Roy Earl Denton Sr., 77, of Thebes, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
He was born March 4, 1940 in Pigeon Roost Hollow outside Olive Branch, Illinois to the late Chester Lee Denton and Mamie (Sams) Denton Counts.
Roy married Cheryl Rae (Irvin) Denton on December 16, 1961 in Bethalto, Illinois and she survives.
He retired from Illinois Bell after decades of dedicated service as a Power System Engineer.
With his wife, they lovingly raised their children in Chatham, Illinois and later built a home on Sunset Lake in Girard, Illinois. After retirement, he returned home to the family homestead in Thebes.
Roy loved the river, and for the past several years, he enjoyed working for Cairo Grain Inspection Agency.
He was a member of Mighty Rivers Worship Center in Cairo and a member of New Caledonia Masonic Lodge #47. He enjoyed his days of deer hunting, growing Christmas trees, traveling, camping and family get-togethers. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife of 55 years, he is survived by four children, Roy Earl (Tonya) Denton Jr. of Thebes, Illinois, Denise Parbs of Springfield, Illinois, Robert (Paula) Denton of Auburn, Illinois and Bill (Tim) Denton of Lubbock, Texas; four grandchildren, Tenaya (Jon) Winkelman, Matt (Becky) Parbs; Josh Denton and Erica Denton; a great granddaughter, Thea Winkelman; a sister, Phyllis Jerman of East Alton; three brothers, Ronnie (Nina) Denton of Arkansas, Marvin (Terry) Denton of Hartford and David (Cheryl) Denton of Texas; a sister-in-law, Marsha (Joe) Bertillo of St. Charles, Missouri; brother-in-law, Reginald Murray; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved granddaughter, Caitlin Parbs; sister-in-law, Pat Murray; his step-father, Herschel Counts; and his in-laws, Narretta and Earl Irvin.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Mighty Rivers Worship Center, 1000 Poplar Street in Cairo, Illinois on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Masonic services will be held at 1:00 p.m. followed by a funeral service officiated by Reverend Dr. Larry Potts and Reverend Terry Turner. His son Robert will provide additional remarks inspired by love of thy father.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association.
The American Heart Association's mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. The association was founded in 1924 and today is the nation's largest national voluntary health agency devoted to defeating heart disease and stroke, which together claim about 950,000 lives each year and rank as our nation's No. 1 and No. 3 killers. To prevent, treat and ultimately defeat these diseases, the association funds research, creates and implements professional and public education programs focusing on improving emergency care and reducing risk factors, holds community service activities and engages in advocacy efforts to safeguard American's health.