Anthony Kyle Dennis, 43, of Dallas, was born on December 29, 1972, in Whitney, Texas, and passed away in his home on May 26, 2016. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m, Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Greenland Hills United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m, Sunday, June 5, 2016, at the home of his parents.
Kyle was the middle of three children, born to Leslie and Misachilene Dennis of Whitney, Texas. He is survived by both of his parents. Other survivors include Doug and Ahleasha Hope (sister), and nephews Tyler and Colby, of Whitney; Klay Dennis (brother) and Wes Knotts, of Dallas; Bill and Sue Martin (aunt) of Corsicana; his beloved dogs George Henry, Pierre, Holiday, and Rascal; lifelong friend Amy Benson, of Arlington; and countless friends and clients. He is preceded in death by grandparents Clovis and Etheline Dennis, of Whitney; and Nelson and Louise Gatlin, also of Whitney.
Kyle would want to be remembered for his contagious laughter, his incomparable sense of humor, his tremendous kindness towards people, and his unwavering love for animals. In lieu of flowers, both the family and Kyle request that memorial donations be made to the SPCA of Texas (www.spca.org/waystogive).
Kyle graduated from Whitney High School. His former classmates describe him as “wonderful and funny,” “a truly kind soul,” “a joy to have as a friend,” and “always smiling and ever ready to help others.” Whitney is a small town, and most of his classmates were lucky enough to spend the entirety of their school years with him. They were children together, they grew up together, and they became adults together. They made memories, shared dreams, and shaped each others’ lives — and he will always be a part of and remembered by those whose lives he touched.
Kyle attended Ogle School in Dallas to earn his Cosmetology License, and served the greater Dallas area as a hairstylist for over 20 years. When you sat in Kyle’s chair, he didn’t just give you a haircut. He gave you advice, he gave you laughter (lots of it), and he gave you a different perspective on life. You walked away with an amazing cut or color…and very likely a hilarious story (or more!) to tell. He had a beautiful heart, a beautiful mind, and a beautiful soul–and day after day, he made Dallas beautiful, as well.
Kyle had the following quote framed at his salon: “Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.” He looked at it every day. He lived it every day. His passing left a hole in our hearts that can never and will never be filled. He lived uniquely, he laughed heartily, and he loved fiercely. He never met a stranger, and never, ever passed on an opportunity to make someone laugh. This world lost a light, and he had absolutely no idea how brightly he shined. Our lives will always be a little darker now without him in it.
Anthony Kyle Dennis–you are loved deeply, you are missed greatly, and you will be remembered fondly and forever.
Greenland Hills United Methodist Church:
5835 Penrose Ave
Dallas, Texas 75206