Jones - Walker Funeral Chapel in Commerce (Tx)
Friday October 1st, 2021
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Dennis LaWayne Wofford
Dennis Wofford, 69, of Commerce, passed away early Monday morning, September 27, 2021 at Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville, Texas.
Dennis LaWayne Wofford was born in Dallas, Texas on September 18, 1952 to E.Dain and Joyce Wofford.
The Wofford’s moved from Texas when Dennis was 5 years old due to severe allergies he suffered. They moved to San Diego, CA. There, Dennis, his sister and his parents found a great love for Go Karts and motorcycles. They enjoyed riding through town sightseeing and spending time as a family. Dennis also discovered his love for surfing and indulged in the water sport as often as possible. Once he reached high school his love for playing the drums drove him to join the band at Santana High School.
In 1978 Dennis started his career in plumbing. He also married April Hamlin and began a family. Together they were blessed with three children, daughter Heather Wofford of McKinney, Tx. Daughter, Autumn & Chris Hood of Las Vegas, NV and son Matthew & Sarah Wofford of Garland, Tx.
In 1985 Dennis married Lorri Ann Green. They were blessed with a daughter, Echo & Kyle Wofford Messimer of Commerce, Tx. Together Dennis & Lorri had big plans for their future and their blended family. They built a legacy of hard work and determination with great rewards farming in Booneville, Arkansas. Tyson Farms awarded his farms for “Grower of the Year ''. A great honor for him and his family, providing food for our troops in Dessert Storm. He had several farms, one even named Echo Farm, after his youngest daughter. Dennis later moved his family to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. There he started his own plumbing company that was very successful.
Dennis loved to travel and experience life out on the open road. He was a truck driver and covered thousands of miles across the United States. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle with his good friend Peanut (the ventriloquist doll) which always created many conversations, loads of laughs, wonderful memories and great joy to his heart. His love for driving led him to become a school bus driver for the Commerce Independent School District.
Dennis loved to tell stories of his life’s adventures with great enthusiasm, wit and a joyful spirit. Whatever he was in too, he was all in, full heartedly. He definitely was a character and would play the part, from church functions to family/friend entertainment, he enjoyed expressing his love for all in that way, with a big smile! E. Dain Wofford, Dennis’ Dad instilled in him the importance of taking care of children. He was a big supporter through events and donations of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and told everyone that was the place to take your children for the best care.
Dennis loved his 7 grandchildren. Hunter, Lauren, Cheyenne, AvaLee, Jason, Tyler and Theodore. He spent the later part of his life spending as much time with each of them as possible. He was a proud grandfather. He made sure to include them in his daily routines, taking them along with him to run errands. Spending time playing games, reading and watching TV. His love for them was greatly seen and touched the hearts of many.
Dennis and wife Lorri of over 35 years, spent the last years of his life in Commerce, Texas. He had many friends and was well known in the community as a person who would help those in need. Many times he opened his home to those needing shelter, food, and a safe place from harm. As his health began to decline, Echo, Kyle and their children joined their homes and lived together. He was surrounded by his family and friends, which was the way he enjoyed life.
Dennis spent the last few weeks at Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville, Tx. He fought hard to overcome COVID but sadly passed away in the early morning hours on September 27, 2021. He had just turned 69.
Born in Texas, Dennis LaWayne Wofford and was truly a Texan. His life was full of ambition and he aspired to live simply with his family and loved ones near. A self-made man, Dennis was a skilled tradesman providing services in a variety of ways over his life. His entreprenuerial spirit lead to him owning and operating a successful, independently owned business for many years, and employing many families. His work helping him to achieve his passion of supporting others by tending to their needs, and serving his community. Through this work anyone that knew him could easily see the vitality of his spirit and tireless work ethics reflected in the countless projects and late night calls he would answer. A man of faith, Dennis maintained a close, personal relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, whom he undoubtedly sits nearest to now. Later in life, he answered the calls of his community, donating his time and money to assist at his local church and other community organizations. During his time with us he achieved many of his dreams including to be a husband, father, grandfather, friend, and respected member of his community. Dennis Wofford lives on in the hearts and minds of his loving family and friends. A Memorial Service for Dennis will be held on Friday October, 1 at 4:00 P.M. (as Dennis was not a morning person) at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home at 1209 Live Oak Street, Commerce, Texas 75428. Dennis’ family will also be gathering together after the funeral service at the Commerce City Park on Park Street. Anyone is invited to share their memories and pictures of Dennis with them. Dennis is greatly missed by all who loved him and will live on as they cherish great memories of him. Please continue to send your prayers as they mourn the loss of Dennis. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to a GoFundMe account to cover funeral expenses. You can donate at https://gofund.me/f9e820a5. Any additional funds donated will be given to the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation.
I really miss you dad.
Echo Wofford Oct 20 2021 10:50 AM
I will always love you dad. You have helped in shaping my life into what it is today.
Matthew Wofford Sep 28 2021 4:15 PM
. I\'m so sad you are gone but relieved that you are not suffering with pain. You\'ve never earned the father of the year award but your sure were there in my life a couple different times when I really needed it. I love you dad always And will be awesome to see you on the other side.
Matthew Wofford Sep 28 2021 10:11 AM
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