Freddie Lee Denney, 1951-2020


Freddie Lee Denney, known by many as “Fred,” died on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at age 68 after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. Born in Bonham on Nov. 27, 1951 to parents Odell and Loyce Denney, Freddie had four siblings, late older brother Tommy and younger sisters Donna, Dianne and Sherrill. 

At age 22, Freddie married Rebecca Jean Redding, with whom he shared 46 loving years and fathered two adoring children. He was devoted to his family and exemplified kindness, compassion and commitment. Freddie obtained his master’s degree in social work and diligently served the state of Texas in the Department of Child Protective Services for 43 years before retiring in 2017. He enjoyed several hobbies, which prominently featured his love of music.

Known for his steadiness, Freddie wasted few words. Despite his unassuming nature, he possessed a keen and jocular wit that he generously shared with those he loved. He was talented with puns and a master at constructing “dad jokes.” Those who knew him will miss his playful and gentle spirit.

Freddie is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Thomas “Tommy” Denney. He leaves behind his wife, Rebecca; son, David of Dallas; daughter, Dara and her husband Michael Sammons of Tyler; sisters, Donna and her husband Don Malcom of Graford; Dianne and her husband Craig Coder of Mineola and Sherrill Weaver of Tucson, Ariz.; and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as extended family and friends. 

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, to please send donations to Faith Baptist Church in Quitman, where Freddie and his wife, Rebecca, were charter members.