Staff

Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Joseph L. Dean, III Owner | Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, & Cremationist

Born in Columbus, Georgia and reared in East Alabama, Joseph is the owner of the funeral home and is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Cremationist.

Joseph attended Lee-Scott Academy, Southern Union, Auburn University, and Jefferson State Mortuary School. Joseph is Married to Kimberly Dean, An attorney in Opelika, Alabama, they have three sons ranging in age from 20 months to 9 years. Joseph believes it is necessary to treat every family with kindness, compassion, sincerity, and respect in order to walk with them step by step in this most difficult time.

Thank you for considering Frederick-Dean Funeral Home & Crematory as your funeral service or cremation provider.

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Rhett Barnes Office Manager | Apprentice Funeral Director

Rhett Barnes, currently 32 years old and have been in the Funeral industry for 5 years as Office Manager. Born and reared in Opp, Alabama and from there went on to Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City for two years on a baseball scholarship. I finished up my college degree at The University of Alabama and now live in Auburn, Alabama. Growing up in a small town my parents instilled in me a passion for community, and helping people in time of need. This line of work has given me that opportunity and it is something that I truly enjoy. My wife Abby is a Nurse Practitioner at Stop Watch Urgent Care and together we have two Springer Spaniels.

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Meagan Wade Hilyer Apprentice Funeral Director | Office Manager

Meagan Wade Hilyer, 26, has a Bachelor’s degree in Art & Design from LaGrange College of LaGrange, Georgia. Meagan feels greatly fortunate to be given the privilege of serving each family that chooses to trust Frederick-Dean Funeral Home & Crematory with the care of their loved one and is indebted to each family for their gifts of love and wisdom. Meagan resides in Auburn, Alabama with her husband of 2 years, Trenton Hilyer, a Mechanical Engineering graduate student at Auburn University, and their former stray cat, Maya Lin.

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Russell McLachlan Apprentice Funeral Director

Russell McLachlan, an apprentice funeral director, is a native of Milton, Florida and first came to the area in 1983 as a student at Auburn University. He worked part-time at the local funeral home.

Upon graduation in 1987, he was commissioned in the US Navy and left the area. After 30 years of service, Russell retired from the Navy but still teaches securities studies in an online Master’s program through Air University.

Russell returned to the funeral service out of his passion to assist and comfort families in their time of grief. He is married to his wife of 34 years, the former Kay Whitaker also of Milton, Florida. They have three sons and reside in Auburn, Alabama.

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Savannah Jones Funeral Assistant / Cremationist

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Adam Pierce Funeral Assistant

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Billy L. New Funeral Assistant

Billy L. New grew up in Wedowee, Alabama before moving to Lee County in 1969. He worked in the medical field for over 40 years prior to retiring and currently helps several days a week at Frederick-Dean Funeral Home. Bill is a proud Army Veteran, and he and his wife Lura have four sons and five grandchildren.

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Thad Endicott Funeral Assistant

Thad Endicott, Pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Opelika, moved to the Auburn-Opelika area in 2012. He loves ministering to people and began working at Frederick-Dean Funeral Home in 2014 as an On-staff Minister. He has a lovely wife of 23 years and 5 wonderful children. He was born and raised in Kansas, and upon graduating from Bible College in Oklahoma, he served as an associate pastor in Birmingham for over 14 years before coming to Opelika. He enjoys the opportunity to share the gospel and assist families in their time of need.

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Clint Niemeyer

Joseph L. Dean, III

Owner | Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, & Cremationist
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Born in Columbus, Georgia and reared in East Alabama, Joseph is the owner of the funeral home and is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Cremationist.

Joseph attended Lee-Scott Academy, Southern Union, Auburn University, and Jefferson State Mortuary School. Joseph is Married to Kimberly Dean, An attorney in Opelika, Alabama, they have three sons ranging in age from 20 months to 9 years. Joseph believes it is necessary to treat every family with kindness, compassion, sincerity, and respect in order to walk with them step by step in this most difficult time.

Thank you for considering Frederick-Dean Funeral Home & Crematory as your funeral service or cremation provider.

Rhett Barnes

Office Manager | Apprentice Funeral Director
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Rhett Barnes, currently 32 years old and have been in the Funeral industry for 5 years as Office Manager. Born and reared in Opp, Alabama and from there went on to Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City for two years on a baseball scholarship. I finished up my college degree at The University of Alabama and now live in Auburn, Alabama. Growing up in a small town my parents instilled in me a passion for community, and helping people in time of need. This line of work has given me that opportunity and it is something that I truly enjoy. My wife Abby is a Nurse Practitioner at Stop Watch Urgent Care and together we have two Springer Spaniels.

Meagan Wade Hilyer

Apprentice Funeral Director | Office Manager
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Meagan Wade Hilyer, 26, has a Bachelor’s degree in Art & Design from LaGrange College of LaGrange, Georgia. Meagan feels greatly fortunate to be given the privilege of serving each family that chooses to trust Frederick-Dean Funeral Home & Crematory with the care of their loved one and is indebted to each family for their gifts of love and wisdom. Meagan resides in Auburn, Alabama with her husband of 2 years, Trenton Hilyer, a Mechanical Engineering graduate student at Auburn University, and their former stray cat, Maya Lin.

Russell McLachlan

Apprentice Funeral Director
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Russell McLachlan, an apprentice funeral director, is a native of Milton, Florida and first came to the area in 1983 as a student at Auburn University. He worked part-time at the local funeral home.

Upon graduation in 1987, he was commissioned in the US Navy and left the area. After 30 years of service, Russell retired from the Navy but still teaches securities studies in an online Master’s program through Air University.

Russell returned to the funeral service out of his passion to assist and comfort families in their time of grief. He is married to his wife of 34 years, the former Kay Whitaker also of Milton, Florida. They have three sons and reside in Auburn, Alabama.

Savannah Jones

Funeral Assistant / Cremationist
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Adam Pierce

Funeral Assistant
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Billy L. New

Funeral Assistant
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Billy L. New grew up in Wedowee, Alabama before moving to Lee County in 1969. He worked in the medical field for over 40 years prior to retiring and currently helps several days a week at Frederick-Dean Funeral Home. Bill is a proud Army Veteran, and he and his wife Lura have four sons and five grandchildren.

Thad Endicott

Funeral Assistant
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Thad Endicott, Pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Opelika, moved to the Auburn-Opelika area in 2012. He loves ministering to people and began working at Frederick-Dean Funeral Home in 2014 as an On-staff Minister. He has a lovely wife of 23 years and 5 wonderful children. He was born and raised in Kansas, and upon graduating from Bible College in Oklahoma, he served as an associate pastor in Birmingham for over 14 years before coming to Opelika. He enjoys the opportunity to share the gospel and assist families in their time of need.

Clint Niemeyer

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