He was born July 2, 1967, in Middlesboro, to the late LaGretta Francisco. Eric proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp during which time he received many honors and medals. He provided for his family a lifetime of love and happiness. He was a faithful Christian, and had a wonderful personality that brought fun and laughter with every step he took. He loved his family and especially his granddaughters, and will be greatly missed by all.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Irene Maiden.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Dean; his son and spouse, Anthony and Jamie Ridley; his daughters and spouses, Traci and Kim Zahnke, Anabeth and Titus Grizzle and Emily Dean; granddaughters, Aubrey, Maura and Paisley; his brother, Jordan Dean; his sisters, Renee Dean and Leeann Pendergraph.
Funeral services and interment will be private.
The family request memorial donations to be sent to Juvenile Diabetes Association at http://www.jdrf.org/easttennessee.
Online condolences may be made at www.cartertrent.com
Arrangements by Carter-Trent Funeral Home, 520 Watauga Street, Kingsport, Tenn.