Michael James Denny (1968 - 2017)

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Michael James "Mike" Denny, 49, died Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Mike was born in Augusta, GA, on October 14, 1968. His family moved to South Carolina when Mike started high school. Mike made many lasting friendships at both Spring Valley High School in Columbia and at Wilson Hall in Sumter, where he spent his junior and senior years, graduating in 1987.

Mike graduated from Clemson University in 1992 with a B.S. in Accounting. He remained a dedicated fan of Clemson sports, especially football. He worked as a CPA in Atlanta before pursuing a career in law. In 2002, Mike earned his J.D. cum laude from Indiana University, where he served as managing editor of the Indiana Law Journal. Mike practiced business law in Charlotte for 15 years, earning recognition for his expertise. Before founding GreenSky Law in 2016, he was a partner with international law firm K&L Gates. He was proud of his involvement in pro bono legal work for various charitable causes.

He will be remembered as a true Renaissance man for the range of his interests and enthusiasms. An excellent golfer, Mike qualified as a teaching pro after college. He enjoyed philosophy, writing, and running; he loved the mountains and music. He was an amateur guitarist and named his law firm after a favorite blue grass band. Exceeding his enjoyment of these interests is the love Mike had for his four children. Together they enjoyed trips to the mountains, movie nights, and visits to Mimi and Papa's in Sumter.

Mike is survived by his parents, Bill and Martha Denny of Sumter; his wife Helen Johnson Denny and children Fred, Mary, James, and Martha Denny, all of Charlotte; his sister Leigh Handschumacher (Doug), brother Scott Denny, and nephew Blake Handschumacher and nieces Ashley and Chloe Handschumacher. He is also survived by beloved aunts Jo Ellen Denny Christianson and Violet Marie Shoback and by uncle James Baker Denny.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of McEwen Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 2:00 p.m., at Sardis Presbyterian Church, 6100 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC.

Memorials may be sent to Lily Pad Haven (lilypad-haven.org), a nonprofit organization that provides housing for survivors of human trafficking, or Sardis Presbyterian Church (sardis.org).


Published in Charlotte Observer on Nov. 26, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
McEwen Funeral Services
5716 Monroe Road | Charlotte, NC 28212 | (704) 334-6421
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