Reverend Paul Dennis, 86, of Springdale, passed away Friday, April 9, 2021, in Fayetteville.  
He was born July 9, 1934, in Hazel Valley, Ark., to Luther Martin and Josie Nickell Dennis.
He married Patsy West, Jan. 1, 1953, and to this union four children were born.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patsy; two daughters, Paula and Elaine Dennis; and 10 brothers and sisters.
Paul was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during the Korean War. He served as pastor at Sang Avenue Baptist Church for 26 ½ years. He also served as chaplain for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. In addition, he served as chaplain at the hospital providing comfort and care of those in need. His son-in-law was the first person he baptized in the White River near Durham.  
Paul is survived by two children, Gail Pianalto and husband, Virgil, and Von Dennis and wife, Laura, of Garfield; a sister, Donna Jo Reed of Fayetteville; five grandchildren, Michael Pianalto, Katie Binko, Paula Gisler, Kelly Laws and Jon Pianalto; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at the Nickell Community Church with Pastor Jasper Hankins officiating.  
Interment followed in the Nickell Cemetery with military honors.