T.I. Denning Jr.

June 21, 1935January 8, 2019

T. I. Denning Jr., age 83 of Dunn passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Cape Fear Valley Memorial.

He was born June 21, 1935 in Sampson County the son of the late Thomas Denning and Lena Norris Denning. He is also preceded in death by his son, Donald Denning.

T.I. was an avid fisherman who enjoyed spending time on any body of water fishing. He was a farmer by trade who enjoyed the crops he tended and the smell of fresh tilled earth while he plowed the fields. T.I. was a kind and gentle man, soft spoken and devoted to his family.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 26 years, JoAnn Denning; daughters, Rethida Denning of Four Oaks, NC; Charlene Beasley and husband Mike of Clayton, NC; Step daughter Lisa Barefoot of Cameron, NC; Brother, Jesse Denning and wife Diane; sister, Bethodill Sessoms and husband Arnold of Erwin; Daughter in Law, Tammy Denning of Sneads Ferry, NC; 6 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren; 1 step great grandchild and numerous other loving family.

A funeral service will be held at 2 PM Saturday, January 12, 2018 at Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 784 Maple Grove Church Rd, Dunn, NC 28334 with Reverend Allison Lancaster and Reverend Mike Beasley Officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Memorial Cemetery in Dunn.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Maple Grove United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are in the care of Cromartie Miller Funeral Home.


  • JoAnn Johnson Denning, Wife
  • Rethida Denning, Daughter
  • Charlene Beasley, Daughter
  • Jesse Denning, Brother
  • Donald Denning, Son
  • Bethodill Sessoms, Sister

  • James Boyett
  • Devon Williams
  • Chris Wise
  • Randy Baker
  • Andy Herring
  • Todd Barefoot

  • Maple Grove United Methodist Church


  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, January 12, 2019

T.I. Denning Jr.

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Clifton Dixon Pats

January 10, 2019

I always enjoyed working with T. I. at Millstream Farms when I sold them a piece of farm equipment. He gave me hope that I have a chance to be physically productive for many more years. I was always amazed that he could do the physical work that he did at his age. I think that was the key to his vitality in his later years! He really enjoyed being productive. I am deeply saddened by his passing, but I am thankful for the opportunity to have know this good man. Men like him have made AMERICA great with his great work ethic and family values! Rest in peace T.I. , job well done!

Jo Ewing

January 10, 2019

Butch and l are so sorry to hear of the pasting of your loved one. May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you peace and comfort only He can give. We will continue to pray for everyone. Sending love and hugs.
Butch and Jo Ewing