LIVELY, DENNIS EDWARD - age 61, of Knoxville, died July 20, 2014. Dennis was a Knoxville native and a graduate of Chilhowee Elementary School, Holston High School, and the University of Tennessee. He retired as a Grainger County School Special Education teacher and supervisor. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Wanda Lively; and grandmother, Kathryn Cabbage. He is survived by an aunt, Shirley Greene and her husband, Robert of Knoxville; and an uncle, Kent Cabbage and his wife, Carol, of Tampa, Florida. Dennis' greatest joys were Boy Scout Troop 7, the Macedonia United Methodist Youth Fellowship in the late sixties and early seventies, being the Holston High Warrior basketball manager, working in the UT basketball office during the "Ernie and Bernie" years, being a devoted special education teacher and advocate, being a Cerebral Palsy Center volunteer and one of the "Buddies". Dennis was the quintessential Tennessee fan, being an expert on all things Tennessee athletics, quietly weeping after the 1998 football national championship and saying, "It's destiny!" He may not have had an easy day in this life but persevered triumphantly with a warm heart, keen mind, and a one-of-a-kind personality. His many friends rejoice for his eternal victory with his risen Lord Jesus Christ! Dennis was a proud member of Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church and the "Whosoever Will Come" Class. The celebration of life service will be Sunday, July 27, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church, 1620 N. Central Street. Speakers will be lifelong friends, Dennis Newman and Jim Bailes and Curtis Wells from Grainger County Schools. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be contributed to the Knoxville Cerebral Palsy Center, 241 E. Woodland Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37917. Serving the family, Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at N. Broadway. Dennis' guest book is available at www.stevensmortuaryinc.com.
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from July 25 to July 26, 2014