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Acklin, Dennis Dean, Sr.

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July 10, 1940 - July 20, 2014

Acklin, Dennis Dean, Sr.

Dennis Dean Acklin, born July 10, 1940 in Conway, Arkansas, passed away at his home in Melissa, Texas on July 20, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Tommie and Thelma Acklin. He is survived by his brother Travis Acklin; his children, Dennis Acklin, Jr., Debra Martin, Christopher Acklin, Amanda Bhuket, Joy Acklin, and Abbie Acklin-Johnson; and his grandchildren, Jayci Acklin, Megan Keeton, Taylor Delk, Jordan Acklin, William Acklin, and Ryker Johnson.

Dennis graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a double major in Music and Religion in 1966. His love of music and devotion to God led him to serve as music minister in many churches throughout his life. In addition to serving as a founding Board Member of the Chamber of Commerce in Plano, Texas, and as one of its first City Managers, Dennis had notable careers in education, real estate and sales. He was an avid pilot and automobile collector. This love of high-performance vehicles along with his daredevil nature earned him the nickname “Crash” among many of his friends and colleagues. Dennis’s charisma, compassion for others, and incredible sense of humor endeared him to everyone he met. His commitment to Christ’s love was most apparent in the love he possessed for his children and grandchildren. He was dearly loved by his family and friends, and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Rhea’s Mill Baptist Church in McKinney, Texas at 2:00 P.M.

Arrangements are under the direction of

ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

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Leota Holcomb

July 26, 2014 11:38PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Anita Drydale

July 25, 2014 6:03PM

We will miss Dennis greatly. I'm grateful that Josie and me had the chance to get to know him. Dennis was so encouraging to us. God has one of His greater angels home.

Melanie Zimmer

July 25, 2014 4:49PM

Dennis will be sincerely missed! He was funny and such an encourager! Praying for his family to have peace and comfort through this time. I'm sure he's doing the boogie on the golden streets right now!


July 24, 2014 11:59PM

Abbie, Joy, and all you other Acklin kids and grandkids--Dennis became so special to me in the last few months as my dedicated "phone buddy". We shared many hours of joy by phone solving world problems, soothing each other's hurts, and just trying to fill our void with happiness. He helped me through my loneliness, and I think I made his days better too. We kept each other on our toes, and had many a good "belly laugh" over maybe something that wouldn't even be funny to others. He was kind, generous, very funny, compassionate, interested in everything, and a very smart, intelligent man. You never get too old to have fun like a kid. May God give this family peace and only precious, happy memories of Dennis. Love, Linda Havens Smith

Glenna Loveless Dugar

July 24, 2014 10:24PM

It was truly a shock to hear of Dennis Passing. Just last week we were chating on facebook. I have know Dennis for many years from Conway High School and done real estate business with him back in 1960. My prayers for the family as they go through this difficulty time. He will be missed by so many that knew and loved him He was a Great man.

Billy Pike

July 24, 2014 9:54PM

Dennis and I graduated from Conway High School in 1958. We lost contact over the years and reconnected 50+ years later on Facebook. Sorry for your loss, will keep the family in my prayers.

Leslie Sharp

July 24, 2014 10:11AM

Thinking of you and all the Acklin family.
What a loss. Sounds like he was quite an amazing man.

Judy Taylor

July 24, 2014 10:01AM

Dennis and I became friends in the early 70's, Abbie's mom and I were good friends and I was around Betty and Dennis a great deal. Betty was about my best friend then and I loved them both.

Shawn P Rider (Spanki)

July 24, 2014 7:08AM

I can not express the sadness I feel when I realize my Sweetface man is gone. He was such a joy and always had a smile even when he felt bad. His constant encouragement truly made me realize my worth during some real stressful times. My sincere condolences to his family who now have the priviledge of carrying on his legacy. I will always love you Dennis, Sweetface, Crash, Acklin!! Love, Spanki


July 24, 2014 6:34AM

Abbie, So sorry to hear about your Dad, he was so special to you!
Troy & Karen Kerekes

Gene and Linda Reeves

July 23, 2014 10:12PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. He was one one funny guy. May God Bless each of you. Love, Linda Shettles Reeves.

Linda Dozier

July 23, 2014 10:07PM

Dennis was a big part of our CR group. Always encouraging and willing to listen to anyone. His wisdom and life lessons have helped many people on their road to recovery. His absence will be a major loss. However, he is in a better place healthy and happy. My prayer is that God brings comfort and peace to the family.

Valeri Barnes

July 23, 2014 9:11PM

I will miss this sweet man of God. So many times he encouraged me in my faith and in my life. Kind and always ready to pray, he just exuded the love of Jesus. So happy for him today as he is with the Lord, but oh, how my heart will miss him. My prayers for the family and all those who love sweet Crash.