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Frank C. Dennis Jr.

Frank C. Dennis Jr.

HEATHSVILLE—Frank C. Dennis Jr., 85, of Heathsville passed away peacefully at Bon Secours Community Hospice House on February 21, 2024. Linda, his wife of nearly 62 years, and his son, Patrick, were at his side.

He was born in Clarksburg, W.Va., on January 30, 1939. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two sons, Patrick Dennis of Centreville and Bret Dennis of Ashburn; and a sister, Ellen Dennis of St. Petersburg, Fla. He was a beloved grandfather to six grandchildren, Ryan, Megan, Ethan, Caroline, Thomas and Zachary; and one great-granddaughter, Addie.

After serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, Frank worked first with his father in the shoe business, then as a salesman for two different shoe manufacturers. He later became a Class A PGA golf professional and, finally, was a Nationwide insurance agent.

He was kind, quick to laugh and he loved his family. He also loved golf. In fact, a golf professional who knew him well said recently, “Only two people loved golf as much as Frank: Arnold Palmer… and Frank.” Many of his life memories and associations are in some way related to the game. He was as adept at being a teacher and coach managing a golf course as he was with managing life. So many of Frank’s life-long friends were made on the golf course—over the past 20 years, at Quinton Oaks. He especially loved days on the course that included any combination of Linda, his boys and his grandkids.

And, although everyone who knew him knew of his love for golf, far fewer knew about his deep care and concern for others—even those he didn’t know. He was never showy about it, and that was one of his most endearing qualities. He was always generous and quick to help. For example, he never failed to stop when someone was in trouble on the side of the road. For years, every Christmas, he anonymously donated money in creative ways, either directly or through a local church, to help families in need. But he loved to do it quietly.

Frank said so often over his last difficult months how proud he was of his sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren. He was at peace with his life and his legacy. While he will be greatly missed by his family and friends, his spirit will live on with those who knew him.

A celebration of Frank’s life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Mallard Bay clubhouse.

Rappahannock Record Staff
Rappahannock Record Staff
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