This week an obituary datelined “Holden Beach” noted that “Willie Dean Dull went peacefully to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, October 22, 2021.”

Though he was born in Davie County in 1930, Dull is known largely in Guilford County through his years serving on the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and through his service in leadership roles on that board.

Dull grew up in Davie County but attended High Point University and graduated in 1952.  He later earned his master’s of education degree from Appalachian State University.

He served the country and community in several ways: in the military and as a teacher, principal and county commissioner.

He joined the United States Air Force after college and worked at the Pentagon during the Korean War.

Dull taught for three decades and, in the mid-1970s, was named “Principal of the Year” for the State of North Carolina.

He also worked in the real estate business and was active at his Methodist church.

Dull served as vice chairman and chairman of the Board of Commissioners. In addition, he served on a wide range of boards in Guilford County.

In 2002, he and his wife – now deceased – moved to Holden Beach.

Dull helped his son manage properties for the US Coast Guard as well as for the FBI and other government agencies.

His obituary reads, “Dean loved his family and friends and working in his garden with flowers which was a special love for him.  He was loved by many and everyone who knew him was especially blessed by his kind and gentle nature.”

(In the photo Dull is seated on the right.)