David Garrett Dennie
September 18, 1936 – July 28, 2020
David Garrett Dennie,Jr., 83, of McKinney, Texas, went to be with his Lord on July 28, 2020. David was born on September 18, 1936 in Arp, Tennessee to Sarah Katherine Lucas Dennie and David Garrett Dennie Sr. After graduating from Ripley High School in 1954, he joined the Navy and proudly served until 1957. On June 27, 1958, David married his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth Jeanette Sytz in Dyersburg, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. David was one of a kind and loved having all daughters. He loved being a dad and then “Papa” to his grandchildren and great grandchildren and never missed a sporting event that they invited him to. David was a hard worker and never wanted to stop challenging himself. He was an avid reader and enjoyed keeping his mind sharp by working on crossword puzzles or sudoku. In David’s later years puzzles became his thing, he had a systematic way of sorting out the pieces. David never met a stranger and loved telling jokes and make those around him smile. He was actively involved with his friends and community at Brookdale Senior Living and a proud member of First Frisco United Methodist Church. Music, dancing, laughing, and teaching are just a few more passions of his, but David’s greatest love was his wife, Elizabeth. Their love for each other was seen miles away by anyone they came in contact with. David is preceded in death by his parents, Katherine and Bud Dennie; and son-in-law Duane Harris. David is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth Dennie and their four daughters, Deborah Dennie, Deidre Harris, Delaine Arcement (David), Clare Fox (Anthony); His sister Dawn Dalton (Jim); His grandchildren, Alexandra Harris (Jonathan Mowery; and their five children, Jonathan Jr., Cooper, Ruthie, Ryker, and Myles), Madelyn Harris, Cash Arcement, Emma Fox, and Mac Fox.
David will be laid to rest in Ripley, Tennessee. No services are being held at this time. The family has requested for those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation in his honor to “One Can At A Time”, a food pantry he started at Highland Heights Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN. Simply visit https://app.easytithe.com/app/giving/hhpc, choose fund “miscellaneous”, and in notes section please enter “In honor of David Dennie-One Can At A Time”.
The family requests that any condolence cards be sent to: 1864 Angel Falls Drive, Frisco, Texas 75036
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.teddickeywestfuneral.com for the Dennie family.
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David Garrett Dennie
August 8, 2020
Uncle David and Aunt Elizabeth took me in when i was 11yo for a summer after my mother had already passed away and then my father had passed. He made me feel like I was his own child. Always creating fun and laughter during a tough time. Skiing, cook outs in their back yard and them introducing me to sweet tea.
Then when I came to Little Rock for my Dietetic Internship they always had my friends and I over for a fun weekend when we needed a “get away” from studying. Such a model for me to see a husband love his wife. Rest In Peace and looking forward to seeing you in Heaven.🙏
August 3, 2020
I have missed you and David since you left Highland Heights. David always greeted me at the door with a hug and a smile and a question, "How's my adopted daughter today?"
He was truly one-of-a-kind, a man after God's own heart, thinking of others first. I pray you take comfort in the knowledge of a successful, life-long, loving marriage ... one of this earth's greatest treasures.
Blessings to you and your family,
August 1, 2020
Had the wonderful joy of having David and Elizabeth in my Sunday School Class at Central North Church (now Christ Church) in Bartlett TN for a number of years. His leadership added tremendously to our Class fellowship. I especially recall his compassion and insistence for service to others both in the class and community.
Condolences to the family.
Rest In Peace.
August 1, 2020
One of a kind. Had just shared a phone conversation a week earlier which went on and on and on. We did not want to hang up as our conversations were always so interesting. We tried and tried to find a common ancestor since I had know him and his family for so long, and both of us had roots in the small hamlet of Arp, TN. No matter, we are and will forever be best friends. Sleep well Buddy and God Bless Elizabeth and his family.
July 31, 2020
To my dear Dennie Family: I have claimed the Dennies as part of my family, not just wonderful friends. We met David back in the 1970s when David was Jim’s banker and they became best of friends and did numerous business projects together. When our families all met, we had mutual affection for each other. We became closer when our son fell in love with and married Deidre (I told Duane if he didn’t ask this precious girl to marry him, I would do it for him). David told everyone he now had a son to go with his girls. With the birth of granddaughters Alexandra and Madelyn, we became even closer and they each claimed be the favorite grandpa. Our daughter Sherri loved all the girls and was “initiated” and named a Dennie Girl. Sherri is stilled invited to join the girls on their yearly girls retreat. But back to David. He spent a lot of time in our home and it was my pleasure to listen to him and Jim talking and laughing together. I loved his laugh. A lot of the conversations got back to his girls and of course Elizabeth. I have never met any man who loved his wife more than David. They had a blessed marriage that anyone would envy. I loved him and will miss him but I have enough great memories to write a book and they will always be with me. Dennie Family and friends,. I wish for each of you peace as you adjust to life without this great man
July 31, 2020
You are in my thoughts and prayers. It is hard to believe he is gone, I just got an email on last week. Telling me a joke, he loved to tell jokes. He was the sweetest man I have ever known, always thinking of others. My heart breaks for his lovely family.