Delta Gospel Legend O’Neal Dean Passes

MOORHEAD, MS (Ben Caxton) — Delta Gospel legend O’Neal Dean passed away at his home in Moorhead yesterday afternoon of what police said was an apparent heart-attack. Dean was a gospel recording artist and former member of the famous Dean Brothers. He was known as the “International One Man Gang” and recorded several albums in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Longtime family friend Charles Crawford, “He named himself after a wrestler. He called himself one-man-gang, and he was.” Dean performed through the decades alongside groups like the Pilgrim Jubilees, Canton Spirituals, and the Williams Brothers. Dean retired from MTD products after 40 years, and as a Gospel promoter 3 years ago. He was also a part-time employee with the Sunflower Sheriff’s Department. “He was a man that those of you who didn’t know him, once you got a chance to meet him, you would love his personality. And it’s really hard for me to talk about him because I loved him. I knew him, his family, and all of the Dean brothers. And we hope that you have gotten something out of his signing.” Dean is survived by his wife, children, a host of relatives, and his adopted family at WNLA-AM radio in Indianola.


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