Wesley Dean Derey of Carrboro, NC, formerly of Lake Worth, FL, died September 10, 2014 at his home following a long illness. He was born January 4, 1949 in Bristol, VA to the late Ruby Marsh Hamm Derey and Dean Cicero Derey. He spent his early years in Bristol, TN and grew up in Marion, NC.
For many years, he served as a Eucharist minister for his Catholic Church in Lake Worth.
His greatest accomplishments were his volunteer work with the American Lung Association to spread awareness about smoking and emphysema, earning his bachelor's degree from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL, and his love for his family and friends. He enjoyed lighthouses, the beach, genealogy, and talking with anyone and everyone.
His diverse career included working for the Miami Shores Police Department, the Broward County Sheriff's Department, and Channel 7 in Miami and as a counselor of troubled youth and a child-abuse investigator, all in Florida.
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In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Bobbie Lee Derey, half- sister Jane Derey Knight, and brother-in-law Gary Gammill.
He is survived by his daughter Jessica Derey of Pembroke Pines, FL; granddaughter Destini Dutton of Pembroke Pines, FL; son Derek Bowlan of Port St. Lucie, FL; half-sister Jean Anthes of St. Johns, MI; sister Marsha Gammill of Apex, NC; brother William Derey of Carrboro, NC; sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Jerry Sparrow of Chapel Hill; former wife Maria Derey, with whom he remained close; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews who loved him.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.