Nathan Junious Denning, 84


Nathan Junious Denning died peacefully in his sleep at home on Jan. 16, 2022. He was 84. He was born on Oct. 30, 1937, in Sampson County, North Carolina, to the late George Calhoun Denning and the late Flora Fields Denning. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 58 years, Harriett Abbott Denning. He was also predeceased by his sisters, Edna Denning, Hilda Edwards and Lola Denning, all of Dunn; brother-in-law, Larry Randall Abbott of Danville, Virginia; niece, Blake Tyler Abbott of Wilmington, North Carolina; and his beloved loyal pet companion, Honey.

He is survived by son, Robert Nathan Denning; daughter, Annette Denning Willis (Tony), both of Danville, Virginia; grandson, Coleman James Willis of Austin, Texas; niece, Dale Webb Coats (Wayne) and their daughter, Ashley of Dunn; family member, Karen Jones Abbott of Danville, Virginia; nephew, Cameron Grayson Abbott (Wendy) and children, Madison and Grayson of Bristow, Virginia; and brother-in-law, Ed Edwards of Benson.

Nathan was a general contractor, developer and owner of Abbott Construction Company Incorporated. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed gardening. Nathan was a devoted family man. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was deeply devoted to his family.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully suggests donations be made to the charity of your choice.

Townes Funeral Home, 215 W. Main St., Danville, Virginia, is serving the Denning family. Please sign the guestbook at


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