Gloria Evan Waymer Dean was born on September 11th, 1943, the fourth child of the Reverend Wade Washington and Evan Brandy-burg Waymer. She received her early education in Elton Maryland and Orangeburg, South Carolina.
The salutatorian of the Wilkinson High School class of 1961, she went on to complete her baccalaureate degree in sociology and psychology at Hampton University. Following graduation, she served as a case unit supervisor within the New York City department of Social Services. In 1969 Mrs. Dean returned home, where she served as an evaluator within the South Carolina Vocation-al Rehabilitation Department. In later years, she received her master’s degree in counseling from South Carolina State University, in addition to professional certifications at Auburn University, before ultimately being named by the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation as area supervisor (Orangeburg, Bamburg, and Calhoun).
Mrs. Gloria Dean was a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church, serving as pianist, chorister, Christmas ensemble director, and worship leader. In 1989 she was initiated into the Orangeburg Alum-nae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc (Golden Life). “Simply Bridge”, her card club, was a source of ongoing sodality, friendship, and affection.
In the tender gloam of a life well lived, Mrs. Dean is cherished by those who loved her most dearly: George Robert Dean, her devoted husband. Her sons Wade Fulton (Erin) and Jason Christopher Dean. Roberta R. Waymer, Cherrie Dean Britton, Carolyn Dean Breaux, her loving sisters-in-law. Ellis Alonzo and Lewis Carroll Dean, her brothers-in-law; constant and true. For Angela Waymer Peters (Stephen), Brandi Waymer Berry (Chris), Dora Waymer, Wade Antho-ny Waymer (Zelda), and Kirkland Lamont Kearse (Evelyn), she will forever be their “Aunt Gloria.” For the host of nieces, nephews, cous-ins, and friends, she will forever be their joy.
In the duality of here and now – in the tender ephemera where memory dances into tears and laughter -- there is Gloria. She loves us. Oh yes, she loves us; “in the place of surrender … in the place where we can’t describe.” – Alexis Pauline GumbsThe service will proceed as follow:
The viewing will be held on Tuesday, March 1,2022 at Glover's Funeral Home from 1:00pm until 7:00pm.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 2,2022 at 11:00am at New Mount Zion Baptist Church of Orangeburg,SC. All those attending service must wear a mask and adhere to all COVID-19 rules and regulations.