Kenneth Boyd Denton

August 25, 1934July 9, 2018
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Kenneth Boyd Denton, radiant Christian and a loving example to his family, church and many friends, went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on the 9th of July 2018. Ken was born in Aberdeen, Mississippi, on August 25, 1934, to Casey Kenlock Denton and Daphne Boyd Denton. Ken graduated from Aberdeen High School as valedictorian and received a BBA degree from Baylor University. Ken started his career with Arthur Anderson as a CPA while also serving in the Air Force Reserves. During this time, he met and later married Donna Vanwinkle of Kilgore, Texas, on July 17, 1960. Joining Ashland Oil in 1963, they lived in Ashland, Kentucky for thirty years where he enjoyed being a father, husband and servant in the First Baptist church as a deacon, leading, and participating on several committees. Ken held several roles in the community including Chairman of the Board of Managers for King’s Daughters Hospital, Trustee – Georgetown College and Director of the Boyd County American Heart Association. He served on the Board of Directors for Ashland Coal Inc and Melamine Chemicals Inc. After thirty years, Ken ended his career with Ashland Oil in the role of Administrative Vice President and Controller. Upon Ken’s retirement, they moved to The Woodlands, Texas, in 1993 to be near their family where they found a wonderful new family of faith in their church for the last 25 years. Ken especially spoke with great affection and admiration of his Sunday School class, collectively and individually. Many enjoyed his talent as an accomplished pianist. Ken is survived by his daughter Diann Gothard, his son David Denton, his son-in-law, Kevin Gothard, his grandchildren, Michael Gothard and Madison Cehajic and husband Boris Cehajic, his sister Barbara Denton Lewis and husband Joe Lewis. He is also survived by a close family of nieces, nephews and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his wife Donna Vanwinkle Denton and his parents. Ken will be remembered as a loving, caring, generous and humble person by friends and family. His love for his children and his grandchildren knew no bounds. His example and counsel through actions and words will be cherished and put into practice for generations to come. Friends are invited to a visitation with the family from six o’clock to eight o’clock the evening of July 12, 2018, at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home. We are celebrating Ken’s life at a service to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on July 13, 2018, at The Woodlands First Baptist Church, 11801 Grogans Mill Rd., The Woodlands, Texas 77380. Prior to the service, the family will have gathered for a private interment and graveside service at Forest Park the Woodlands Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Ken may be directed to The Woodlands First Baptist Church or a charity of your choice. To sign the register book, or to offer your memories of Ken to the family, please visit


  • Donna Vanwinkle Denton, Wife
  • Casey Kenlock Denton, Father
  • Daphne Boyd Denton, Mother
  • Diann Gothard, Daughter
  • David Denton, Son
  • Kevin Gothard, Son-in-law
  • Michael Gothard, Grandchild
  • Madison Cehajic (Boris), Grandchild
  • Barbara Denton Lewis, Sister
  • Joe Lewis, Brother-in-law
  • Mr. Denton is also survived by a close family of nieces, nephews and in-laws.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, July 13, 2018

Kenneth Boyd Denton

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Judy Robinson

July 13, 2018

Denton Family,
I'm so sorry to hear about Ken. I have many fond memories from First Baptist Ashland . He was a wonderful Christian man and lived his beliefs. Prayers.

Judy Robinson

Gary Loar

July 12, 2018

So sorry to hear of the passing of your parents. They were two of the best people anyone would ever meet. You and your family will be in our prayers and thoughts.

I enjoyed their support while coaching you in basketball at Oakview. As some say now, they were good people.

God Bless

Gary Loar

Jerry & Rita Maxwell

July 11, 2018

So sad to hear of your father's death. I worked with him for several years in Ashland. I could not have worked for a nicer person! He was so very proud of his family! We pray for your healing! Hugs to all of you!