Dennis Raymond Ollis MARION Mr. Dennis Raymond Ollis, 58, of the Pleasant Gardens community, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at The McDowell Hospital, following a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. Raymond was born in Marion, Sept. 13, 1955, to the late James E. Ollis and Wilma Robinson Ollis, living out his early years in North Cove. His family later moved to East Marion, where he spent the rest of his childhood. He was an active member of Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church and was a 40 year employee with Baxter Healthcare, where he worked in management. His dedication to achieving goals was exemplified in his accomplishment of earning a Bachelor's Degree from Western Carolina University, while working full time at Baxter and also caring for his beloved family. Raymond only loved one woman in life, his faithful wife of 35 years, Janet Owenby Ollis. As they raised their family, Raymond showed his love by being very involved in the lives of his wife and sons. He was also an avid golfer and loved to travel. Surviving, in addition to his loving wife are two sons, Geoffery Scott Ollis and wife, Jennifer, of Marion and Christopher Shaun Ollis of Columbia, S.C.; a brother, Edward Michael Ollis and wife, Marie, of Marion; a sister, Lydia Ollis Grindstaff and husband, Allen, of Bakersville; four grandchildren, Bryson Phillip Love, Ty Kingston Ollis, Peyton Shaun Ollis and Keira Faith Ollis; and eight nieces and nephews. A service in celebration of his life will be held Saturday, May 10, at 4 p.m., at Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jerry Allen and Greg Owenby officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m., prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Flowers are acceptable, however, those wishing to make a memorial contribution in his memory are encouraged to consider Hospice of McDowell County, 575 Airport Rd., Marion, NC 28752. Westmoreland Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. An online register is available, under "obituaries," at www.westmoreland funeralhome.com.
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