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Dennis Alvin Totty

October 26, 1947 - February 25, 2020

SCOTLAND NECK, NC – Dennis Alvin Totty, age 72, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 surrounded by his family.

Dennis was born to Lelia Cooper and William Alvin Totty in Petersburg, VA on October 26, 1947. The oldest of four children, Dennis graduated in 1966 from Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, VA. He loved horses, his ’67 baby blue Corvette Stingray, and building things with his hands. He served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era. Dennis retired from his job in Code Enforcement and Animal Control for the town of Scotland Neck, NC to pursue his lifelong dream of farming. He married Mary Jo, his best friend of 25 years, in 2011. His greatest joy in life was his family including his grandparents and many special aunts and uncles. He was a loving father and grandfather to six children and twelve grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Mary Jo Temple and their four year old daughter Josey, the “light of his life” and one of his biggest motivators, son Terry and his wife Jessica Totty and their children Gabrielle and Jocelyn of Zuni, VA, daughter Heather Totty and her children Brandon and Kaitlyn of Suffolk, VA, son Gregory and his wife Aaron Totty and their children Jacob and Layla, daughter Amber and her husband Patrick Staton and their children Samantha, Zachary, Joseph, Logan, and William, and daughter Sarah and her husband Luis Lopez and their child Mariana.

Dennis leaves behind one sister, Karen Dowdy and her husband Gary of Norfolk, VA and two brothers, Maurice “Tiny” Totty and his wife Carol of Zebulon, NC, and Gregory Totty and his wife Janet of Chesapeake, VA. He will be missed by many cousins, nieces and nephews and countless dear friends.

The family will receive friends Friday evening, February 28, 2020 from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at Letchworch-Sykes Funeral Service, Scotland Neck, NC and other times at the home.

A celebration of life funeral service officiated by Reverend Ricky Sorie and Reverend Matthew Jones will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 11:00 am at Dawson Baptist Church in Enfield, NC. The interment will follow the service at Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery in Scotland Neck, NC. Friends and family are invited to return to the church for a reception following the interment.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Vidant Edgecombe Hospital and Vidant Edgecombe Cancer Center for the dedicated care of Dennis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the MDS Foundation, 4573 South Broad Street, Suite 150, Yardville, NJ 08620 or online by clicking here

Letchworth-Sykes Funeral Service is handling the arrangements for the Totty family and online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, February 28, 2020

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Letchworth-Sykes Funeral Service

101 West 7th Street
Scotland Neck, NC 27874

Service Information

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020

Time: 11:00 am


Dawson Baptist Church

9775 Thirteen Bridges Road
Enfield, NC 27823

Rev. Matt Jones and Rev. Ricky Sorie will be officiating the service.

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020


Trinity Episcopal Cemetery

4764 US-258
Scotland Neck, NC 27874

Immediately following the service at the church.

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