Mount Olivet Funeral Home & Cemetery

1101 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN


John Everett Denny

December 30, 1940July 21, 2020

John Everett Denny, age 79, of Nashville, Tennessee, passed away on July 21, 2020, in Nashville, after a long battle with Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease. He is preceded in death by his father, James Rae Denny, and his mother, Margaret Osment Denny.

He is survived by his son, James Rae Denny II, of Paducah, KY; his wife, Pandora Denny, of Nashville, TN; his sister, Linda Gayle Denny, of Hendersonville, TN; and his brother, J. William Denny, of Nashville, TN; grandson, Carson Denny of New York City, NY; and granddaughter, Lacy Jane Denny Wilson, of Nashville, TN.

John attended Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, TN, and graduated from Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, TN. He completed his Bachelors in Business at Cumberland College in Lebanon, TN.

John enjoyed a career in the Country Music business, initially working for Cedarwood Publishing Company. He furthered his venture with his own music publishing company, and he had his own recording studio, Denny’s Den. He was also a talent manager, record producer, and record company owner. Over the years, John had many friends in the music business.

He was a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), the Nashville Songwriters’ Association, and a founding member of Reunion of Professional Entertainers (ROPE), receiving their ROPE International Lifetime Achievement Award in Country Music in 2004. He is also a lifetime member of the Country Music Association (CMA).

There will be a private family graveside service at one o’clock in the afternoon on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at the Historic Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, TN.

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to the Country Music Hall of Fame or the Charity of your choice.

Condolences may be offered by visiting www.mountolivet.com


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Eddie Lewis

July 27, 2020

I knew John Denny in 1957. When his father Jim Denny and Web Pierce owned radio station WJAT here in Swainsboro, GA. John came down to Swainsboro to work at the radio station and he lived with my family for about ten months. My mother Doris Lewis worked at WJAT for 44 years and we had a big time entertaining John and hanging out. Deepest Sympathy Eddie Lewis and family

Sara Gillis

July 27, 2020

John was a great friend. His father, Jim Denny, owned the radio station WJAT in Swainsboro, GA where my mother worked for 42 years. John spent the summer with my brother, Eddie and my sisters and me in our home and we grew to love him. I later was an American Airlines Stewardess, based in Nashville and he was my friend also after we grew up. Will always have fond memories of him.

Eleanor Barrett

July 27, 2020

John was a gentle man and a gentleman. He was the most generous man I have known...literally the man who would give you the shirt off of his back. I was fortunate to be his neighbor at one time and a friend for many years. He lived his faith and was a humble servant of his God.

Bill Terry

July 27, 2020

Rest in Peace My Friend

Gloria O'Steen

July 27, 2020

We grew up as childhood friends, were neighbors near 100 Oaks and both worked in the music industry. Losing touch through the years, I will always have fond memories of John. Our parents were close friends, too. Our birthdays were close together so we would go eat pizza to celebrate back in the 60's. We send our deepest sympathy to John's family.

Bobby Don Bloodworth

July 24, 2020

I will always love you John......for our friendship....... the music we made.........and for the time we shared. Make great music in that next place......and say hello to "Cuz" for me.

Robyn Young

July 24, 2020

John was always a good guy to me . If he criticized . It was always in a positive way , with a full explanation of why. He encouraged me early in my career and, told me he believed I had a genuine talent. Most of all, he took the time to listen. When many would not.
R.I.P dear friend.


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