Paul Cecil Denny Jr., Jan. 5

By on January 5, 2018

Paul Cecil Denny Jr., also fondly known as “Papa Paul” 82, of Dare County, N.C., (after a long battle with cancer), stepped into the arms of Jesus on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.

A celebration of his life will take place on (to be determined at a later date, contact Gallop funeral home for information) at the Roanoke Island Presbyterian Church in Manteo, N.C. with step-son, Chaplain “COL” Darrell E. Thomsen, Jr. officiating.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, he was the son of the late Paul Cecil Denny Sr. and Ruthalma Lou Garnett Denny and Step-mother, Esther Denny. Also predeceased by Murel (spouse), Jack (brother), and Doug(son-in-law).


He was a U.S. Army Veteran, a Professor of Fine Arts with a Doctorate Degree retired from Phillips University and OSU, a wonderful Artist and Potter, a Minister of the Word of God, active member of the Lion’s Club and American Legion. When he moved to the Outer Banks of NC, he stated he had a found a piece of Heaven. Paul will be missed and loved dearly by all who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife, soulmate and best friend, Patsy Reynolds Denny of their home, daughter, Cheryl Batchelder (Rodney), daughter, Paula DeWolf, son, Dale Denny (Jamie), step-daughter, Darlene Thomsen Sells (Doug), step-son, Chaplain ”COL” Darrell E. Thomsen, Jr.(Kitty), brother, John and sister, Mary Jeanette. He is also survived by his 4 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and 2 great step-grandchildren.

Special thanks to Hospice doctors, nurses, care partners, family and friends caring for Paul during this time. In lieu of flowers please send a contribution to the Lion’s Club or American Legion of your choice.

Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

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