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Dennis, Anthony K.

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December 29, 1972 - May 26, 2016

Dennis, Anthony K.

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 (


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


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Susie Ashbaugh

June 06, 2016 11:43PM

Dear Family of Kyle, I am so sorry for your loss. Kyle cut my hair for the past 16 years or more, and our daughter's when she was young. Years ago he came over for dinner with the entire family. He always remembered everyone's name and the news from our previous visit. (He was so accurate, I asked if he kept on index card on all his clients!). His interest seemed genuine. I loved the times he shared from his heart, and I did too, and we talked on a deep level. We shared some of the same struggles. He was a thoughtful, tenderhearted man. I pray you all feel God's strength, comfort and peace as you go through this difficult time.
with deep sympathy,
Susie and Bill Ashbaugh

Laura Myers

June 04, 2016 11:38PM

In so much shock. Kyle was so much more than just the greatest hair stylist. He was a confidant & a friend (also a prankster). So many great memories & stories to tell. Such a great loss to all whose lives he touched. He was the ray of sunshine on a gloomy day and the rainbow after a storm. We will all miss you. My deepest sympathy and condolences to your family. Until we meet again, my friend.

Lynne Thornton

June 04, 2016 11:24AM

Kyle was our family's stylist when we lived in Dallas from 2004 to 2014. He showed much kindness and concern for our family and was a part of our boys' growing up from kids to young adults. He was always great about accommodating our family's crazy schedules. We will remember him with much fondness and pray for God's comfort and blessings on his family and friends.
John and Lynne Thornton, Patrick and Thomas

Jo Anne Ross

June 03, 2016 10:58PM

I will miss him so...I already do. Such a sweet and special loving person. Why these gems of light in our lives are taken is a mystery. Kyle, I hope you feel my love for you and you are now in a place of eternal peace and happiness.

Kim Penney

June 03, 2016 10:01PM

My sweet Kyle. We were good friends and co-workers for about 17 years. His spirit, silliness and kind heart are what drew me to him. I'll never forget all the wonderful laughs and cries we had. He was there for the birth of both of my babies and my oldest nephew. I loved every minute I got to spend with him, he was a true joy in my life. There will always be a special place in my heart for him. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family. I will always love you my sweet friend.

Janet Wright

June 03, 2016 8:41PM

I worked with Kyle for several years. What a great guy! We all have a lot of great memories. To his family, so sorry for your loss.

Meadow Gobert

June 02, 2016 1:17PM

I only worked with Kyle for a short time over the last year. I learned quickly how kind and compassionate he was. Kyle was a generous spirit and talented artist. I will continue to admire his servant heart. My deepest sympathy is with your family. I pray Kyle is at peace now.

Blade Thompson

June 02, 2016 10:35AM

I am saddened for everyone who lost Kyle. He was a very kind person, big heart, and great smile. The world is worse off without someone like him.

Lyn Asbury

June 01, 2016 4:37PM

My sweet Kyle I will miss you so much! To walk in for my appt. and say to you, "How are you?" and you would say "I'm blessed"! was in itself so sweet .... But then to leave and have you tell me to " Have a blessed day!" was so very you! Your genuine smile and care was who you were and that is why I drove from Little Elm for about the last 10 yrs!
You were a good and kind and caring man and loved your gramma and those sweet dogs with all your heart! I hope your gramma was there to welcome you to her arms and that you see how much you were loved here! I am so sorry for your families loss of you! I send love and blessings to you Kyle until we meet again! With love Lyn :) Xoxox

Linda and Bill pack

June 01, 2016 10:10AM

Our prayers for you and your family have been with you since we hear. Know our loving God will guide you through all days and give you the strength you need. Love to all of your family.

Bobby DeVilbiss

June 01, 2016 9:34AM

Kyle always had a way to make you smile and laugh. I will miss our 30 minute appointments that we had every 3 weeks for the last 14 years. My condolences to his family.

Patty Wilson

June 01, 2016 1:11AM

I pray the Lord give you peace in your hearts knowing that he is in a much better place now.

Debbie Gregory

May 31, 2016 10:03PM

My heart hurts with you. Praying our Father's comfort surround you. HIS peace heal the sorrow and grief, the pain too great to bear. HE knows your ache of this Son leaving so soon. Father, give them peace and YOUR rest in this hour.

Tammy Sawyer

May 31, 2016 6:49PM

I wish I had kept up with you through the years, you were always so much fun to be around! You will be missed so much by those you were close to and the ones who loved you unconditionally.
You truly were one of a kind!

Tammy Wheat (Sims)

May 31, 2016 6:22PM

I wish I had kept up with you through the years! I absolutely loved your zeal for life, you will be truly missed by those who loved you!

vickie stockton

May 31, 2016 4:53PM

My deepest sympathy for the family.
Kyle was full of life and shared his
Laughter with everyone.

Earlene Tidwell

May 31, 2016 2:57PM

So very sorry to hear about Kyle. Praying for God's strength, comfort and peace for you all.
Earlene Tidwell
Josh & Kodie Tidwell

Claudia and Terry

May 31, 2016 10:35AM

We are so sorry to hear this. Comfort and prayers going up to the family. We will gladly make a donation to SPCA in Kyle's honor.

Ronnie and Beverly Kyle

May 31, 2016 10:12AM

So sorry for your loss, I can't imagine the pain y'all are going through. We are praying for the family. God Bless Y'all.

Linda Liardon

May 31, 2016 8:28AM

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

Jennifer Brown

May 31, 2016 4:49AM

I'm still so shocked that Kyle is gone. I loved his sense of humor and how happy he always seemed to be. My mom, sister and I all knew him and often shared "Kyle-isms". He will be dearly missed.

Aline & Chuck

May 31, 2016 2:10AM

Our heart & prayers are with you Misacheline, Lesliie & family. God is holding you in his arms giving you strength in this time of sorrow.

Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear. May he find comfort in the hands of angels

Jen Lippe

May 31, 2016 1:40AM

I will remember your smile and laughter as you walked down the hall with Bobby Hightower....may your friends and family find comfort

Paula Cunningham

May 30, 2016 8:53PM

We attended church with Kyle and his family when he was in high school here at Whitney. He was always so polite, kind, helpful, and had such a wonderful smile on his face. I know his family is hurting and I pray dear Lord for their hearts to be healed as they say their goodbyes.

Dell and Suzanne Hall

May 30, 2016 8:49PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with Misachilene and Leslie for the loss of your precious son Kyle. Sincere condolences and prayer to his brother, sister, extended family and friends. You will be greatly missed. RIP sweet angel.

Robin Rogers

May 30, 2016 7:47PM

Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, where do I begin. We worked together for years, traveled together, agreed and dis-agreed, scraped wallpaper together but most of all we laughed through it all! You and I have memories that I will never forget! I am so happy that we spent our our birthday together this last December over lunch. I am blessed to have known you and to call you my friend. You will be forever missed. Love you always!❤️

Sandra Brown

May 30, 2016 7:31PM

I am shocked and saddened. He was a wonderful person, always had me laughing. I will miss him greatly. Kyle, I know you are watching over us from heaven with your beloved grandmother.🙏

Kristi Miller Shoaff

May 30, 2016 7:20PM

May God give comfort you in this time. Sending prayers.

Kelly Selaiden

May 30, 2016 7:17PM

Kyle was my co worker and my friend, and I loved him for all that he was. He was absolutely the funniest person I've ever known. I will truly miss him.

Anna Jessen

May 30, 2016 7:06PM

My sincere sympathy and many prayers for Kyle's family and friends. He was a terrific person and so loved by all who knew him. He left us way too soon. When my daughter would bring him to our home, he brought so much laughter, just a wonderful soul to be around. I would never catch him doing this but hours or maybe even days later after his visits, I would see that all the magnets on my refrigerator would be turned upside down and sideways, just totally messed up. When noticed, I would smile and burst into laughter and say to myself, "Kyle got me again" or "Kyle was here." Thank you, Kyle, for being in my life through Amy. I will never forget you; you'll always hold a special place in my heart. Rest easy.

Tammie Jones

May 30, 2016 5:23PM

Wow what a great soul!! Kyle we had many good times together .. You will be missed! Fly high.. Oh and hug BOBBY FOR ME TOO!

Cherie (Eddleman) Rowland

May 30, 2016 3:42PM

Kyle was truly one of a kind! I have so many memories of him- he will be missed. God bless the Dennis family and the entire WHS Class of '91 as we mourn his loss. Prayers sent...

Sherry thorp

May 30, 2016 3:06PM

You will never meet a more kinder soul than Kyle. He was my cousin who I loved deeply.He is now with his granny whom I know was happy to see him. Kyle rest in peace!! Love you, Sherry

Courtney Williams

May 30, 2016 2:40PM

My condolences and prayers go out to the family in this hard time.

Amy Reidling

May 30, 2016 2:15PM

Kyle was always smiling and happy. My sincere condolences to his family and close friends..