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In Memory of

Irvin Nathan Dennis

June 15, 1931 - October 10, 2016

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Irvin Nathan Dennis "Sonny", went to be with Jesus Christ forever on October 10, 2016. Sonny was born in Paw Creek Township of Mecklenburg County, NC on June 15, 1931 to James Nathan Dennis and Opal Mast Dennis. He had three sisters; Ponzell Elizabeth Dennis Auten (Jimmy - deceased), Betty Joyce Dennis Hunt (Tommy - deceased), and Juanita Dennis Griffin (John); Cousins Carolyn Mast Trivette (Alfred) - raised by her Aunt Opal Mast and Uncle James Dennis from age three until high school in Granite Falls, NC.

Sonny graduated from Paw Creek High...

Irvin Nathan Dennis "Sonny", went to be with Jesus Christ forever on October 10, 2016. Sonny was born in Paw Creek Township of Mecklenburg County, NC on June 15, 1931 to James Nathan Dennis and Opal Mast Dennis. He had three sisters; Ponzell Elizabeth Dennis Auten (Jimmy - deceased), Betty Joyce Dennis Hunt (Tommy - deceased), and Juanita Dennis Griffin (John); Cousins Carolyn Mast Trivette (Alfred) - raised by her Aunt Opal Mast and Uncle James Dennis from age three until high school in Granite Falls, NC.

Sonny graduated from Paw Creek High School in the class of 1950 (also known as "Shabo" by his friends.
During the Korean War he was waiting to be drafted in the U. S. Army. The Draft Board gave him thirty days to pick another branch of service. So, five of his closest friends decided to join the U. S. Navy - Bill Edwards, Lindsay Edwards, Oscar Kelly, Jim Cathey and Sonny all joined in Columbia, SC. In two days, we were on a train headed for California. The five friends were in the same company training for eleven weeks. Then, Jim Cathey was sent to Texas for Fire Fighting, Lindsay Edwards was sent to an Island in the Pacific for Radio School. Oscar Kelly, Bill Edward and Sonny were assigned to a destroyer in Mothball Fleet in San Pedro, CA. Sonny proudly served in the U. S. Navy recommissioning ships back to the fleet. Sonny served in traveling to Japan, was at the bombardment with the U.S.S. Missouri along North Korea. After detachment, Sonny and his friends were included in a "Round-the-world-Cruise", including The Philippines, ports through the Red Sea through Egypt, to the Mediterranean Sea to Greece, Italy, the French Riviera, through Gibraltar, then back to Norfolk, VA. Other ships Sonny served on during the four year enlistment: DM 523 U.S. McComb, then the LST 1069 back to sea to Porta Rica. Then, back to Charleston, SC receiving an Honorable Discharge.

In July, 1956, Sonny was hired by the Mecklenburg County Police Department as a Law Enforcement Officer. He also served 10 years during the Vietnam War hired by RMK Bros. in security work in and around Saigon, S. Vietnam, and supervised 150 guards and 40 Military moon-lighting part timers. On January 1, 1968 Sonny was rehired by the Mecklenburg County Police Department retiring in January, 1987.

Sonny's relationship with Jesus Christ came at approximately 10 years of age in a small Church of God in Newberry, SC. He also rededicated his life back to God and attended Garr Memorial Church with Rev. Alfred Garr, Word of Faith Church with Rev. Edward Adams, and lastly attended the Central Church of God in Charlotte, NC.

His first marriage was to Jean Dennis and had two children; Michael (who predeceased Sonny), and a daughter Lisa Dennis Atkinson. He had four grandchildren Keli Atkinson, Kyle Atkinson, Charles Smith, Daniel Smith and Great Grandson, JR.
His second marriage was to Nancy Dennis and had two step children; Lorrie Smith (Bruce), and grandson Dale Smith (serving in the U.S. Army), and Thomas Simpson (Sherry).
Sonny's third marriage was to Virginia "Jenny" Cash Dennis, where he continued with a closer walk with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sonny enjoyed his "work shop", motorhomes (2) and Bible Study.
A funeral to celebrate Sonny's home-going will be Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 2:00 PM, with a time of visitation beginning at 12 Noon at McEwen Funeral Home - Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210.
On-line condolences may be left at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com



On-line condolences may be left at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com
Arrangements under the direction of McEwen Funeral Service-Pineville Chapel, Charlotte, NC.