Dean Arnold Stamper, 73, of McGrady passed away Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Medical Center. He was born March 8, 1946, in Wilkes County to Connie and Bessie Mae Ellis Stamper.

Mr. Stamper loved to fish and hunt. He also loved being with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Stamper was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Lynn Annette Stamper; his brothers, William Donald Stamper and Montie Stamper; a sister, Grace Beck and brother-in-law, Jim; and a brother-in-law, Eugene James.

Dean is survived by his wife, Nancy Carol Johnson Stamper; his sons, Steven Stamper of Wilkesboro and Roy Thomas Stamper of Raleigh; his daughter, Sheila Stamper Brock of McGrady; a brother, Ivory Lester Stamper of Wilkes; his sisters, Vella James of Winston-Salem and Cleo Stamper Rakes of Wilkesboro; a sister-in-law, Gladys Stamper of Wilkes; his grandchildren, Christina Darnelle Stamper of Kings Mountain, Steven Worth Stamper and William Dean Brock, both of McGrady, and Adam Joseph Brock and spouse, Ashley, of Hendersonville; five great-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren on the way; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at Cane Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Kenny Absher officiating. The family received friends at Miller Funeral Service from 10 until 11 a.m. Wednesday, prior to the service.

Flowers will be accepted.

Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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