Willie Lariel ‘Dean’ McIntosh

Willie Lariel ‘Dean’ McIntosh

Willie Lariel “Dean” McIntosh, 89, of Marion, and formerly of Dongola, went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024, at 5:08 a.m.

He was born Oct. 8, 1934, in Dongola, the son of Curtis Wayne and Edna Myrl Coffman McIntosh .

He  attended a one-room schoolhouse at Swanpond School before going on to Dongola High School. He worked at various jobs in his youth, including the Shell Gas Station in Dongola for two years, where he noticed the love of his life, Linda, walking by on her way to Dongola High School. They were engaged in 1957.

On May 1, 1959, he married Linda Lou Eddleman at the Second Baptist Church parsonage in Marion, with the Rev. John Corbitt officiating. The couple moved to Marion and shared over 64 years together.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, working as a detachment clerk, stationed in Verdun, France, from 1957 to 1959. After that, he worked for Blankenship/Federated Auto Parts for over 45 years, primarily working as manager of the Harrisburg and Marion stores and later as an adviser to several locations.

God, family and working hard were his priorities in life. After retirement, he helped to take care of his grandchildren and loved to spoil them. He loved to read western books and watch westerns on television.

He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Dongola after being saved in his youth. He was baptized in Goodman Pond. After moving to Marion, he attended Second Baptist Church for approximately 60 years until his health would not allow it.

He is survived by his wife; daughter Debra (Harrel) Lerch; son Barry (Teresa) McIntosh; grandchildren Matthew Dean Lerch and Kaelyn Renee McIntosh; sister Rita (Gary) Dale; sister-in-law Emelia Eddleman; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Edsel McIntosh; a sister-in-law, Hallie McIntosh; a nephew, Ronal Joe McIntosh; and a niece, Rhonda Breckenridge.

Funeral services were at noon Thursday, Feb. 1, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Dongola, with Pastor Ashby Tillery and Pastor Danny Ward officiating.

Interment followed the service at Meisenheimer Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to Meisenheimer Cemetery for its upkeep.

Crain Funeral Home in Dongola was in charge of arrangements.

To view the obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.crainsonline.com.

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