We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Akridge Family Funeral Care
Jacksonville - Arlene Joyce Wade Dennis, 81, made her heavenly transition, Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Onslow Memorial Hospital.
Celebration of Life service will be held 1pm Saturday, August 6, 2022 at New Covenant Ministries in accordance with the Covid-19 mandate. Burial will follow immediately after the service at Georgetown Memorial Park. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Mother Arlene Joyce Wade Dennis was born August 8, 1940, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late William Alfred Wade and the late Thelma Tomlin. She was the third of six children from that union which included Alfred Wade, Fletcher Wade, Richard Wade, Raymond Wade, Thomas Wade, and Lonnie Henderson. She made her heavenly transition, Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, North Carolina at eighty-one years old.
Mother Dennis attended the Allegany public schools and graduated from Allegany High School, Pittsburgh, PA. She was an active member of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of the oldest black churches of Pittsburgh. She served faithfully as a choir member, with the youth ministry and wherever the Lord called her to be.
Mother Arlene Dennis later moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she became a member of God’s House of Prayer and later joined Outreach Church of God in Christ in Harvey Illinois, under the Leadership of Superintendent James Sims, in the First Jurisdiction of Illinois, where Bishop L. H. Ford was the Presiding Prelate. While at Outreach, she met her late husband, Pastor Crownalick Dennis and shared twenty-eight (28) wonderful years of marriage.
Mother Dennis worked with the Sunday School Department, Missions, Youth Ministry and YWCC President and wherever she was needed. Because of Mother Dennis’ passion for children, she obtained her Associates of Early Childhood Education allowing her to be the first Administrator of the Church’s Childcare Center, Outreach Exceptional Academy.
Mother Dennis graduated from the Charles Harrison Mason Bible College in Chicago, Illinois and upon graduation, she received her Evangelist Missionary license under Mother Charlotte Eade, Jurisdictional Supervisor. She retired after more than 25 years of service at the South Suburban Ford City United Postal Service, Chicago, Illinois.
Mother Dennis and her husband, Elder Crownalick Dennis relocated to Jacksonville, North Carolina in 2003, where they served under the leadership of Superintendent Virgin Robinson III, Pastor New Covenant Ministries Church of God In Christ in the Greater North Carolina Jurisdiction of the Church of God In Christ where Bishop Leroy Jackson Woolard is the Presiding Prelate. She was a faithful, active member and the Church Mother of New Covenant Ministries.
While at New Covenant, Mother Dennis and her husband were faithful workers in the local church, District, Jurisdiction or wherever they were asked to serve. Mother Dennis served as a Sunday School Teacher, Mothers Board, Pastor’s Aide Committee and Prayer and Bible Band Teacher, Kitchen Committee and Outreach Ministries.
In 2010, her husband, Elder Dennis was asked to oversee Holy House of Prayer Church of God In Christ in Teachey, North Carolina to serve as Pastor of the church in the passing of the Founder and Pastor, Elder Thadius Thomas Keith. Mother Dennis and her husband once again served faithfully at Holy House of Prayer until his passing. Mother Dennis resumed her position as Church Mother and continued to love, teach and encourage others.
Arlene J. Dennis (and don’t forget the J.) spirit will live on forever. Although she felt like a grandmother like figure to many we will always remember the vivacious energy she carried inside her even into her older age. She loved to be a part of social events, loved to cook, and loved to help others out whenever she could. They say there is nothing like mother/grandmother’s love and hers was felt by every life she touched.
Leaving to cherish her loving memories are her loving family members: brothers Richard Herman Wade of Sacramento, CA., and Thomas Wade of Washington, DC, her loving son Ronald Wesley of Jacksonville, NC and granddaughters Maxim Wesley of Oahu, Hawaii and Wednesday Wesley of Charlotte, NC. Family, friends, spiritual sons and daughters, and her beloved church family.
Celebration of Life Services are entrusted to Akridge Family Funeral Care.