tournament. He loved riding around in his '82 Corvette with his granddaughter on trips to the beach. Pier fishing was one of his favorite hobbies, and there was no such thing as a bad day fishing! He will be leaving behind a mountainous coin collection for his daughter and granddaughter to swim through.
The family thanks the staff at Rex Hospital for their excellent care and efforts and the dialysis center on Bush Street for their care during treatments.