Dennis Aaron Hepler
February 24, 1927 – August 8, 2019
Dennis Hepler, 92, a resident of Brighton Gardens for the past 6 1/2 years in Greensboro, went to his Eternal Heavenly Home on Thursday, August 8, 2019. He was born in Thomasville, NC to Charles (Ed) and Vera M. Hepler. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Marie (married 63 years); son, Bryan; brothers, Jerry and Randy, and his only sister Joyce Hepler Kluttz. Survivors are his daughters, Jan Payne (Jim) of Braselton, Georgia, Susan Hepler of Greensboro, NC; granddaughters, Jenny Payne-Simpkins (Scott) of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia and Joanna Payne of Lawrenceville, Georgia; as well as many other family members.
Dennis graduated from Fair Grove High School in Thomasville, NC in 1944. He then went to Ashmore Business College in Thomasville, NC for one year from 1944 to 1945, receiving a certificate in business courses.
In June 1945, at age 18 Dennis was drafted into the US Army. He was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia when the war ended in August 1945 (a part of the “Greatest Generation”). While at Fort Benning, he learned to drive a vehicle for the first time as he was ordered to go get a jeep and drive Colonel Kelly around. He served in the Army for 18 months leaving as Corporal.
After Army service ended, he was employed by Veterans Affairs in Winston Salem for a short time. He transferred to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Greensboro retiring in 1982, with 35 years of government service. He volunteered and served for a few days as a Voting Rights Observer for African Americans (1968) in Alabama and Mississippi. Coming from a poor family, he paid for his sister’s nurse training fees. Dennis was an occasional blood donor through the American Red Cross. Dennis also worked part-time at the former Pep Boys Store in downtown Greensboro working some week nights and Saturdays in 1961, and part-time at the former Powell’s Esso Service Station on Summit Avenue in Greensboro in 1969. He was a past President of NC Chapter of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) for one year. After retirement from the IRS, he was a specialty advertising products salesman for Francis and Lusky Company and later for the Kaeser and Blair Company.
He was a former member of American Legion Post 368-Bessemer Branch in Greensboro. He was a former member of 16th Street Baptist Church in Greensboro. He is currently a member of Lawndale Baptist Church in Greensboro. He loved to sing with a loud and booming voice in these churches and at Brighton Gardens. Dennis participated in the various daily activities at Brighton Gardens as well as going on outings in their bus, etc. He enjoyed the delicious meals served there too. Dennis loved meeting and talking to people, was very personable and optimistic, had a sense of humor and loved to laugh with you (not at you), enjoyed home back yard gardening and giving away vegetables to friends, family members and neighbors. He loved to fish at local ponds, lakes, and out of the Atlantic Ocean (mostly off NC piers). He traveled a lot in the USA on various trips by car or tour buses. He loved going to Hawaii with the NTEU meeting one year saying Hawaii was heaven on earth-very beautiful!
The family wishes to thank all staff at Brighton Gardens of Greensboro, all Hospice and Palliative Care staff of Greensboro, Legacy Healthcare Services at Brighton Gardens, and Dr. Henry Tripp of DMHC, as well as other doctors, hospital staff, nurses and dentists, etc. for their excellent concern for his well-being and health care.
Visitation will be held Thursday night, August 22, 2019, from 7 pm to 9 pm at Hanes-Lineberry, North Elm Street, Greensboro. A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 23, 2019, at 2:00 pm at Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel, 515 North Elm Street, with Chris Morris, Chaplain with Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeview Memorial Park, 3600 North O’Henry Boulevard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dennis’ memory to Lawndale Baptist Church, 3505 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408, Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405 or to the charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be shared at www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com.
- Visitation Thursday, August 22, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, August 23, 2019
- Interment Friday, August 23, 2019
Dennis Aaron Hepler
August 23, 2019
My deepest condolences to the family. It has been a wonderful 6 1/2 years being in the presence of this wonderful & thoughtful man here at Brighton Gardens of Greensboro. Mr helper always had a kind word or phrase for you. he would always ask me when I approach him " Mike how long did you serve in the Navy" and I would always say 20 years. I will truly missed that! A great man has gone home to be with his heavenly father.
August 22, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family. When i first went to work for IRS i worked with Dennis. He was very sweet to me and was instrumental in convincing me to go back and get my accounting so i could go further in my career. I retired after 33 years and will always remember Dennis.
August 19, 2019
Please know I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers in these days ahead. What an honor to have been born on the same day Brian was, and attended school with him, in addition to having your family as down the street neighbors.
May the Peace of Christ that passes all understanding be with you all.
Richard A. Thompson Jr
August 16, 2019
On behalf of the Love and Faith Christian fellowship church family, we would like to offer our condolences to the family of Bro. Dennis. He faithfully attended our worship meetings at Brighton Gardens and participated as much as he could. He was a joy be around and he will be truly missed.
Greg Boyd on behalf of Pastor Michael Thomas and the Love and Faith family.
August 15, 2019
So Sorry for your loss, been praying the Lord will give peace and comfort during this time.