Dennis Channell was born on January 2 1959, in Arkadelphia, the son of Eugine and Helen McClenahan Channell.
He served his community volunteering as a captain with the Poyen Fire Department for over 20 years. Dennis was a second generation fireman who enjoyed training younger firefighters and passing along the experiences he had.
Dennis was employed as a supervisor at Allen Gate Panel. He served on the community park board, where he organized the community 4th of July event for many years. He was a member of Moose Lodge #2365 and was one of the founders of the Oak Tree Club. Over the years, he coached youth baseball. He enjoyed going to auctions, collecting coins, and was an avid gardener.
He collapsed shortly after responding to an EMS call and died in the line of duty on February 10, 2014.
Dennis is survived by his son, Brody Channell, who is a full-time firefighter; his daughter-in-law, Courtney Channell; and two grandchildren, Collin James and Kylee Aaron Channell. He was a devoted father and papaw. He is also survived by his brother, David Channell; sisters, Ann Crouse, Geanie Channell, and Penny (Rick) Ashley; close family friends, Stella Channell and Doyle Lishbrook; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Michael Channell, and his brother-in-law, John Wesley Crouse.