Minister Minnie Boyd Dennis, 94, died peacefully on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at Tuomey Health Care System, Sumter, following a long illness. Born in Sumter County on November 9, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Simon Sylvester Boyd and Josephine Cabbagestalk Boyd. After the death of her father, Minnie Dennis’ mother married Deacon William Fisher Grant, who raised her from the age of three years old. She was educated in the public schools of Sumter County.
Minister Dennis was saved on August 11, 1933 at age 15, where she joined and was baptized in the Grant Hill Baptist Church and has served here all her life until she became ill and could no longer serve.
Minister Dennis has been a faithful member of the Missionary Society of Grant Hill for 48 years. She has held up the name “Missionary” faithfully. She was always visiting churches, the hospitals, nursing homes and by telephone praying, counseling and anything the Lord led her to do. Minister Dennis was a member of the Senior Choir for over 20 years, where she served in the capacity of Treasurer. Also, she was a member of the Sunday School and the Prayer Band.
Minister Dennis was called into the ministry and preached her initial sermon on February 28, 1982 at Grant Hill Baptist Church. The Lord favored her with two fields of work, Ministry and Missionary. One of her favorite sayings was “Let the work that I have done speak for me”.
Minister Dennis was first married to Weldon W. D. Dennis, Sr. on December 22, 1937. To this union, seven children were born, Phillip Dennis, Josephine Dennis, Mary Lee Dennis, Weldon Dennis, Jr., David Dennis, Henry Dennis, Sr. and Truman Dennis. After her first husband’s death, Minister Dennis was married to Osborne D. Dennis on December 10, 1963.
Minister Dennis leaves to mourn her death: the Grant Hill Baptist Church Family; two sons, David Dennis of Sumter and Henry Dennis, Sr. of Manhattan, N. Y.; eleven grandchildren, Deon Sharma Dennis, Henry B. Yvelyn Dennis, II, Leon (Johann) Dennis, Elder Cleo Elouise Lee, Rev. Gregory (Emma) Dennis, Rena (Deacon J. D.) Thurgood, Junior Hardwick, Larry Hardwick, Anthony Hardwick, Michael Dennis and Tracy Dennis; two nieces, Geneva McFadden and Janice Freeman; twenty eight great grandchildren; sixteen great-great grandchildren; three daughters-in-law, Mary S. Dennis, Josephine Dennis and Amy Dennis; one god daughter, Louise N. Johnson; five nephews, Jimmy Wilson and a special nephew, Houston (Corine) Grant; an adopted son, Deacon Harvin (Gladys) Grant; two special cousins, Ellen Stewart and Debbie Stewart of New York; a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Sarah Grant Kelly, Geneva Scott Butler, Alice Boyd; several stepsisters and stepbrothers, Sip Grant and Robert Commander Grant; two daughters, Josephine Dennis and Mary Lee Dennis; three sons, Phillip Dennis, Truman Dennis and Deacon Weldon Dennis, Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, April 14, 2012 from the Grant Hill Baptist Church, 5405 Black River Road, Rembert with the Rev. Clifton N. Witherspoon, pastor, eulogist, Rev. R. L. Williams, presiding, assisted by the Rev. Durant Jenkins, and Minister Moise Nelson.
The family is receiving friends at her home 214 East Moore Street, Sumter.
A wake service will be held 5:00 – 6:00 p. m., Friday, April 13, 2012 in the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc. 821 North Main Street, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 11:00 a. m.
The funeral cortege will leave from her home at 11:15 a. m.
Flora bearers will be the Senior Missionary Ministry.
Pall bearers will be the Deacons and Trustees .
Burial will be in the Grant Hill Baptist Churchyard Cemetery, Rembert.