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Elbert Dennis (1939 - 2013)

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Elbert Dennis departed this earth on June 24, 2013 at surrounded by family and friends. Elbert Dennis was born in Abbeville, AL on January 30 1939 to Robert and Eartha Dennis.

Elbert Dennis was a Deacon at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church; he was a retired dedicated educator from Arthur Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fl and the Bay District Schools (Rutherford High School) in Panama City, FL. He had a very special love for his family and in the past could be found fishing on any lake or bay. He loved music and played the guitar. He was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's in Montgomery, AL . He was an actor in Kaleidoscope Theater in Panama City where he was the lead role in "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Lilies of the Field". He was a past member of ACURE and taught at Shaw Adult Center. He was a Past Chancellor Commander of the B.L. Goines Lodge #98, Knight of Pythians.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Eartha Dennis, two brothers, Robert Allen and James Dennis, a loving and devoted wife, Louise Dennis and a great-grand daughter, Aliyah Shabazz. He is survived by a son, Elbertino (Naressa) Dennis, Buford, GA, a daughter, Anne Robinson, Panama City, FL, four grandchildren, Jamilah (Ty) Steele, Sharis Robinson, all of Panama City, Nicole Dennis and Justin Dennis of Buford, GA, five great grand children, Zykia Brown, Ashley Foster, Elbert (EJ) Foster, Ryan Spearman, and Janaya Steele all of Panama City, FL, sister, Odessa Dennis-Heads of Los Angeles, CA, uncle, Walter (Margie) Dennis, a very special friend/caregiver, Gwen Edwards, a special cousin, Mike Nelson, god daughter, Jasmin Dixson, all of Panama City, nieces, cousins and other relatives.

Services will be Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 1205 Palo Alto Ave. The family will receive visitation at 911 Cypress Ave. The family would also like to give a special thanks to Ms. Ella Williams, Ms Pat Boxton, Mary Whitehurst, Jackie Bishop and Ty Steele as caregivers. Also a heartfelt thanks you to Gentiva Hospice.
Published in Panama City News Herald on June 28, 2013