Kenneth Lynn Denny

kenneth denny

March 22, 1979 ~ January 8, 2024

Born in: Nashville, Tennessee
Resided in: Brentwood, Tennessee

Kenneth Lynn Denny (“KD” or “Kenny”), age 44, born March 22, 1979, went home to see Jesus on January 8, 2024.  He is survived by the love of his life—his forever partner and angel sent from the Heart of God, Crystal Elizabeth Denny, and their two children, Landon James Denny, and McKayla Grace Denny, who love and admire their daddy deeply!  He is also survived by his mother and father (Jean and Dale) who adore and are so blessed by his all-to-short, but amazingly wonderful and meaningful life. He has two siblings, a brother, Danny, and a sister, Barbara, plus many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Kenneth cherished every moment with his grandmother and grandfather, Melba Jean Denny (Worley) and James I Denny Jr., who undoubtedly were waiting with open arms as they reunited in the presence of their LORD–what a reunion it must have been! Kenneth loved all things family, and the Denny family could be viewed as a small singing army, as music, especially Gospel music, was very commonplace in Melba and James’ Pekin, Indiana home.

Kenneth started his educational pursuits at Nashville Christian School for high school, and then to Lipscomb University before beginning his professional career at the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)…and was at the time of his passing, the President and COO of D2 Holdings, LLC, a family owned and operated entity, whose objective is to maintain, improve and grow (MIG) Denny family assets…and as his children grew…he intended to make them a part of the family business…and Lord willing, he has left everything in place for that to occur, and his legacy will continue…through his precious wife, children and family.

Kenneth had many connections to the Nashville/Brentwood communities and Indiana…long-time
member of The Family of God at Woodmont Hills, but also involved with Western Hills, Owens Chapel, and South Liberty Church of Christ, home church of his father and grandparents near the Denny farms. His children attend Lipscomb Academy, and he was an avid supporter of Youth Encouragement Services (YES). Most recently he was instrumental in the launch of the YES Garden Project, whose objective is to help inner city children learn the benefits of gardens, nature, and appreciating the beauty of God’s creation, especially in a way that would honor his grandparents, Melba and James Denny.  These gardens will be dedicated in honor of his grandparents.  Kenneth spent a lot of time at the Denny family farms in Pekin, Indiana, and he had many fond memories of his “farm” time with his grandparents.  He would often remark…if only he could do another “farm chore” for his grandmother or grandfather.

KD was patriotic, lover of country music, and the ultimate and quintessential outdoorsman…you could find him at the family river house, on the dock fishing and catching huge (18 inches) catfish or other fish. He also enjoyed being Captain, with his quite believable “Zac Brown Beard” look, of the family boat—named “The James W. Grace” to honor both his grandparents and children. Additionally, you could find him 4-wheeling, reeper-riding, camping, hunting, range shooting, etc. Kenneth also enjoyed working outside polishing, tinkering, and/or driving the family 1964 Classic Chevy Impala Convertible, fire engine red with a gold fleck, affectionately called “Lucy.”  He loved family vacations, which were generally either at the beach or the mountains, and enjoyed riding trains across the
country…seeing all the beauty the good LORD created. However, nothing was as important to him as his relationship with Jesus and being appreciative of all the rich bounty showered upon him and his family by God; his relationships with family and close friends were his top priority…and, of course, his dear bulldogs, PJ and Cornbread!  KD would often remark to his father (“POP”) that he could not imagine being blessed by a better family heritage…and how appreciative he was where God had placed him in this world—and he would frequently remind Crystal, Landon, and McKayla how fortunate and blessed they were to be a part of the legacy of the Denny Family, where nurturing and love were as normal and commonplace as the air one breathes! He was so enriched by, and appreciative of, the Denny family, and its deeply rooted Christian-based heritage, that he researched many years ago the Denny Family Crest, and had rings and/or pendants made accordingly, and would often “boast” that he would never take off his family crest-laden gold ring!

KD was ever the doting husband, father, and son…but his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends also experienced his sweet smile and tender appreciative spirit, knowing that when they were in his presence…real love was shining through…making them feel like a million bucks on any given day! He made sure that his children, wife, family, and friends knew Jesus, and if you were fortunate to hear him pray, you would indeed be drawn closer to Jesus by the experience.

A heart of gold, an incredibly protective spirit for his family and friends, a reassuring and loving smile…one touched by Jesus…that is KD…and our world was a better place for him giving us his presence for 44+ years!

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12:30PM on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at Woodmont Hills Church, 3710 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37204. Visitation with the family will begin at 10:30AM. Interment will follow at 2:30PM at Harpeth Hills Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers are Jim Collins, Walker Cluck, Jeff/Alex Denny, Jeff Kelley, Lane Johnston, Mario Sebree, and Danny and “Little Danny” Sewell.

Honorary pallbearers are his uncles (Larry, Roger, Melvin, Ronnie, Van, Gene, and John) and his first cousins (Jeff, Trent, Brad, Paul, John, Garrett, Jake, Walker, and Dallas), David Costello, Charles Dorris, Lowell Gray, Steve Hammontree, and George Schindler.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be given to the charity of your choice in honor of KD, YES general fund, or to his special YES Garden Project. You may contact Viva Price at the YES office concerning the Garden Project. You may mail donations to Youth Encouragement Services, 3016 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211.

Arrangements in the care of Compassion Funeral & Cremation Services, 6949 Charlotte Pike, Suite 104, Nashville, TN 37209. (615) 857-9955.  We are proud to be West Nashville & Bellevue’s only locally owned and operated burial provider.


Visitation: January 20, 2024 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Woodmont Hills Church
3710 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37204

Celebration of Life: January 20, 2024 12:30 pm

Woodmont Hills Church
3710 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37204

Interment: January 20, 2024 2:30 pm

Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens
9090 Hwy 100
Nashville, TN 37221

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  1. I met Kenneth in the fall of 1997 our freshman year at Lipscomb University. He came in a sat next to me and we started talking and I knew early on we would be important figures in each other’s lives. He was the most caring, selfless person I’d ever met and he made me a better person by knowing him. Hearing the news of his passing was the saddest day of my life. I lost my best friend and brother, but Heaven has gained an angel. I’m so grateful that I told him many times the past few years how much I loved him and felt blessed to have him in my life. I will miss him more than words could express but I know I will see him again.

  2. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal, God is still God, and it’s in knowing Him ☝🏾, that only He will carry Dr. Dale and family through this time of bereavement!

  3. I love you Uncle Kenneth!!!!! I’m really going to miss you!! I’ll keep your beautiful kids and wife protected don’t worry 🥺🥺

    • Hi, sorry to use this space… but I’m a friend of Roger’s, I can’t talk to him, I’ve seen his email, does any relative know anything, if something happened to him… please, if anyone knows… send it email to…..thank you….

  4. Was so surprised to hear of Kenneth’s passing… prayers for his family. I sit in the back at Woodmont and though I didn’t know him other than a few minutes each week at church, Kenneth would frequently ask about my wife’s health… I’m very saddened .. 🙏🏻

    • I just found out this very tragic news from Dale and I am heartbroken for him and his family. I didn’t know Kenny really because I had only seen him twice but by reading his obit just now I have insight into how God fearing and wonderful a man he had become.

  5. Mrs Denny I am so sorry for your loss. May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten. Love you

  6. Prayers for comfort and strength for the entire Denny family. i can see from all the comments, you are well loved. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  7. Krystal, Landon, KK and Dale,
    My heart has been so heavy for each of you. Your loss is heart breaking and only our Heavenly Father can fully know and may you feel His arms around you,
    I love you,
    Barbara Hobson

  8. Very sad to hear of Kenny’s passing. He was one of the kindest people I have ever met. Deepest condolences to his loved ones.

  9. You raised a fine young man and you should be a proud father. Gone too soon but he is with our heavenly Father now. May the Lord be with you and your family during this time of loss. The angels are celebrating.

  10. When I think of Kenny and his brief time here I am reminded that quality of life and the influence one has on others is not measured by the length in years on this Earth. I’ve known Kenny since he was a youngster and even in his childhood, he was thoughtful, considerate, and interested in people. Sounds a lot like Jesus. I’ve followed Kenny closely during most of his 44 years having worked with him, worshiped with him and observed him in his role of friend, son, grandson, father and husband. In each of these roles, Kenny displayed a servant’s heart and conducted himself as a Jesus man. Kenny was distinctive, uniquely gifted by our Father, a special person. “Blessed are those who die in the Lord…they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” (Rev. 14:13). Thank you Lord for this good man.

  11. Sending a big hug to you, Dale, and the rest of the family. We love you all and are praying for you.

    Jesus wept. (John 11:35)

  12. Beautiful tribute❤️

    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
    Psalm 34:18

  13. I didn’t know this friend well, but I do now. I know that he was a loving father who loved and adored his wife and children; I know that he supported his family’s attendance as they worshiped the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ; and finally, I know that his father Dale will feel this loss more than words can tell.
    Rest in peace, Kenneth.

    I know he will be missed by all who knew him, and his family will be in our prayers as we mourn this loss to our spiritual family.

    Elaine Griffin

  14. We were so sorry to hear about Kenneth. We didn’t know him well but know he lived for our Lord and also know he was raised in a wonderful family. May God watch over his wife and children .

  15. Dale, I am so very sorry for your loss. Loss of a loved one is never easy, but our Lord and Savior has welcomed Kenneth home and will keep you and your family in the days to come.

  16. Our family is praying for comfort peace, and joyful remembrance for you all. ❤️ My one interaction with Kenneth was so sweet- he wanted to share how amazing his wife is and how grateful he was that she was surrounded with people she loved to work with and a place where she felt like family at LCS. He was so excited to see her work highlighted and to celebrate her. I think that truly shows in just a snapshot what blessing he has been to so many, and how God gives us incredible gifts through our time with our loved ones. May you soak in all the sweet memories and know God is with you… we can rejoice that he is with Jesus! ❤️

  17. Dale, wish we had known your son. Sounds a lot like his dad. Grief for your whole family must be profound. Hope the knowledge that he is in the arms of Jesus is a great comfort to each of you until you meet again. –Annette and Will Chamberlain

  18. Oh Dale! My heart aches for and the family. You gave Kenneth the best life and gift….that of knowing Jesus and his Father and knowing the love of an earthly father. I am so sorrow. I am so sorrow my friend.

  19. For Dale, May God give you the strength you need and the answer of all of your questions right now to face this challenging situation and become stronger. God bless you Dale, wipe your tears.

  20. Heartfelt prayers and condolences to Dale, Crystal, and the rest of the family.
    I am so so sorry for your loss.

  21. “How I long to breathe the air of Heaven, where pain is gone and mercy fills the streets”. Just think Kenny is enjoying this today and every day. What a beautiful life of serving our Lord was Kenny’s example for us to remember him.
    Our heart aches for his precious family. May God bless and comfort them. They are loved by so many.

    We love you,
    Jim and Cayce Clay

  22. Dearest Dale,
    May God’s love surround you and your wonderful family, and give you comfort.
    We know how proud you are of the God fearing man Kenneth became, and what a wonderful legacy he has left you and his family.
    We grieve with you and pray for you and Kenneth’s family over his terrible loss.

    We love you all,
    Clyde, Linda and Van

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