SCOTLAND NECK, NC – Dennis Alvin Totty, age 72, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 surrounded by his family.
Dennis was born to Lelia Cooper and William Alvin Totty in Petersburg, VA on October 26, 1947. The oldest of four children, Dennis graduated in 1966 from Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, VA. He loved horses, his ’67 baby blue Corvette Stingray, and building things with his hands. He served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era. Dennis retired from his job in Code Enforcement and Animal Control for the town of Scotland Neck, NC to pursue his lifelong dream of farming. He married Mary Jo, his best friend of 25 years, in 2011. His greatest joy in life was his family including his grandparents and many special aunts and uncles. He was a loving father and grandfather to six children and twelve grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Mary Jo Temple and their four year old daughter Josey, the “light of his life” and one of his biggest motivators, son Terry and his wife Jessica Totty and their children Gabrielle and Jocelyn of Zuni, VA, daughter Heather Totty and her children Brandon and Kaitlyn of Suffolk, VA, son Gregory and his wife Aaron Totty and their children Jacob and Layla, daughter Amber and her husband Patrick Staton and their children Samantha, Zachary, Joseph, Logan, and William, and daughter Sarah and her husband Luis Lopez and their child Mariana.
Dennis leaves behind one sister, Karen Dowdy and her husband Gary of Norfolk, VA and two brothers, Maurice “Tiny” Totty and his wife Carol of Zebulon, NC, and Gregory Totty and his wife Janet of Chesapeake, VA. He will be missed by many cousins, nieces and nephews and countless dear friends.
The family will receive friends Friday evening, February 28, 2020 from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at Letchworch-Sykes Funeral Service, Scotland Neck, NC and other times at the home.
A celebration of life funeral service officiated by Reverend Ricky Sorie and Reverend Matthew Jones will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 11:00 am at Dawson Baptist Church in Enfield, NC. The interment will follow the service at Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery in Scotland Neck, NC. Friends and family are invited to return to the church for a reception following the interment.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Vidant Edgecombe Hospital and Vidant Edgecombe Cancer Center for the dedicated care of Dennis.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the MDS Foundation, 4573 South Broad Street, Suite 150, Yardville, NJ 08620 or online by clicking here
Letchworth-Sykes Funeral Service is handling the arrangements for the Totty family and online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting letchworthsykesfs.com
We were very saddened to here that Dennis had passed away. We met Dennis after relocating back to Scotland Neck in 2004. He was a caring and good friend. He will certainly be missed by all.
Please accept my sympathy for the loss of Dennis. When our families were close he was such a special brother-in-law and I am so sad to know he is gone. I have so many good memories of him like the train at Christmastime, Terry’s graduation, the times he would stop by just to talk and being a continued friend. We never forgot you Dennis. I hope his family finds comfort in the memories and the love he shared. I am so sorry and pray for peace to each and everyone of you…
May God wrap His arms around Dennis and may God’s peace surround the Totty family. A great man has left this earth!
Greg and Aaron, Jake and Layla, I am so sorry to read about this. Just glad that you made the move to be closer to them even though we hated to see you go. still miss you.
Our hearts break at the thoughts of no longer having Dennis here with us. He fought the good fight, and it was time foe him to hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant, your home is ready”.
Our live and prayers are with you and all of the family.
Dennis has always.been a special person. We will keep him ( and you) in our hearts forever.
God bless! Barbara, Robin, Lisa, Steven and Sue Bonney.
I am so heartbroken for all of you. Dennis was a good man to many and my memories of him will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace.
What a kind, sweet spirit and soul this man was here on earth and I’m sure he continues to be. He fought a long, hard battle and did it with a smile on his face and kept a positive attitude. He will be sorely missed by friends and family but may we all be comforted in the fact that Dennis no longer has any battles to conquer! Prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time for Mary Jo and Josey.
My heart is heavy over the loss of Dennis Totty and I feel the hurt of the family but we can rejoice that Dennis is at home with his Savior Jesus Christ. He loved the Lord first but he also loved his family. He was a great friend and Christian brother. No matter what his health was, he was always concerned about others. He had a heart of gold and now he is walking on those streets of gold in heaven. No more pain!