James Franklin Dennis, Sr. CHARLOTTE - Mr. James Franklin Dennis, Sr. (affectionately known as "Frank", "Dennis" and "Jimmy") was born July 30, 1943, in Mecklenburg County to Richard and Grace Dennis. He passed from his physical life on Monday, April 28, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Richard and Paul. Mr. Dennis graduated from J. H. Gunn High School and attended Mecklenburg College. He was a U.S. Army
(Vietnam) Veteran and a Purple Heart
recipient. He was employed at Continental Tire for more than thirty years until his health forced him to retire. James leaves to cherish fond memories three sons, James F. Dennis, Jr. (Melody), Gregory Lee (Angela) and Christopher Lee; four grandchildren, Alan and Eric Lee, Marcus Alexander Dennis and Serena Grace Dennis and the mother of his sons, Madge Dennis. In addition, survivors include one brother, Ray Dennis (Jean); five sisters: Bessie Beatty, Ethel Lowery, Stella Tucker (Augustine) of Charlotte, Dorothy Crosby (Joe) of Baltimore and Barbara Belton (Chester) of Mt. Holly; one sister-in-law, Mary Dennis of Milwaukee; a special niece, Theresa Dennis and great-nephew with whom he shared his home, Reginald Dennis and other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He loved and enjoyed life with enthusiasm and had a kind, generous and giving spirit. Although he will always be with us in spirit, we will all miss his willingness, determination, helpful advice and proud personality. The family will receive friends Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 12:00 - 1:00 PM followed by a celebration of life at 1:00 PM at Bethel AME Zion Church, 5400 Barnsdale Lane, Charlotte, NC. Interment at Sunset Memory Gardens. Long and Son Mortuary Service has been entrusted with serving the Dennis family.