Excerpt Taken from the book: "That's The Way It Was" written by John Love Dean
James Richard Dean Born: April 28, 1849 Died March 30, 1949
He talks about his Grandpa's Nephew - "Cousin Richard Dean" and the stories he would tell - "he used to visit us quite often. He was tall and slender with a long white beard, and he lacked just two weeks being one hundred years old when he died" (actually it was 4 weeks but this confirms this is our samefamily - James Richard Dean was my Great Grandfather) He talks about him taking pneumonia from digginga stump. Tells some of the storiesGrandpa Richard would tell... talks about Grandpa Richard had Typhoid Fever when he was 65 years old and the doctor wouldn't let him have anything to eat - (he had been sick for days and had not eaten) he said he was getting pretty hungry - when he heard the doctor tell "his oldest son" (this would be William Riley Dean, My Grandfather) "I've done all I can do.The old man's just not going to make it" .Now that didn't sound too good to Cousin Richard, so he called this son in and said "I heard what the doctor said.Now if I'm going to die anyway, I don't see where it would hurtfor me to have something to eat.I don't want to die hungry!I don't care what the doctor says,I want you to go in the kitchen and cook a big hoecake of corn bread and fry three or four slices of ham, and bring it to me."So they fixed it for him, knowing that in a little while he would be dead.In a few days he was up and going again.He said, "They were starving me to death!"So he recovered, and lived thirty five more years, he was well known and respected in that part of the country (Decatur County Georgia) When he died he was the oldest citizen of Decatur County Georgia. He was 28 days shy of turning 100 years old. Members of the Prosperity Primitive Baptist Church congregation had planned a special service and celebration in honor of the deceased on his 100th birthday and the 106th anniversary of the church for the latter part of April 1949.