George Eldridge Denning, age 70, died Saturday (12/10/2011) at this residence.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM on Wednesday at Red Branch Baptist Church with the Rev. Scott McInnis and the Rev. Billy Graham officiating. Burial will follow at Priest Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
George was born in Harnett County to the late George Albert Denning and Katherine Bolton Denning. He attended Carthage High School where he played football and was an outstanding athlete. He served with the Carthage Jaycee's and was a retired volunteer firefighter for the town of Carthage. George was always there to help his friends and neighbors who were in need and was known for his random acts of kindness. He would refer to his generosity as the giving of ice cream money. He loved cars and trucks. He was a loving husband, father and papa. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Joann Kelly and Sue Halfast.
For several years George had a fruit ministry that very few knew about. He would buy and deliver over 50 fruit baskets to those in need each Christmas. He was a lover of animals and would regularly buy corn and feed the ducks and geese at Lake Marion.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Louise Chappell Denning, a daughter, Beth Denning and his granddaughter, Katherine Denning; a brother, Johnny Denning of Carthage; sister-in-law, Jean Chappell, of Sanford and brother-in-law, Mike Kelly; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday at Red Branch Baptist Church. Fry and Prickett Funeral Home is serving the family.
Memorials may be made to: Carthage Elementary School, 312 Rockingham Street, Carthage, NC 28327.
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  1. Louise, Beth and Katherine our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. George was a wonderful friend to my family. He will be missed. Cathy Mashburn Frye & family

  2. Louise, we are so very sorry, Max and I can’t be there with you during this terrible time for you. Be assured, you and the girls are in our prayers. God be with you, always. Love you Max and Erlene.

  3. Louise and Beth
    Our prayers are with you today. George was a true friend and I will always cherish our time working together. May God bless your family.
    Greg Thomas

  4. Louise and Beth, I am so sorry to hear about George. We have known both of you all through school and he will be sorely missed. Was so glad we were able to visit with you both at the CHS reunion. You will be in our prayers!

  5. Louise, Beth, Kathryn,
    Your loss is our loss…Carthage and Moore County has lost one of its finest. He was a gracious man. He was so good to my mom and dad, we consider you our family. Alot of people will miss him, he helped everyone he came in co

  6. Louise, I was so sorry to learn about George passing away. Please know that you, Beth and Katherine are in my thoughts and prayers. I will be in touch sometime soon. Larry also sends his condolences. Love, Carolyn Mabe

  7. Louise,
    We were so sorry to hear about George. We saw it in the Greensboro paper yesterday. He led a good life & sounds like he did a lot of wonderful things for others which we know you are proud of. Please know you & your family are in our

  8. Louise, I am so sorry to hear of George’s passing. I just read about it in the Pilot. He was a special person. I remember on a cold winter day he came into the old office and saw how cold we were and left and in a few minutes came back with a heater for e

  9. Growing up with George was exciting to say the least. He was full of fun and always looked out for others. He always had a fast car and a smile on his face. I will never forget his kindness to my Mom when my Dad passed away. This picture of George says a

  10. Louise and family we are so sorry to hear of George’s death. It was wonderful to see him at the Carthage reunion. You are in our prayers.
    Kathryn and the Flinchum family.

  11. Louise, Beth and Katherine, how my heart aches for you. Your loss is felt by my family so strong. Thank God for George Denning he has blessed our lives and so many have been touched by George. He was our "Angel" Dad and I loved George so much an


  13. So sorry…George will be missed. I always enjoyed conversations. Blessed to the end George was …and a blessing to us.
    Lee McGraw

  14. Mrs. Denning and family, I am so sorry for your loss. George was such a nice man and helped me so much with my roads and his good advice. My thouhts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

  15. I first met George when I was a waitress at The White Horse Restaurant (back in the 80’s). He was a true pleasure. I looked forward to his daily visits. He was funny and witty…he always made me smile. He was a hard working man who loved his family. He w

  16. I first met George when I was a waitress at The White Horse Restaurant (back in the 80’s). He was a true pleasure. I looked forward to his daily visits. He was funny and witty…he always made me smile. He was a hard working man who loved his family. He w

  17. Mrs. Denning and family, We are so sorry for your loss. George was a fine man as we had known him for years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  18. Louise ,Beth and Katherine,
    I was sorry to read about your loss. My thoughts ad prayers are with you all.
    Pam Garty(fomally O’Brien)

  19. May God bless and heal this hurting family. May He surround us with comfort, peace, and encouragement during this difficult time. Carthage will never be the same. Love, Greg and Barbara

  20. Louise, we were so very sorry to learn about George’s passing. You, Beth and Katherine are in our thoughts and prayers. George will be remembered fondly, always.
    Blessings, Gail and Randy Scott

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