Thomas Eugene Denning, age 88, passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at his home in Orlinda, Tennessee. He was born in Orlinda on July 25, 1931 to Joe F. and Maude Ann Jennett Denning. He, his 6 brothers and 4 sisters were raised during the Great Depression and learned the value and necessity of hard work and the importance of family.
He was in the last graduating class of Orlinda High School. Other than a short time of working in Indianapolis, Indiana, he was a farmer all of his life. He was a member of Orlinda Baptist Church. He loved the community of Orlinda and was particularly proud of the young farmers and enjoyed seeing their success and understood their challenges. Most in the community fondly referred to him as “Castro”.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Sue Bradley Russell Denning; son, Teddy Dale Cook (Kathy) of Summerville, SC; daughter, Rebecca Anne Mullen of Pleasant View, TN; daughter, Donna Gene Denning Price (Wayne) of Clarksville, TN and brother Paul Henry “Pete” Denning of Orlinda. In addition, he is survived by 7 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren, and close to a hundred nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to the service at Robertson County Funeral Home in Springfield, TN. Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 16, from 4 to 8 pm. Visitation on Wednesday, June 17, from 11 am to time of service at 2 pm with Pastor Lance Wamble officiating. Burial will follow in Orlinda Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jason Spears, Jonathan Spears, Jackson Price, Wayne Price, Cory Cook, John Denning and Phillip Denning. Honorary pallbearers will be William Spears, Charlie Hanner, Willie Huff, Glenn Allen and Harris Green. Everyone is asked to respect the CDC guidelines for social distancing.
Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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