Leslie Connell Dean

Born in Springfield, TN on January 13, 1946

Departed on April 27, 2020 and resided in Springfield, TN

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Leslie Connell Dean, age 74 of Springfield, passed away on Monday, April 27, 2020 at NorthCrest Medical Center.

He was born on January 13, 1946 to the late Connell and Martha Dean at the family home in Youngville, TN. Leslie was a graduate of Springfield High School Class of 1964. After serving in the United States Air Force, he graduated from Austin Peay State University with a bachelor’s degree. He worked for the City of Springfield for 30 years and was Director of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Leslie married the love of his life on January 1, 1982. He loved coaching boys baseball with his favorite co-coach, Kenny Sherrod. He loved traveling anywhere there was a palm tree, especially North Myrtle Beach, SC and the Eastern Caribbean Islands. The members of the graduating class of 1964 were a very close group and he loved spending time with them.He was a member of Grace Baptist Church where he sang in the choir. He really enjoyed his time with his close group of friends who got together to sing karaoke. Leslie was famous for telling the “Syndey story” which always brought a good laugh to any gathering.

He will forever be remembered a loving husband, dad and Pop, devoted brother and friend to so many.

In addition to his parents, Leslie is preceded in death by his sister, Sara Dean.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Marilynda Head Dean; children, Becca Watson of Loveland, Colorado, Justin Dean of New York, and Jenni (Nick) Carter of White House; grandchildren, Jordan and Aden Carter; brother, Tony Dean of Springfield; brothers-in-law, Rufus (Mirta) Head of Port St. Lucie, FL, Fred (Debbie) Head of Cedar Hill, and Clay (Lori) Head of Springfield.

In light of COVID-19 situation we will have a drive by visitation for Leslie. We will provide a register for anyone to sign on Thursday, April 30th from 9-11am at Springfield Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at www.SpringfieldFH.com.

The family will have a Private Family visitation and Life Celebration with Brother Steve Freeman, Brother Bob Carroll, and Brother David Leavell officiating. Burial will follow at with Tom Carter, Gene Beck, Ted Stubblefield, Joe Browning, Trent Morris and Terry Martin serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer will be Roger Holman. A public memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial contributions be made to “JIE” at Grace Baptist Church: 2100 Park Plaza Drive, Springfield, TN 37172.

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

22 Comments to Leslie Connell Dean

  1. Marion Jane Richardson
    April 28, 2020 6:48 pm

    May God surround you and your family with comfort and peace during these difficult days ahead. God Bless!!

  2. Peggy Douglas
    April 28, 2020 8:06 pm

    My thoughts are with you all & prayers for your strength He was just so funny & said so many funny things. I wish I could be there He will be missed

  3. Monty and Rhonda Flanigan
    April 28, 2020 8:18 pm

    Dear Marilynda,

    Though you and Leslie had just a brief time in our lives as we served at Grace, you both had a lasting impact in our lives. Rhonda and I have spoke often of you two. Leslie was an extremely kind man and I am thankful to the Lord that He allowed our paths to cross. Please know we have prayed for you and will be praying for you in the days and weeks to come.

  4. Ron Johnson
    April 28, 2020 9:25 pm

    I’ll always remember the time I spent with Leslie while in the Air Force together..Always had a great sense of humor. My prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

  5. Jeannie Oliver Burch
    April 28, 2020 11:17 pm

    There are few people who spread kindness wherever they go. Leslie was such a person. I will remember him as someone who always had a smile and kind word and a gentle joke to share. May your legacy live on in your family. You are already missed. Wishing God’s comfort to Marilynda and all the family.

  6. Lee and Carry West
    April 28, 2020 11:23 pm

    Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our friend. And know there are no words to soften the pain or emptiness.
    The only comfort we have and share with the family and friends , is he is at peace and we will meet again in the kngdom of heaven.
    He was always helping with his church family. And a great roll model of faith.
    Rest in peace my friend.

  7. Cynthia Leavell
    April 29, 2020 11:11 am

    Marilynda, so vey sorry for your loss just found out praying for you and your family.

  8. Donnie and Linda Nicholson
    April 29, 2020 11:18 am

    Marilynda So sorry to hear about Leslie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  9. Maynor Schott
    April 29, 2020 12:26 pm

    Marilynda, I was devastated to hear of Leslie’s passing. I am truly sorry for your loss and know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  10. Sandra Hutts
    April 29, 2020 12:27 pm

    Thankful for sweet memories from Hopewell Baptist to Springfield High School. Leslie always had a big smile and hug. Much sympathy and love from the Hancock
    family.
    Sandra Hancock Hutts

  11. Lisa Dean
    April 29, 2020 2:36 pm

    Marilynda and family,
    I am so sorry about your loss and though I know the days ahead will be difficult to face, you hold the assurance that Leslie is with Jesus where you will be reunited when our Lord calls you Home…praying for peace, comfort and wonderful memories that will remain with you. I love you!
    Lisa

  12. Mike and Patti Cummings
    April 29, 2020 7:34 pm

    Our hearts are saddened for your loss. We are praying for God’s comfort and strength for the many friends and family who will miss Leslie. May God bless you with times to enjoy sweet memories of him!
    Mike and Patti Cummings

  13. Mike Blackburn
    April 30, 2020 10:05 am

    Marilynda and family, I’m sorry to hear of your loss, and our loss. I had a lot of good times sitting beside of Leslie in the choir. We will miss him.

  14. Charlie Plympton
    April 30, 2020 12:36 pm

    Marilynda I’m so sorry for you demise. I thought a lot of Leslie. I would love to tease him about the cough drops. You 2 have a special place in my heart. My God’s mercy and blessings on you and your family.

  15. Joe Dew
    April 30, 2020 5:04 pm

    Marilynda, sad to hear about Leslie.We worked together back in the seventies.He was one of the good guys.Whenever Charleen and I saw him, he greeted us graciously.Charleen would chat about the son in New York and how he was doing.May God bless you at this difficult time.

  16. Bill and Patty Moore
    May 1, 2020 10:16 am

    Marilynda, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. God bless you all🙏🙏

  17. Peggy Williams
    May 1, 2020 5:43 pm

    Marilynda, Praying daily for you during this difficult time. Leslie was a great guy with lots of laughter. He certainly was a joy to be around. Praying that God will surround you with HIS love and Comfort.

  18. Paul & Amy Flory
    May 1, 2020 10:18 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you Marylinda. We’ll miss seeing Leslie in choir, Bible Study, on the golf course, and his loving greeting every time We saw him! He was a blessing to have known.
    We take comfort in knowing we’ll see him again in the presence of our Lord…we pray the Lord gives you comfort in that as well. Call on us anytime, we love you!

  19. Steve Jarrell
    May 2, 2020 8:59 pm

    So sorry to lose my friend. Leslie’s love for beach music and oldies immediately formed a friendship between the two of us! Together, we were able to create the Music in the Park concerts that that lasted for many years at J. Travis Price Park.
    My deepest sympathy to the family.
    Thank you Leslie for all you did for me, your friends, and your city! May you R.I.P.

  20. Juanita Bagwell
    May 2, 2020 9:23 pm

    Leslie has been our friend and a Dean cousin all his life. For the past 15 years he and Marilynda have been wonderful neighbors. His legacy will live on in spirit and in memory. He will be missed by many.

  21. Woody Thomas
    May 3, 2020 9:16 am

    So sorry to hear this. Met Leslie while serving in the Air Force in Goldsboro N.C. He was one of those people who make you smile as you remember him. RIP Leslie!

  22. Dorry Miller Sadakierski
    May 8, 2020 12:43 pm

    Dear Marilynda and Family,
    May you find peace and comfort in knowing that Leslie is truly embraced in Gods love-
    Love that unites us all in heaven and on earth.
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Much love,
    Dorry Miller Sadakierski and Family

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