January 7, 1943 ~ March 14, 2020

Born in: Paradise , Kentucky
Resided in: Utica, Kentucky

William “Billy” Taylor Dennis, 77, of Utica passed away Saturday, March 14, 2020 in his home under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky. He was born in a log cabin in Paradise, KY on January 7, 1943 to the late Raymond and Myrtle Staples Dennis. Billy was retired from Lanham Brothers Construction Company where he worked for several years. Billy lived and breathed sports. He enjoyed playing sports, coaching sports, and was an all-around sports enthusiast. Billy never passed up an opportunity for a spirited debate, he loved going to the races in Nashville, and later in life, enjoyed watching birds outside his window.

Aside from his parents, Billy is preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Larry Gene Lanham.

Billy is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gayle Lanham Dennis; his children, Spencer (Karen Pruden) Dennis, Angie (Danny) Moseley, Mandy (James) Ashby, all of Utica, KY, and Ashley (William) Alton of Chicago, IL; his grandchildren, Justin Moseley, Kyle Ashby, Hudson Ashby, Henry Ashby, Harrison Ashby, Charlotte Alton, and Juliana Alton; his siblings, Wayne (Angie) Dennis, and Barbara Blanton, both of Owensboro, KY, and Brenda (David) Lanham of Utica, KY; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 1:00 pm Tuesday at Red Hill Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Monday, at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory and again Tuesday from 11:00 am until the time of service at the church.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Hospice of Western Kentucky 3419 Wathens Crossing, Owensboro KY 42301, or Red Hill Cemetery Fund 11081 Fields Rd. South, Utica, KY 42376.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Dennis Share your messages of condolence with the family of William “Billy” Taylor Dennis at www.haleymcginnis.com

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  1. This family has always been so close to mine thru all these years. Bill and Wayne mostly, because of racing. We will miss Bill. So sorry I cannot attend but am contagious and staying in a lot. Please know we are praying for peace for all of you..love to all.

  2. When I think back about some of my teenage year’s activities among the favorites were playing ball with Billy. In the summer it was Sunday afternoon baseball at the old Utica school, then in the fall it was playing football in the field across from my homeplace. Those were special times and I’m so glad Billy was part of them.

  3. Joining others as we pray for each member of the family. May you know the peace that passes all understanding. As you share the many memories of his life, may those memories serve to comfort you in the future.

  4. I an so sorry for your loss. Billy will be missed. It is so hard losing our love ones. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very trying time.

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