Dean Whitley

Born in Columbus, OH on November 7, 1943

Departed on July 17, 2020 and resided in Greenbrier, TN

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Dean Whitley, age 76 of Greenbrier, passed away at his home on July 17, 2020 surrounded by his family.

Eddie Dean Whitley was born on November 7, 1943 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Daniel Edward and Audrey Gilliam Whitley. He was a 1961 graduate of Fleming County High School in Flemingsburg, KY. He married the love of his life, Ms. Carolyn Brown, on June 15, 1963 and was blessed with three daughters. In 1976, McLean Trucking Company offered their employees a chance to move from Cincinnati to Nashville to set up a new location. After many discussion, Dean and Carolyn took the leap and moved to Greenbrier on 7 acres they would call their home for the next 44 years. It came with two ponds with catfish and a garden where they grew their own vegetables.

Dean was described as a caring man that was generous and loving. He loved to work and after retiring two times he became “Dino the Landlord.” He enjoyed driving his big Red Van to Madison to work on the 26 units. Dino was a jack of all trades and passed his knowledge down to his girls. Summer time was spent in their own little resort behind the house. It had everything you needed from the pool, to the Cabana with Slushy Machine, hibachi grill and fire pit to roast marshmallows. The Whitley Resort made for memories that will last a life time.

This last spring after not setting out a garden for four years, Dean was convinced by his children and grandchildren to set out one more garden. So, he brought out the old tractor and with the help of the whole family began a garden. Dean shared tips and tricks he had learned over the years to make this year’s garden memorable.

Dean will forever be remembered as the loving husband, father, grandfather and great- grandfather he always was.

In addition to his parents, Dean is preceded in death by his son-in-law, Shane Pinkelton.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Carolyn B. Whitley; daughters, Glynda (Jim) Shamwell, Lynda (Bubba) Adcox, Deana Whitley Pinkelton; grandchildren, Tiffany (Roy) Holmes, Kayla (Andrew) Haley, Josh Adcox, Treavor (Olivia) Thaxton, Whitley Thaxton and Bailey Adcox; great-grandchildren, Dalton Head, Emily Holmes, Becca Haley, Eli Holmes, Ryan Adcox and Theo Thaxton and chosen family, Donna, Kaitlyn, Karli, and Summit Bell.

A Life Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 25th at 4pm in the Chapel of Springfield Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 24th from 5-7pm then again on Saturday from 2pm until the time of service. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be sent to “Support Dr. Iams Research” c/o VUMC Gift and Donor Services 3322 West End Ave, Suite 900 Nashville, TN 37203-1197 or to Caris Hospice: 2308 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions we ask everyone to please wear a mask and to practicing social distancing during visitation and the funeral.

These arrangements were entrusted to Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 4005 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172: 615-384-5437.

7 Comments to Dean Whitley

  1. Bethany
    July 22, 2020 9:27 pm

    My life was so blessed by knowing Dino. For over 40 years, he treated me like his own and always welcomed me and my family into his home. We’ve traveled all over the world together, from every Hawaiian island to Aruba. We have celebrated holidays together and even “random Tuesdays”. We’ve watched so many sunsets (even an eclipse) and I could always count on him to give me his cherries! I will treasure every memory with him and all the laughs we’ve shared. He was the most unselfish person I’ve known. My heart breaks for you Carolyn, Glynda, Lynda and Deana. We have lost a special man and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing him with me!

  2. Ron Knipper
    July 23, 2020 12:59 pm

    It is with a heavy heart that I reflect on so many fond memories of time spent with Uncle Dean and family. Our family has been fortunate to have enjoyed such longevity and maintained such a strong bond with each other. It is for these reasons that each passing is felt by so many but that bond helps us all continue on with full knowledge that Uncle Dean lives on in each of our memories. The world has lost a hood man but the next world has gain a good soul. Deepest condolences to those closest to him. I am having good thoughts for you in this time and always.

  3. Christy Adcock (“Whitley”)
    July 23, 2020 11:12 pm

    Dean was such a great man! He sure loved his family and took great care of them. He was quick witted, generous, hard working and caring. Sending all my love to the Whitley family.

  4. Yvonne Sue Green
    July 24, 2020 6:26 am

    Uncle Dean was gentle man who loved his family. He will be greatly missed. God bless you all.

  5. Donna
    July 25, 2020 3:21 pm

    I’m very grateful that Steve went to work at Blevins, at least 28 years ago. You opened your arms and home to our family. You’ve always teased Deana that she was adopted, but that is my family. Dino was a one in a million. One of the best man I’ve had the privilege to know. I’m honored to call him my “other” Dad. I’ll cherish all the memories and laughs. 💜

  6. Carolyn Vice
    August 1, 2020 11:42 pm

    Fleming County High School C
    lass of 1961

  7. C & C Vice
    August 2, 2020 12:13 am

    Carolyn and Family, Dean was a special person to so many. My heart was sad when he told me he was ill. He was such a brave soul. I was so glad he got to talk to some of his classmates. I remember when you all attended his and my husband’s class reunion. Clell is such a tender soul he couldn’t talk to Dean. Hold on to all those precious memories. Love and prayers from our family to yours.

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