Wendell Deer
Wendell Deer
  • November 2, 1933 - February 19, 2011
  • Clinton, Mississippi

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George Wendell Deer, 77, of Clinton, passed away peacefully, Saturday, February 19, 2011 at Baptist Hospital, Jackson, MS. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home in Clinton, MS. The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 20, 2011 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Wright and Ferguson Funeral home in Clinton, MS. Graveside services will follow at Wright and Ferguson on Highland Colony in Ridgeland, MS.

Wendell Deer was born November 2, 1933, in Brookhaven, Mississippi, the fourth of six children. He was preceded in death by parents, Harvey Lealon Deer and Eva Mae Mullins Deer; siblings Lealon Deer and Millard Deer. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Shirley Baughtman Deer; his two children, Bruce Deer (Teresa), of Ridgeland and Sharon Deer Greer (Tony), of Clinton; five grandchildren, Candace Deer of Birmingham, AL; Brandon Deer of Ridgeland; Melanie Greer, Michael Greer and Stephen Greer of Clinton; brother, Robert Deer of Youngsville, LA; sisters, Wilda Grimsley (David) of Utica, and Ruth Stanhope (Gordon) of Madison, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Dr. Deer graduated from Salem High School and Southwest Community College. He later served in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science at the University of Southern Mississippi. He received his Doctorate of Education in Mathematics and Statistics from Florida State University. He was a life long educator, serving as Chairman of the Math Department at Mississippi College from 1969-1980. Dr. Deer later worked for the Army Corp of Engineers in Vicksburg and served as Director of Economics and Planning for the Mississippi Public Service Commission. He also taught at Hinds Community College.

Wendell was a member of First Baptist Church in Clinton for over 40 years. His great love was his family. Wendell was also an avid gardener with a passion for roses.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Clinton.