Dorothy Ray Gilliland Dean

Published 8:53 pm Monday, September 3, 2018

Dorothy Ray (Gilliland) “Dot” Dean, 91, died on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at Willowbrook Rehabilitation & Care Center in Yadkinville.

Mrs. Dean was born in Guilford County Feb. 8, 1927, the daughter of the late Bennett and Rebecca Grimes Gilliland. She was the widow of the late Arthur Howard Dean and they were happily married for 25 years. She worked as a spinner with Cone Mills for some 15 years and attended Union Grove United Methodist Church. She enjoyed listening to old-time gospel music.

Survivors: 4 sons, Paul Barnhill and Marvin Barnhill (Kathy), all of Mocksville, Frankie Barnhill (Anne) of Wilmington and Martin Dean (Dena) of Greensboro; 3 daughters, Mary Woods of High Point, Francis R. Weir (Sam) of Shelby and Debra Ann Evans of Greensboro; a brother, Bill Gilliland (Lilly) of Greensboro; 23 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by: 2 sons, Bobby Ray Barnhill and Ralph Barley; 2 brothers, Bennett and Carroll; 2 sisters, Ellen and Mary; and a granddaughter, Debbie Ann Evans.

The visitation will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Davie Funeral Chapel. A celebration of life service will be conducted from the funeral chapel at 11 a.m. Thursday officiated by the Rev. Rowan Fay. Burial will follow in Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons.