Dustin and Roger Dean never imagined that they’d be planning their father’s funeral services, just 5 months after he took over the family carpet business from their grandfather.
“There’s a lot of unanswered questions that my brother and I, as well as the family would like to have answered,” said Roger Dean, Jr.
The 51-year-old Dean was shot and killed Sunday night. Police say Jimmy Massengale fired three shots from a .22 rifle into Dean’s chest in his Davis Street home. Beyond those simple facts, his two sons know very little of what happened that horrible night.
“Once I got the news….my unit, they got me out in a hurry. I left Monday and was back in the states Thursday,” said Dustin Dean.
Dustin was serving his country in Afghanistan. His brother, Roger, was in Ohio. Together they want people to know what a wonderful man their father was. “My father’s work ethic, and his character, describe the person he was,” said Roger.
Dean took over Dean's Carpet in Monticello in January, after his own father's death.
Jimmy Massengale has pleaded not guilty to the murder. He remains in jail on $500,000 bond. He’s expected to be in court on Monday, June 11, when police will lay out the charges against him in a preliminary hearing.
Roger Dean, Junior says he’ll be at every court hearing.
“We just hope law enforcement takes their time and looks at all the evidence that has been gathered, and doesn’t overlook anything and justice is served as it should be,” said Roger Dean.
In the meantime, they’re planning their father’s final farewell, hoping to remember the good when a bad event took him from them.
“He was always a jokester, always want to have people laughing…would do anything for anyone,” said Dustin Dean. A legacy Dean’s two sons hope to continue on.
Funeral services for Roger Dean are set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Marvin S. Hicks Funeral Home in Monticello. Burial will follow at the Elk Spring Cemetery.
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