Francis Joseph “Frank” Dennis

Francis Joseph “Frank” Dennis, 88, husband of Patricia Ann Dennis of Simpsonville, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Born in Philadelphia on March 20, 1929, he was the son of the late Michael Francis Dennis and the late Marie Catherine Haenni Dennis.

Frank graduated from Drexel University with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering. He moved to South Carolina in 1965 and retired as president from Para-Chem Southern, Inc. Frank was active in his church and community, which included roles as President of St. Mary’s Home and School Association, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Monsignor Andrew Gwynn Council 1668, President of the Greenville Speech, Hearing, and Learning Center, Co-Chairman of the Greenville County Bicentennial Committee, President of the Greenville Sertoma Club, Board Member of St. Francis Hospital, Chairman of the Greenville Technical College Brashier Campus Advisory Board, and a Board Member and Life Member of the Adhesive and Sealant Council. Frank was also a founding member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church.

In addition to his wife of 26 years, Mr. Dennis is survived by four children, Dorothy Jean Priddy (Thomas), Patricia Lynn Zabel (Thomas), Stephen Edward Dennis (Karen), and Donna Marie Swanger; two step children, Natalie Campbell Burns (Richard) and William Joel Campbell (Jennifer); eight grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Dennis was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Elizabeth Ryan Dennis, and a brother, Thomas Dennis.

A Requiem Mass will be held at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 10:00 AM. The family will receive friends following the Mass. Mr. Dennis will be laid to rest in a private service for the family.

Memorials may be made to the St. Francis Foundation, 1 St. Francis Drive, Greenville, SC 29601.

Condolences to the family of Francis Joseph “Frank” Dennis

  • Betty Smith
    6 years ago

    The times I was around Frank he was such a polite gentleman. I am sure all of his family have fond memories of him. As a husband, Father and Grandfather.

    I pray for comfort for your grieving hearts and a peace for you.

    Betty Smith

  • Jamie Ray Davault
    6 years ago

    Patty, I pray for the eternal rest of your husband, Frank. May the Lord bless you and keep you as you begin this new journey. My prayers and tears are with you, friend.
    Jamie Ray Davault

  • Barbara Gilstrap
    6 years ago

    Patty I am so sorry for your loss. He was an amazing man. I enjoyed all the years that I worked with him. You and the family are in my prayers

  • Susan Spongberg
    6 years ago

    I love you Patty

  • John Rainey
    6 years ago


    We are so sorry for you loss. One of the great pleasures of our life has been knowing both you and Frank for more than twenty-six years. Frank was always the nicest gentleman. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to either Sheila or myself.

    John Rainey

  • Susan Thibodeau
    6 years ago

    Dear Dennis Family: My deepest sympathy for the family and friends of Francis. We will never get used to losing our loved ones in death because as Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, we were created with everlasting life in view. But may you find comfort in knowing that Almighty God has promised that soon he will swallow up death forever along with the pain that it brings. (Isaiah 25:8) God has also promised that he will return “Frank” to you as it says at John 5:28,29. You can also learn more about what happens when a loved one dies at

  • Joan & Bob Ashworth
    6 years ago

    We were so close to Frank & Dottie when they lived in the old neighborhood where their children were raised. To Dottie, Pattie , Donna & Steve we extend to you our deepest sympathy. I know you kids were all very proud of your Dad. And to Patty, may comfort & love surround you as you adjust to life without your beloved Frank.

  • Gail Hediger
    6 years ago

    We are so sorry to hear about Franks passing. We always enjoyed his happy friendly face as a Prince of Peace usher our condolences to his children and to his wife Patty.
    Gail and Gary Hediger

  • Carol Romansky
    6 years ago

    Dear Patty, Dottie Jean, Pattie, Steven and Donna,
    I was so saddened to hear of the passing of my Uncle Frank. I will always remember him as being such a gentlemen as well as my favorite uncle.

    Even though I can’t be there with you, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. May your warm and fondest memories help to bring you peace.

    Carol Anne

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