Dennis Keith Jarrell

September 13, 1960 - August 27, 2009
Dennis Keith Jarrell

Dennis Keith Jarrell, 48, was called into the arms of Jesus on August 27, 2009 after a brief, but courageous, battle with cancer.

A native of Wilmington, Dennis is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Cindy L. Jarrell, his daughter Jennifer Christian Jarrell-Wilson and husband Matt of Atlanta, Ga. and his son Eric L. Jarrell and girlfriend Jessica Figgins of Wilmington along with his three dogs Angel, Littledog and Lotus. He is also survived by his loving parents father Rudy A. Jarrell, Jr. and wife Carolyn, mother Patricia T. Brehmer and husband Ray, brother J. Daniel Jarrell and wife Harriette, sister Tammy L. Ragan and husband Sam, step-sister Julie R. Saltsgaver and husband Brian, step-brother Kenneth R. Brehmer Jr., many special aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, and an extra special mother-in-law Helen Smith. Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Rudolph and Hazel Jarrell, Sr., and Leon and Eloise Teachey. Additionally, Dennis is survived by very special and devoted long time friends Jamie Roderick and wife Beth, Tim Nichols and wife Robin who were instrumental during his life and are considered family.

His covenant with God gave him the strength and courage to fight this battle with an amazingly positive outlook. God was his first love followed by his wife Cindy and their two children.

His passions in life included his motorcycle and Jeep Rubicon. He also loved to travel which carried him to 46 of the 48 contiguous states, Mexico, and most of Canada. His latest trip with Cindy was by motorcycle that carried them as far as Newfoundland. While stationed in Europe he traveled to every country including Denmark, Switzerland, France, East and West Berlin, and many more.

He was a third generation Law Enforcement Officer following his grandfather Rudolph A. Jarrell, Sr. who retired from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department, his father Rudy A. Jarrell Jr. who served with the Sheriff’s Department and retired after a decade as Chief of Police for the Town of Kure Beach, NC. Dennis was also a Military Police officer while in the Army and later served several years with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department.

Dennis was a Computer Software and Web developer at VisionAIR of Castle Hayne which designs public safety software and is used by Law Enforcement agencies across the United States. In recent years his design work was for churches, doctors, and lawyer offices.

The family will receive friends and visitors at Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, Monday August 31, 2009 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. A service celebrating his life will be held at Pine Valley Church of God, 3810 Shipyard Blvd in Wilmington, Tuesday September 1, 2009 at 2 p.m., and other times at his home. A graveside service will follow at the Friendly Lane Community Cemetery on Masonboro Sound. A gathering celebrating his life will follow at the old Jarrell home located at 330 Friendly Lane.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, or in memory of Dennis please visit to purchase an Evidence Bible. Special gratitude is offered by the family to the Veterans Administration whose assistance was invaluable, as well as, Beth Cook nurse at Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service 1535 S.41st Wilmington, N.C. 28403 910.791.9099

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  • September 02, 2009
    David Meyer says:
    Dennis was my first real friend when I moved to Wilmington. A Truer friend one could never ask for. We shared a lot of good times together. I will always remember our conversations, many of which were about Jesus. I am Glad I got to see Dennis and Cindy recently at the Outer Banks. I miss my friend very much, but am happy for him on his new adventure with the Lord. Vaya Con Dios Amigo.

  • September 02, 2009
    Charles Lawhon says:
    We old timers in the Soutbern Cruisers Riding Club enjoyed our rides with Dennis and Cindy. I remember Steve Mills used to call Dennis to wake him up to get him down to the gas station for our rides! I always enjoyed my discussions with Dennis on a variety of subjects at the Sonic Drive in on Friday nights. We extend our condolences to Cindy and the rest of Dennis' family and friends from all over.

  • September 03, 2009
    Robin & Tim Nichols & family says:
    Thank God for the promise of eternal life and the reunion of the saints in the presence of our Creator/Redeemer where there is no more death, disease, corruption or evil of any kind! Meanwhile we press on, limping with the loss of a precious compatriot. I marvel that the whole world isn't mourning. (But I did notice Chic-fil-a flying their flag half-mast:) I'm so glad to have Dennis (& his family) in our lives, his influence on our children, his encouragment to my husband! Dennis, we'll miss those conversations at the dinner table. Who is going to eat my salmon patties now?!? Our love and prayers are with you Cindy & family.

  • September 07, 2009
    Linda Jarrell Eckenhoff says:
    Dear Rudy and family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your son, so young. We do not know what plans God has for us when we are placed on this earth, but sadly Keith was chosen to leave much too soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the rest of your family. Love, Linda & family

  • September 08, 2009
    Rex B. Jarrell, Jr. says:
    Dear Rudy and Family: I was very sorry to hear about the loss of your son, Dennis. He obviously was very special to all of you. His life was too short, but certainly full of love, faith, family and adventure. I know he is walking hand in hand with God. Sincerely, Rex Jarrell