Rawlings Leon Denson Sr., 81, of Franklinton, passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Maria Parham Medical Center. He was born in Lynchburg, Va., the son of the late Otha William Denson and Helen Louise Burnette Denson, and was retired from IBM as a senior scientist after 23 years of service. Mr. Denson was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War, and was a member of the American Legion Post 52.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 31, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. David Averette and the Rev. Don Ward officiating. Entombment was in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens with military honors.
Mr. Denson is survived by his sons, R.L. Denson Jr. and wife, Gwen, and Barry Denson and wife, Donna, all of Franklinton; grandchildren, Michelle Denson Bolt and husband, Stephen, of Belmont; Hubbard Chapman III and wife, Melissa, of Bunn; and Alvin John DeBats III and wife, Jocelyn, of Cameron; great-granddaughters, Elaine Louise Bolt and Lillian Kay Bolt; nine step-great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn North and husband, Frank, of Lynchburg. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Dowdy Denson; sister, Daisy Druscilla Valenti and brother, Agee Otha “Buddy” Denson.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at brightfunerals.com.
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