Mr. Westbrook died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Habersham Medical Center.
Born Aug. 13, 1949, in Habersham County, he was the son of Bernice Westbrook of Cornelia and the late John Ruben Westbrook. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Bill “Bull” Westbrook, George T. Westbrook and Dillard Westbrook; and his father-in-law, Cohen Martin.
He was the owner of Dean Westbrook Used Cars, which he founded in 1971. Mr. Westbrook was a member of Cornelia Christian Church, where he served as a deacon, and he attended Level Grove Baptist Church. Dean was passionate about his involvement with Boy Scout Troop No. 24 and was also a past member of Mt. Airy Masonic Lodge.
A 1969 graduate of South Habersham High School, Dean played on the Rebel football team and was highly recognized for his outstanding athletic abilities. He received the A-All State Football Award in 1968 and went on to play in the North-South All Star game in 1969. In 2004, Dean was inducted into the Habersham Ring of Honor.
He and Gail, his beloved wife of 41 years, loved to travel, work outdoors and play with family pet, Maya, and granddogs, Bailey, Archie, Monday and Duke. Dean was the epitome of a great husband, father, son, brother and friend. He adored his family and was so proud of their accomplishments. He was admired by all and will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Gail Martin Westbrook of Alto; sons and daughters-in-law, Martin and Paula Westbrook of Alto, and Rick and Megan Westbrook of Beaverton, Ore.; sisters, Ruby Crunkleton and June Williams, both of Toccoa, and Mary Ann Hill of Cornelia; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lois and Wayne Schroyer of Hollywood, and Bonnie and Phillip Cody of Cornelia; brother, Oliver Westbrook of Clarkesville; brother and sister-in-law, Kent and Diane Westbrook of Cornelia; sister-in-law, Francine Westbrook of Alto; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bobby and Wilda Martin of Commerce; mother-in-law, Virginia Martin of Alto; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Habersham Ring of Honor, c/o Rick Kimsey, P.O. Box 826, Cornelia, GA 30531; Cornelia Boy Scout Troop No. 24, 208 Grand Ave., Cornelia, GA 30531; Level Grove Baptist Church Youth, P.O. Box 416, Cornelia, GA 30531; or to the American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605-3007.
Those wishing to express online condolences may do so by visiting whitfieldfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are in the care of Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
The Northeast Georgian
May 2, 2012