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Bufrey Dean

Elder Dean was born on February 4, 1939, at Alexander City, Alabama. His parents were Herman Lee Dean, born near Houston, Texas and Emma Louise Collier, born in Elmore County, Alabama, granddaughter of Elder Joseph R. Monk of Wetumpka, Alabama.

ELDER DEAN WRITES: My Dad, two of my brothers, Joe, age 18, Ronnie, age 15 and myself at 16 were baptized the same day in 1955 and became members of Bethel Church in Coosa County, Equality, Alabama. All three of us boys had discussed being baptized. We carried a change of clothes, but Dad hid his extra clothes under the car seat. My! I was overjoyed with delight when I was blessed to see Dad baptized with us. This was a special day in my life
I met Brenda Beckett at a Sacred Harp Singing at Smyrna Primitive Baptist Church in Goodwater, Alabama. Later, I saw her baptized by her Dad, Elder Arthur Lee Beckett, at New Hope Church in Montgomery, Alabama. I just knew she was the one for me. We courted two years, mostly on weekends at church, since I was still in college at Auburn. We were married by Elder Beckett on August 30, 1959 at Fairmount Church, in Sylacauga, Alabama.

Brenda and I both moved our church membership by letters to Fairmount Church in 1961. I became the church clerk, was later ordained a deacon and at the age of 30 was called by God into the ministry and on June 28,1969 was ordained to the work of the ministry. The first church that asked for my services was Smyrna Church in Goodwater, Alabama, where I first met my companion that God has so kindly blessed me with.
I have also pastored the following churches, all in Alabama: Hopewell Church in Opelika; New Prospect Church in Goodwater; Mt. Gilead Church in Eclectic; Salem Church in Tallassee; Fairmount Church in Sylacauga; Smyrna Church inGoodwater; Liberty Church in Childersburg; Providence Church in Ashland; Valley Grove Church in Goldville; Bethany Church in Mountain; Oak Grove Church in Sylacauga; Bethel Church in Wetumpka.

I am at present the pastor of two churches: Bethel Church in Wetumpka, and Oak Grove Church in Sylacauga. I am still determined to contend for the Faith and the Bible Principles that I started out preaching.

Updated: From Ronnie Marrow

The Passing of Elder Bufrey Dean

February 4, 1939 - May 14, 2013

- The funeral service for Elder Bufrey Duvell Dean, 74, was held on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at Radney-Smith Chapel with Elder Jonathon Blakeley officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Sylacauga, AL. Elder Dean died Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, AL. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Sis. Brenda Beckett Dean and daughter, Donna Denise Phillips. Elder Dean pastored the Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church some 23 years.

Elder Dean was ordained to the ministry on June 28, 1969. During his ministry, Elder Dean served the Smyrna Primitive Baptist Church in Goodwater, Alabama, the Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church in Opelika, the New Prospect Primitive Baptist Church in Goodwater, Alabama, the Mt. Gilead Primitive Baptist Church in Eclectic, Alabama, the Salem Primitive Baptist Church in Tallassee, the Fairmount Primitive Baptist Church in Sylacauga, the Liberty Primitive Baptist Church in Childersburg, Providence Primitive Baptist Church in Ashland, the Valley Grove Primitive Baptist Church in Goldville, the Bethany Primitive Baptist Church in Mountain, the Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church in Sylacauga and the Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in Wetumpka.

He is survived by his wife, Sis. Lovie Hunnicutt-Dean of Sylacauga; sons, Dennis Dwayne Dean of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Daniel Dwight Dean, wife Cindy of Goodwater, AL; daughter, Dana Delayne Dean Williford of Opelika, AL; brothers, Joe Errol Dean, wife Iris of Mims, FL and Leron Ronnie Dean, wife Jean of Kingsport, TN; sister, Nanley Kay Dean of Alexander City, AL; grandchildren, Jason Michael Phillips, wife Jennifer of Saraland, AL, Shayna McCain Willis, husband Melvin of Birmingham, AL, Justin Blake Burnette of Talladega, AL and Holden Clay Williford of Opelika, AL; great-grandchildren, Luke Phillips, Colby Phillips, Garrett Phillips, Arianna Grace Willis, Emma Grace Burnette and Ella Faith Burnette; step-children, Craig Duane Hunnicutt, wife Tanya and Natalie Hunnicutt Thomas, husband Jeff all of Sylacauga; step-grandchildren, Taylor Elizabeth Hunnicutt, Sara Lynn Hunnicutt, Luke Edward Hunnicutt, Seth Craig Thomas, Ross Tanner Thomas and Ty Andrew Thomas. Grandsons and Nephews served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be all Primitive Baptist Elders and Deacons.

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Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)
Elder James Compton was the original founder of the 'Gospel of Grace Tape Supply.' His collection of tapes began as he traveled to Church meetings and Associations recording sermons on Reel to Reel. He has maintained this library of sermons faithfully over the years and are now the foundation of PB Sermons. org. This web site is dedicated to Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)