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Burlie Dean Myers

April 23, 2021

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Burlie Dean Myers, 69, of Spruce Pine, NC, went home to be with Jesus on April 23, 2021 surrounded by love and family. 

Dean was born on August 2 in Union Grove, NC to Ina and Burlie Myers.  He graduated from Warren Wilson College in 1973 and moved to Elkin, NC where he met the love of his life, Shelley Boone Myers.  Dean and Shelley lived a happy life filled with laughter, joy and adventures for 46 years.

Family and friends were Dean’s life.  Being a life-long learner and educator was his passion.  He enriched the lives of countless students for decades with his love, patience and kindness.

Dean obtained his Masters in Administration & EDS from Appalachian State University before finding the highlight of his career; being principal at Tipton Hill Elementary for over 20 years.  Under his guidance and leadership, Tipton Hill (a rural WNC school) earned the remarkable accolade of #1 School in the State of North Carolina.  Dean also served two terms on the Mitchell County Board of Education.

A true man of God, Dean was a member of Lily Branch Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School and was a Deacon.  He was actively involved in the church family, Christmas plays and Bible School.

Dean was a friend to everyone he met and generous of his time, love and attention.  Never too busy for a visit or a chat, he embraced life and truly appreciated beautiful flowers, sitting on his porch and sneaking in a good nap with his best dog Chester. 

Dean is survived by his wife, Shelley, his daughters Heather Myers and Sarah Myers Bennett, son-in-law Ken Bennett, sister Bonnie Eller and his adoring grandchildren Gabriel and Sloan.  He was preceded in death in addition to his parents by three brothers, Doug, Jessie, and Randy Myers.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed. – Psalms 34:18.  We will hold your memories close to our hearts until we meet again Dean, Daddy, Poppy, Brother, Friend.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 26, 2021 at 3:00PM in Lily Branch Baptist Church with Reverend Bruce Cannon and Reverend Will Winters officiating. Interment will follow the service at Lily Branch Cemetery.

Henline - Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Myers Family.

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Funeral Service
April 26, 2021

3:00 PM
Lily Branch Baptist Church
Bakersville, North Carolina 28705

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