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Ivory Lewis Dennis

Birth Date: February 23, 1962
Death Date: October 25, 2017

Ivory Lewis Dennis was born February 23, 1962 to Johnnie Johnson and Essie (Dennis) Johnson in Mt. Bayou Mississippi. Ivory peacefully transitioned to be with the Lord on October 25, 2017 with family and friends by his side. Ivory moved to Decatur, Illinois in 1965, with his parents and brothers. Ivory accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. Ivory worked for various contractors for ADM for over twenty years, ending with Jacob Field Services. Ivory enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was always first to help, and with the biggest smile. One thing Ivory loved to do was laugh, he had a laugh that was very contagious to everyone around him. Even in Ivory’s illness his favorite line was “I am OK , I am alright”, never once complaining. Ivory leaves to cherish Fiancée, Ruby Wilder of Decatur, Il 5 daughters Joyce Goodwin, Carol Goodwin, Reane Dennis all of Phoenix, AZ Tia Dennis-Blue of Decatur, Il and Iraya Dennis of Kansas City, Mo. 1 son, Ivory Dennis Jr of Phoenix, Az. 6 brothers George Dennis of Decatur, IL , Johnnie Dennis, Ricky Dennis, Rodger Dennis, Stanley Johnson all of Radcliff, KY Archie Johnson of Arlington, TX . 3 sisters T.Lashell Johnson, and Keyonna Johnson of Nashville, TN Coreatha (Tony) Byars of Decatur, Il. Step mom Betty Wiggins of Decatur, Il. Best friend D’angelo Shirley of Decatur, Il. 5 grandchildren, and a hosts of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives. Ivory was greeted in Glory by his parents, brother Darren Johnson ad several aunts and uncles. Special thank you to DMH cancer center and the staff of 5100, the family of Ruby Wilder, and all other family and friends that has shown much love and concern.
Service info Saturday November 4, 2017 11:00AM Northside Baptist Church 929 N. Lowber Decatur, IL 62521 Visitation an hour before. Burial Greenwood Cemetery Pastor Embra Patterson officiating.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Service details will be posted as soon as they become available.
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  1. Ivory was the best man my sister Ruby ever had. He had a great heart and was always in good spirit. Gone too soon but God knows best. We will never understand the choices that God make. Will be praying for the family for peace of mind and strength. God Bless you all. RIH Ivory

  2. "All of us may have many words to say,, but if we all would strive to have the heart and compassion that "Ivory" possessed, there would be less hate and conflict in the world. We can all be a little bit more helpful, friendly, outgoing, concerned, not interested in causing harm or placing obstacles in other people's way. This is what he was, and it is something that he had to depart with so many thoughts about his family and friends who would have to remember him with memories of doing the right thing to make sure the comfort and security of someone else was more important than the person he grew to be. Ms. Essie Johnson made good on her promise of raising this one, because he portrayed her love, compassion, and concern for even strangers. Sleep in peace, u always made me feel welcomed, and treated me like a king.

  3. I Minister David Chatman send out my sincere condolences to the Johnson and Dennis family in the hour of sadness but also of celebration of the life of Ivory Dennis. May God give you strength and enduring power, My prayers and my thoughts are with you Yours Truly Minister David Chatman.

  4. Rest in peace family, Remember walking down to that house on Lincoln street, don't party to hard with them Johnson boys in the sky, u will Be missed

  5. “R.I.P Ivory”, my condolences goes out to the family as my family formed a bond with the Dennis/Johnson family early on which continues today.

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