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Sept. 2, 1956—Jan. 30, 2016 Barney Tom Marion Denney, age 59,  was born at the Monticello Clinic on September 2, 1956,  the son of Anna Mae Holt Denney and the late Tom Ray Denney. He lived all his life in the Stop community of Wayne County. He passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2016. He started farming early riding on his dad’s back to the barn and out in the fields. At the age of four he moved from daddy’s back to his first pony. He was raised by two hardworking, God fearing dirt farming parents. In 1974 after he graduated high school, he married Sharon Gregory, the most loving wife a man could ask for. He was the proud father of three children—Melissa, Chris and John. He was the grandfather, “Papaw”, to three spoiled grandchildren—Zeth, Lauren, and Hunter. They always had him wrapped around their little fingers from the first time he saw them. Who knows how much money Tractor Supply made just off those grandkids. He accepted Jesus Christ at the age of 16 and joined Bethesda United Methodist Church. In 1995 he rededicated his life to the Lord and faithfully lived and served his Lord. He loved Sunday School and was a former Sunday School Superint- endent at Bethesda. He loved to serve on boards and committees. In the past he served on the Wayne County School Board and recently served on the W.C. Soil Conservation Board. He served as a board member of Cumberland Farm Products, life member of NRA, life member and past president of the W.C. Sportsman’s Club, Board Member on the KY Association of Conservation District, a Kentucky Colonel and past board member of TWHBEA. He loved God, family, country living, hunting, politics, and of course farming. He was able to take his grandson Zeth pheasant hunting in South Dakota the last two years. Hugs from his grandchildren were the highlight of his day. Handshakes, a good debate, a timely rain, sunrise, sunset, a newborn calf, home cooked meals especially from his mom, fresh snow, and a warm fire were all some of his favorite things. BTD was a proud farmer. He loved to write these initials on everything, especially money. In 1974 Barney and his dad Tom bought the first John Deere cab tractor in Wayne County. He loved horses and rode his horse Silver to bring up the cows. A shiny green John Deere and a field full of cows made him happy as could be. He passed on his love of hunting and shooting to his children and grandchildren. He said he had the best, dearest mother in the world and no one could have had one any better. He wanted her to know this above all. He is survived by his wife—Sharon Gregory Denney; his children— Melissa Woodcock (Tom), Chris Denney and John Denney; grandchildren— Zeth Denney, Lauren Denney, Hunter Denney. He was preceded in death by his grandparents—Barney and Gertrude (Reagan) Denney and Barney and Minnie (Clark) Holt; and sister—Wanda Ann Denney. Celebration services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 3, 2016 with Bro. Earnest Mann officiating. Burial was in the Elk Spring Cemetery. Hickey and Son Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Published on  February 9, 2016
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