Harold Gene Denning, 85, of Cottontown, passed away on Monday October 28, 2019 at Skyline Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday October 30 at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with Reverend Russ Noss and Dr. Bill Owen officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery with Ryan Denning, Joshua Denning, Gary Denning, Seth Broadus, Fletcher Broadus, and Mike Broadus serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 3 until 7 p.m. at the Robertson County Funeral Home and then on Wednesday from noon until service time at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
Mr. Denning was born October 22, 1934 in Portland to the late James Evie and Pearl Knight Denning. He graduated from Portland High School, where he played football for the Portland Panthers. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines, having served during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Denning also played football for the Marine Corp while in service. He was a retired Construction Inspector for TVA and the Corp of Engineers. Mr. Denning was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner and was a member of the Portland Lodge. He loved working jigsaw puzzles and all types of sports, especially the UT Vols and Portland Panthers. Mr. Denning loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and always wanted to be involved in what they were doing.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings: Bobby Lewis Denning and Shirley Bandy. Mr. Denning is survived by his wife of 62 years: June Goostree Denning of Cottontown, his sons and daughters-in-law: Mark and Brenda Denning of Cross Plains, Danny and Laura Denning of Cottontown, by his daughter and son-in-law: Carol Denning-Broadus and Mike Broadus of Mauldin, SC, by his brothers: Jerry Denning and Frank Denning both of Portland, Bill Denning and Gary Lynn Denning both of White House, by his sister: Sue Dean of Red Boiling Springs, and by his grandchildren: Amber Denning, Ryan Denning, Joshua Denning, Jordan Denning, Seth Broadus, and Fletcher Broadus.
Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.