Torbah "Troy" Edward Deneke

24 mayo , 194413 julio , 2021
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Torbah “Troy” Deneke was born on May 24,1944 in Waco, Texas. He passed away suddenly on July 13,2021 while in the emergency room. He was surrounded by his loving family. During his life he had many accomplishments. Troy graduated from American Technological University with a Masters in Science in 1981. He was a Battalion Signal Captain in the United States Army and was Honorably Discharged on Sept 5, 1973. Cpt. Deneke was assigned to MAC SOG in March 1970- March 1971 and was associated with the” Voice of Freedom “ in Saigon, Vietnam March 1971. He had an amazing voice and personality that would make him successful throughout the 40 years he spent in radio and sales. In the mid 1970’s, Troy developed the persona of “The Godfather of Soul” as he hosted the music as the disc jockey at the 440 Light Company in Killeen, Texas. Troy wore many hats during his radio career in Central Texas. From being a disc jockey, a salesman, General Manager and Sales Manager. He worked with many of the major stations including: KIXs AM and FM, KOOV,KTEM/KPLE, MIX 106, 107.3 THE FOX, 92.3 KIIZ. One of Troy’s accomplishments in radio was, in 1993 he was recruited to become the General Manager and Sales Manager at a new radio station that went on the air in Central Texas. He was asked to create a “new” format for an FM radio station at 106.3 on the dial. Then in the summer of 1993, “MIX 106” quickly became the number one station in the Killeen/Temple metro area and drew the highest ratings for women that have ever been seen in this market, still to this date. Troy was not just a businessman. He was very much involved in all aspects of his family. His time with his grandchildren was very special. They laughed a lot and spent much of their time playing poker, going for walks at the park, singing, getting Golden Chick and donuts, reading stories, and eating popcorn while watching Turner Classic movies. He was also a great advisor to his children when it came to over- coming obstacles. His favorite thing to say was,” This to shall pass and it’s going to get better.” He was also great at making his weekly calls to check-in on his daughter and son-in-law. Normally starting the conversation off by singing, “ I love you, a bushel and a peck…”. Troy was a dedicated husband to his loving wife for 23 years. They had their own love language when it came to loving and living the simple life. Leaving little love notes with her morning coffee or just asking her, “Have I told you today how much I love you?” All of these little things and sayings will be missed so much, but never forgotten. He is preceded in death by his father Robert E Deneke, mother Mavis Walker Deneke, son Marc F. Deneke. He is survived by his wife Myra Deneke of Harker Heights, Texas, daughter Heather Rhodes and husband Dustin Rhodes of Nolanville, Texas, daughter Cory Collier of Sierra Blanca, Texas. 3 Grandchildren, Phylamina Rhodes of Gainesville, Georgia, Hayden and Zoe Rhodes of Nolanville, Texas.


  • Funeral Service

    miércoles, 21 julio , 2021

  • Commital Service with Military Honors

    miércoles, 21 julio , 2021


Torbah "Troy" Edward Deneke


Kathryn McNamara

15 agosto , 2021

Torbah was a junior high school classmate. He was a purposeful, respectful student; a lovely person.
Pleased his life went so well. Condolences to his family.

Nita Nash

23 julio , 2021

We were classmates at Waco High. Rest In Peace, Troy. You will be missed. My condolences to the family.
Nita Nash

Mona Fullmer

21 julio , 2021

Troy was my first sales manager when I began selling radio advertising at KTEM and KPLE in Temple. When he drove up in his big Lincoln Continental and commanded attention with his booming voice and staunch walk down the halls, I remember thinking this guy was going to cause me lots of heartburn. I learned so much from him about strategy, technique and overcoming obstacles. I can hear him say “get that spot rate
Up”. Our paths crossed numerous times over the years and we always had a nice visit.

As I reminded Myra and Heather today, I was there to see Troy and Myra’s first date and they danced the night away. He seemed smitten pretty early on.

To all his family, sympathies and wishing you peace as you grieve.


16 julio , 2021

Troy you treated me and Francky like two of children you were so kind and loving man we ll never forget you. we love you Rest and Peace till me meet again.Mylene Domanite

Ken Carver

15 julio , 2021

When I took a job at KIXS in August of 1980, I was moving to a city where I knew no one. Troy apparently saw some kind of raw talent in me and guided me not only through the workings of the station but getting by in Killeen as well. Troy taught me the finer points of commercial production, interacting with clients, and introduced me to Ouzo:).

Thank you for being there for what turned out to be a very important portion of my journey. Godspeed to the God Father...

Ken Carver (aka Kevin Randall)

Michael Mayfield

15 julio , 2021

Troy was one of my favorite air personalities on the radio at KIXS in Killeen Tx. I would listen to him everyday, and at night when he would broadcast from the 440 light company. Eventually I met him when he was master of ceremonies for a Miss Flame Contest for the Fire Department in Copperas Cove in 1976 I believe. Eventually I had the opportunity to work with him at KOOV. He was not only a talented man, but a very friendly one as well. Rest in Peace Troy. You will always be remembered as the Godfather of Music. My thoughts and prayers to the family. Mike Mayfield.