Christine Pleasant Denning

December 1, 2013 

Christine Pleasant Denn-ing of Sanford died Saturday November 23, 2013. Graveside services were held at 11:00 am Tuesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Smithfield by Rev. Lee Colbert.

Mrs. Denn- ing was born in the Pleasant Grove Township of Johnston Co, one of five children, a daughter of the late CT (Callie) Pleasant and Maggie Dixon Pleasant. After earning her business and accounting degree from Women’s College, now UNC Greensboro, she became a secretary for Admiral McFerson in Wilmington, NC. Christine married Hubert Vance Denning in 1950 and they moved to Smithfield, NC. She was a dedicated and loving mother and homemaker.

Christine was a member and loved the First Baptist Church of Smithfield for over 50 years. She taught Sunday School and served in many capacities. She was a longtime member and president of the Smithfield Woman’s Club. Her love for gardening lead to membership in the Smithfield Garden Club. She served as president and earned the right to be a state judge in flower arranging. This creativeness with flowers lead to her serving as a member and consultant with the Keep NC Beautiful project with Mrs. Dank Moore. Christine loved to read and served on the Smithfield Library Committee.

Her husband, Hubert V Denning, two sisters and two brothers preceded her in death; Glenn Pleasant, Sarah Jane Cottle, Leo Pleasant, and Helen Pleasant Dixon.

Mrs. Denning is survived by her son, Dr. Charles Vance Denning of Sanford; a daughter, Margaret Anne Rhodes and husband Reid of Rocky Mount; four grandchildren, Elizabeth, Suzanne, Vance, and Thomas; two great grandsons, Jackson and Walker.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 209, Smithfield, NC 27577 or to the Salvation Army.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Whitakers Glenn and Parkview Retirement Home.

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Arrangements are by Rogers - Pickard Funeral Home.

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