April 5, 2009
Bernard J. Dennison, Sr., 93, died Sunday, April 5, 2009 at Kingswood Nursing Center.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. in the Mausoleum at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Southern Pines
Dr. Dennison was born in Medina Co., Ohio in 1916. He graduated from Burbank High School, baked at a local bakery, and taught Chemistry. He received his doctor of dental Surgery from Ohio State University in 1941. He continued baking while in Columbus to put himself through school. All his life he delighted his guests with his homemade bread and pizza, sticky buns and prize winning chocolate pecan pie.
During the WWII years Dr. Dennison was stationed in Los Angeles, CA where he was a Lt. Colonel in the U S Army. During these years he became a Christian. He served on the Billy Graham prayer team, taught missionaries how to help people with their dental needs and told his patients and friends about his savior, Jesus Christ. Numerous people trusted Christ as their personal redeemer.
Dr. D became known as a match maker. The Los Angeles Times wrote a front page article on the many couples introduced to each other by him who then married.
After the war Dr. Dennison moved his family back to Columbus, Ohio where he set up a dental practice. He helped the Grace
Brethren Church in Worthington, Ohio start their ministry. There was always a home Bible Study going on in his house.
The last practice he established was in Pinehurst where his partner and son joined him from Columbus. His third great love became fully developed---golf. He won his flight at Pinehurst Country Club.
Dr. Dennison constantly pursued the advances being made in dentistry. He was a member of the American academy of General Dentistry and the American academy of Periodontology. He was in active practice until he was 83 years old---56 years in his field. He was on staff of Moore County Hospital for dental emergencies.
Dr. Dennison was a member of the First Baptist Church in Aberdeen, NC where he taught Sunday school.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of sixty years, Betty Jane Shoemaker Dennison, his moth and father, Zora and Warren G. Dennison, his sister, Beaty Bowman, his brother, Leo Dennison and his nephew, Terry Dennison.
Dr. Dennison is survived by his sons, Bernard J. Dennison, Jr. and wife Carlene, Philip Dennison and his daughters, Bonnie Jean Fields and husband Mark, and Jan Bolla and husband, Alex. His grandchildren are Darcy Robin Harwood and husband Cary, Mandy Otsuk and husband Sasagu, Alex Bolla III and wife Courtney, Nathan Fields, Philip Dennison, Jr. and Lena Dennison. The Great
Grandchildren are Kaiand Emi Otsuki and A. J. Bolla. His nephews are Jim Dennison and wife Sue, Jeff Bowman and wife Pat, and Mark A. Bowman and wife Karen.