Born 2-22-1921 -- Died 10-20-2005
Raymond Edward Denison born to James Blane and Myrtle (Tucker) Denison Feb. 22, 1921, in Knobel, Ark., in Clay County.
Denison died Oct. 20, 2005, at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Mo., at the age of 84.
Denison served in the U.S. Navy. During World War II while in the Pacific, he was aboard the USS Franklin engaged in action when it was struck by a Kamikaze plane. He recalls that he sounded "General Quarters" and began helping other shipmates and putting out the fires on the ship caused by the Kamikaze. Boatswain Mate 2nd Class Denison was aboard the USS Washoe County when it was brought from San Diego to Pearl Harbor to be prepped for battle in Vietnam. The ship received the Presidential Unit Citation with 12 Battle Stars of Engagement. While stationed in California and Hawaii, Raymond held the position of criminal investigator. He retired from active duty service in 1962.
On Jan. 16, 1976, Denison married Betty Ann Shepherd. She preceded him in death in 2000.
Denison was employed by the State of Arkansas as a carpenter. While living in Norfolk, Va., he worked as an interior decorator. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and playing golf.
When he was a young boy, he was baptized by Pastor Colston at the Central Baptist Church in Norfolk, Va.
Denison is survived by two sons: Raymond E. Denison Jr. and his wife, Gail, of West Plains, Mo., and Mark B. Denison and his wife, Michelle, of Waynesville, Mo.; one daughter, Wilma (Jean) Williamson of Martinsville, Ind.; one brother, Harvey R. Denison of Waynesville; eight grandchildren -- Russell, Matthew, Christopher, Sherry, Lyndsey, Jonathan, Chad and Jennifer; four great-grandchildren -- Wyatt, Brooklyn, Seth and Derrick; several nieces andnephews; and other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Denison was preceded in death by two brothers -- Phillip F. Denison and Roy Cecil Denison.
A graveside service with full military honors was held Oct. 24 in the Field Creek Cemetery of Mammoth Spring, with family friend, Chaplain B.J. Rory officiating. The flag was presented by SSGT Rich Oliver of the United States Marines and the military honors were provided by the United States Navy and United States Air Force. Serving as military honor guards were DCC Renner and DC1 Kesselring. Services were under the direction of Memorial Chapel of Waynesville.
Memorial contributions are suggested in memory of Raymond Denison to the Field Creek Cemetery Fund and may be left at Memorial Chapel of Waynesville.