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Funeral Service

Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul
Saturday June 20th, 2020

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Freddie Lee Denney

Freddie Lee Denney, known by many as “Fred,” died on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at age 68 after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. Born in Bonham, TX on November 27, 1951 to parents Odell and Loyce Denney, Freddie had four siblings, late older brother Tommy and younger sisters Donna, Dianne, and Sherrill.


At age 22, Freddie married Rebecca Jean Redding, with whom he shared 46 loving years and fathered two adoring children. He was devoted to his family and exemplified kindness, compassion, and commitment. Freddie obtained his master’s degree in social work and diligently served the state of Texas in the Department of Child Protective Services for 43 years before retiring in 2017. He enjoyed several hobbies, which prominently featured his love of music.


Known for his steadiness, Freddie wasted few words. Despite his unassuming nature, he possessed a keen and jocular wit that he generously shared with those he loved. He was talented with puns and a master at constructing “dad jokes.” Those who knew him will miss his playful and gentle spirit.


Freddie is preceded in death by his parents and brother Thomas “Tommy” Denney. He leaves behind his wife, Rebecca, son David (Dallas, TX), daughter Dara and her husband Michael Sammons (Tyler, TX), sister Donna and her husband Don Malcom (Graford, TX), sister Dianne and her husband Craig Coder (Mineola, TX), sister Sherrill Weaver (Tucson, AZ), and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as extended family and friends.


The family asks that in lieu of flowers, to please send donations to Faith Baptist Church in Quitman, where Freddie and his wife, Rebecca, were charter members.

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I worked with Fred for over 15 years at CPS. He had incredible knowledge and was respected by all who knew him. Fred was confident in his role and was a silent mentor to many of us. He had an incredible sense of humor! Fred shared that he wanted to start fulfilling dreams from his bucket list upon retirement. I hope he emptied that bucket! He will be missed. Rest in peace, my friend.

Gina Broom Jun 24 2020 12:00 AM

My Dad transferred to Bonham on the Railroad the summer before my freshman year at Bonham. I showed up at the old stadium to sign up for football and Fred was the first guy I met. He introduced me to all the guys on the freshman team our first practice. I will forever remember that Team and Fred. I had to move do to another transfer and was really saddened. I reconnected with Fred on FB a few years ago and am so happy for this! RIP Sweet Man, until we meet in Heaven

Michael Herron Jun 23 2020 12:00 AM

Fred was a great man. John and I both have fond memories of Fred, Rebecca, and the children

Carol Warren Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM

I was honored to serve as Fred's pastor for a few years--1990-1993. He and his family were loyal, loving members at First Baptist Quitman. Laurie and I are sad to hear of his death but happy to know that Fred is with the Lord whom he trusted and served. I pray for Rebecca and his family in their grief that the light of hope in our resurrection because we have a Risen Savior will comfort and keep them at this time.

Jimmy Martin Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM

My sadness is that weve lost a gentle bear. Freddie was a man of few words with me. Whenever I saw him and engaged in conversation he always left me with a smile. God got an angel!

Becky Willis Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM

Rebecca and family - May your memories of this good man bring you comfort and peace during your time of sorrow.

Cindy Cox Godbey Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM

Fred was my supervisor at CPS for several years. Ive had many supervisors since and he remains my absolute favorite. He was always fair, kind and supportive. He had a sharp mind and equally sharp wit. He was a man of pure honesty and integrity. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great person and will be missed.

Julie OBrien Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM