Obituary of Dennis Jerome Detiege
Dennis Jerome Detiege, 77, passed away on May 31st, 2023, peacefully under the care of Houston Hospice.
Dennis was born on August 22, 1945, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dennis started playing golf at a young age and excelled from the start. After graduating from St. Augustine High School, he went on to study Biology on a golf scholarship at Dillard University in New Orleans. He was a standout golfer becoming the first African American to earn NAIA All-American honors. He captured All-American honors in his freshman and sophomore years as well. After graduating with a degree in Biology from Dillard University, he joined the Air Force as a combat medic, kickstarting a 21-year career in the military. He continued to play competitive golf throughout his career. Dennis set a course record of 65 at the Pontchartrain Golf Course, later renamed the Joseph M. Bartholomew Municipal Golf Course in New Orleans. He played on an all-African American golf professional tour in 1968 and 1969 with pro-golfers Calvin Peete, Pete Brown, and Charlie Sifford. Dennis was recently inducted into Dillard University’s Sports Hall of Fame for golf. In his spare time, Dennis loved watching golf on television, telling jokes, and spending time with his friends and caretakers at Oasis of Pearland. During his lifetime, his golf skills were shared with many people via lessons, especially with his grandson, Larry. Dennis will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents Jerome and Rosemary Detiege. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters Tracey Detiege Morrow (Larry Jr), and Rochelle Detiege Allen (Kondwani), sisters Iris Davis (Warren), Brenda Romain (Michael), Dr. Wanda Detiege-Lee; grandchildren Larry Morrow, III (Brittany), Alexis Morrow, Morgan Morrow, Kameron Allen, Kaleb Allen, Jasmin Popillion; great-grandson Leslie Gabriel Morrow, and a host of many nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
Services for Dennis will be held on Wednesday, June 14th, at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 West Broadway, Pearland, Texas. The family will receive guests from 10:00 – 11:00 am, and the memorial service will follow at 11:00 am. Interment will be held at the Houston National Cemetery, in Houston, Texas, at 1:15 pm, gate time.
In Loving Memory
1945 - 2023
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