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Dennis Dwayne Witherspoon

Mr. Dennis Dwayne Witherspoon transitioned to his heavenly home on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at the age of 67. Dennis was born in Jackson, Tennessee, to Ms. Wilma Jean Witherspoon on January 28, 1955. His family valued service at a young age, and Dennis accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior during his adolescent years.

When Dennis was in third grade, he was the first Black male to integrate Whitehall Elementary School; a pivotal moment in the local community during the civil rights movement. Throughout his youth, Dennis developed a strong work ethic. He graduated from Jackson Central Merry High School in 1975 and moved to Nashville to attend Tennessee State University. On August 11, 1979, Dennis graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Social Welfare.

Over the years, Dennis worked for the Tennessee Department of Correction and eventually transitioned to the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) system to serve as a teacher. As his calling to serve children and families grew, Dennis began his journey with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS). During his time with DCS, Dennis served as an adoption specialist helping many children find their forever homes while reuniting others with their birth families. On May 11, 2013, Dennis continued his educational journey by completing a Master of Science in Public Service Management degree from Cumberland University. He celebrated 35 years of continuous and loyal service to the State of Tennessee on July 1, 2020.

Dennis was a charismatic, loving, generous, and loyal man who used his gifts to bless the community. He was kind, and his infectious laughter and beaming smile would light up a room. In 1994, he assisted his wife in establishing Bell Witherspoon Outreach Ministries, a community-based ministry serving the public. Additionally, they started Flowers by Mary Bell, a floral and wedding consultation business.

Dennis is preceded in transition by his wife of over 40 years, Mary Bell Witherspoon, mother, Ms. Wilma Jean Witherspoon, brother, David Eddings, and sisters, Mona Eddings and Pamela Witherspoon Hayes. Dennis is the beloved father of Dr. Maria Christine Witherspoon and Dr. DeAndrea Nicole (Terrance) Witherspoon Nash and the proud grandfather of Miss Hannah Christine Nash. His siblings include Mr. Larry (Clara) Witherspoon, Mr. Dewayne Carson, Mr. Kelly (Patricia) Witherspoon, Mr. Anthony Eddings, Ms. Felecia Drake, and Ms. Stephanie Eddings. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members will forever cherish priceless memories of Dennis. He will forever be in our hearts.

Please join us in celebrating Dennis’ remarkable life journey on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. A viewing will occur on Friday, April 1, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Masks will be required at Terrell Broady Funeral Home

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Mr. Dennis was one of the best coworkers I have ever had. There were times where I truly felt at my worst and he would always lift my spirits. He was a rock and you could t shake him. He will be truly missed

Christian Baker Apr 6 2022 7:00 PM


Victoria ARTHUR Apr 5 2022 3:04 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Witherspoon family. We have great memories of Dennis from our days at Tennessee State University.

Charles Love and family

Charles Love Apr 2 2022 5:17 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Witherspoon family. Dennis and I go all the way back to Harris St. where we lived and played in the shadow of Whitehall Elementary. Dennis was a good friend, neighbor and school mate...Rest in Heavenly Peace🙏

Kevin Howard Womack Apr 1 2022 11:28 PM

Condolences to the family! We grew up the same church together as children.

Marie Herron Andrews Apr 1 2022 10:58 PM

My prayers and condolences to the family. May the Father keep you in perfect peace.

Elizabeth Mercer Apr 1 2022 10:38 PM

My condolences to the family. Dennis and I were friends for a very long time. From the days in Upward Bound held at Lane College to our times together at Tennessee State University, Dennis was a true friend. He was a very kind, sincere, fun and positive person to be around. Rest in Peace Brother. I pray this benediction for the family (Numbers 6:24-26). May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Randy Randolph Apr 1 2022 5:39 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dennis Witherspoon

Kimberly Jenkins Apr 1 2022 12:30 PM

My sincere condolence to the family of Dennis Witherspoon. He was a dear coworker who always brought light and laughter to us. He gave devoted service to DCS. May God comfort you and give you peace during this difficult time.

Gwen Covington Mar 31 2022 9:46 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dennis Witherspoon

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