Bonnie Evelyn Hicks Dean, 90, of Granite Falls, passed away peacefully on Thursday August 24, 2023 at her residence following a period of declining health.

Mrs. Dean was born on July 11, 1933 in Avery County to the late Hobert Hicks and Dora Buchanan Hicks. She was retired as food service director with Glenstone/Brian Center Nursing Home in Boone.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Roger Melvin Dean, Sr.; and ten siblings; and her son, Roger Melvin Dean, Jr.

Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth (Beth) Dean of Granite Falls and Patty Dean Williams of Linville; three grandchildren, Amber Williams of Linville, Ginger Williams of Linville and Brandon Dean of Hickory; three great-grandchildren, Kay Lee Mars Pitts of Linville, Jo Lene Pitts of Linville, Bentley Berkley of Linville; and one living sister, Beulah Hicks Duckworth of Morganton. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held at the Taylor Cemetery in Linville, where she will be laid to rest beside her husband Roger.

An online guestbook and obituary are available at

Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.