Reverend Dennis Allen Spaulding

January 25, 1940 - December 9, 2020
Reverend Dennis Allen Spaulding


Reverend Dennis Allen Spaulding, 80, of passed away peacefully on Wednesday December 9, 2020 at his home in Leland, NC.

Dennis was born on January 25, 1940 in Williamsburg, Ohio to the late Joe and Lucille Spaulding of Goshen, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his son Brian Christopher and younger brother Aaron Spaulding of Akron, Ohio.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 57 years, Sharon, daughter Kimberly Cockrell (Ray) of Wilmington, NC, son Brett (Cathy) of Loveland, Ohio, grandsons Joshua and Mason, brother Joe Spaulding (Jane) and family of Loveland, Ohio, sister Susan Thiel (Leo) and family of Batavia, Ohio and sister-in-law Sheryl Spaulding and family of Akron, Ohio.

Dennis grew up in Goshen, Ohio and graduated from Goshen High School. During high school he loved sports and began his love of music. During this time, he received first place in 4-H vegetable gardening at the Ohio State Fair and represented Ohio at the National Conference that year. He attended Ohio State University and Cumberland College in Kentucky. Dennis served proudly in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1962 where he served as Choir Director of the Protestant Congregation and Youth Center Director at Laughlin AFB, Texas. From there he wore many hats working in insurance, real estate, as a general contractor, landscaper and served as a Methodist choir director, Southern Baptist minister of music and youth and an ordained Southern Baptist and United Methodist pastor in several churches in Ohio, Kentucky and North Carolina. He was an active member of Pine Valley United Methodist Church.

On August, 10, 1963 he married his loveliest choir member, Sharon Stevenson, in Norwood, Ohio. He was a talented singer and musician becoming proficient in trumpet. He shared his gift with many through his churches and participation in community choirs and choral groups. Dennis was a man of action and determination, always looking for moments to provide opportunities and experiences for others. One can see his heart of servitude throughout his life. This quote sums it up – “The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In Dennis and Papa’s honor, be kind to others and share your generosity with a memorial to either Boys and Girls Homes of NC, PO Box 127, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450 or Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd, Wilmington, NC 28403.

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  • December 10, 2020
    Margie Cribb says:
    Kim, Ray and boys. My prayers go out to you in the passing away of your father, grandfather and father-in-law. May you feel the comfort of God during this time of sorry,

  • December 10, 2020
    Margie Cribb says:
    Prayers for Kim and family during the passing away of your loved one. May you feel Gods presents.

  • December 12, 2020
    Ray & Loretta Holder says:
    Prayers to Sharon & the family. Dennis was a wonderful man who we enjoyed knowing

  • December 14, 2020
    Carolyn T Apel says:
    So sorry to hear of this! I remember Dennis from his years at Mt. Carmel Baptist in Kenwood. He was so wonderful with our youth and The Good News Singers! Prayers for you, Sharon and all the family.

  • December 14, 2020
    Charles (Ernie) York says:
    Our prayers go out to Sharon. Dennis was a great man. He was instrumental in my love music. As our leader in the Good News choir at Mt Carmel he was loved and respected by many of us and is still thought of fondly. Our love is extended to Sharon and entire family