Services to honor, remember and celebrate the life of Leroy Denton will be 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service.
He will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery following the funeral ceremony. The Denton family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the funeral home.
Leroy was born June 6, 1939 in Claremore, the son of Roy D. and Faye (Trislar) Denton.
He was raised by his father and grandmother following the passing of his mother when he was only five years of age.
Leroy grew up in the country with very humble beginnings. His grandmother was a devout Pentecostal woman that was very influential to him.
The Denton family would always get together on Sundays for dinner and live music, which always helped make the difficult times seem brighter.
Leroy credited his upbringing for becoming the great man we all knew him to be.
In Leroy's early years, he rode bulls and was a rodeo clown with his brother, Cotton. Leroy was married to Dorothy Sumter-Norfleet for twenty-two years.
A favorite pastime of Leroy's was attending the Horse Creek Rendezvous where he spent many nights around the campfire, trading guns and knives, and telling tall tales with friends he considered to be the best of company.
Leroy had many jobs including being a ranch hand and truck driving, but most of Leroy's career was spent working in various departments at the City of Claremore. He retired from Claremore Water Department. Leroy was excellent at making friends and he loved seeing new places and meeting new people. Leroy particularly loved children and the elderly. He was known to be a humble, kind, and respectful gentleman, which he credited to his raising. Leroy supported all of his children's sporting activities and hardly ever missed a game. When his son Jeremy began bull riding, Leroy became very involved with the rodeo circuit, supporting his son in every way possible.
The restoration of classic cars and attending car shows became a passion of Leroy's later in life. He and his buddy, Shorty Dunlap, completely remodeled a 1957 Chevy together.
Leroy passed away at home early Wednesday morning, Nov. 23, 2016 in Rogers County. He was 77 years old. Leroy was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
Surviving family members of Leroy include his children: Jeremy Denton and wife Debra, Donny Denton, stepson Mitch Norfleet and wife Linda, and stepdaughter Mary Pat Bowman and husband Rick; eleven grandchildren; two nieces, one nephew, and numerous cousins, extended family, and many friends.
Friends may share memories of Leroy at www.ricefuneralservice.com.
Published on November 26, 2016