SHEFFIELD -- Dennis Fondren, 93, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today at Morrison Funeral Home, Tuscumbia. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Tuscumbia, with burial in Colbert Memorial Gardens.
Times Daily Obituaries on Thursday, March 24, 2016, Florence, Alabama.
Dennis was born in Marion, Alabama, on September 8, 1922, to Charles Emmit and Martha Jane Holifield Fondren. He was a barber in Tuscumbia for 54 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Tuscumbia where he accepted the Lord and was baptized on May 10, 1959. While at First Baptist he served as deacon, Sunday school teacher, R.A. leader and Wednesday night cook. He served as a member of Sheffield Masonic Lodge #503 for over 50 years.
Dennis served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the Army, serving as squad leader with company "C" of the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment during World War II and fought in the European Theatre, including the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Market Garden. His medals and citations included the World War II Victory Medal, American Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead, Belgium Fourragere, Netherlands Distinguished Unit Citation, Combat Infantryman Badge and Glider Badge.
When he came home from the war, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Adelia Snider, on January 25, 1947. They moved to Sheffield and were blessed with 69 years together.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Rogers Elliott, C.E., Leon and Robert Lee; sister, Maude Perdue; and beloved grandson, Tyler Russell.
He leaves to cherish his memory to his wife, Mary; daughters, Karen Stillwell (Benjie), Linda Frederick (Mike), Ann Winborne and Christi Staggs; grandchildren, Ashley Davis Hansana (Olay), Meagan Davis, Colt Stillwell, Chuck Bradford (Tiffany), Steven Frederick (Ashley), Brad Winborne and Katie Russell; six great-grandchildren; special brother-in-law, and friend, Marshall Snider; as well as a host of other loving extended family members.
Mary Adelia Snider Fondren
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