Remembering beloved educator Dean Presson

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by Bobby Flash Melton

Camden native Alan Dean Presson, who served in various positions in public education during a career that spanned four decades and impacted lives in at least two counties, passed away last week at age 84. Since his death former co-workers, students, and friends have shared many memories and tributes
about his influence on their lives.
Presson died suddenly on Sept. 5 at the home he shared with his wife of 59 years, Julia Presson. His service was held on Sept. 7 at Oakdale Funeral Home in Camden with Russell Ragsdale of Buchanan’s Friendship Baptist Church officiating.
Born Jan. 17, 1938 in Camden, Presson graduated from Camden Central High School in 1955, then joined the U.S. Air Force for a four-year tour. He earned a bachelor’s degree, obtained a teaching certificate, and went to complete a master’s degree and education specialist credentials all from Austin Peay University.
His career in education began in the early 1960’s at Camden Junior High School. Later he took a job coaching in the Houston County Schools, ultimately serving as Superintendent of Schools in Houston County. In 1976 he returned to Camden as principal of Briarwood School. In 1980, he was elected as Benton County Superintendent of Schools, serving for eight years.
In 1988 he became a supervisor of instruction for the system and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2000.

For more information about Alan Presson and the communities reaction to his passing, look for the Thursday, September 15, 2022 issue of the Camden Chronicle.

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