Dennis Gene Maynard
September 25, 1961
January 9, 2020
Dennis Gene Maynard, 58, passed away on January 9, 2020.
Dennis was born on September 25, 1961, to parents Gene Sylvester Maynard and Mary Jo “Cookie” (Maynard) Barnett. Being raised in Brenham with his parents and sisters, Karen and Sheri (and many years later by brother, James) he attended the schools in Brenham where he played football, basketball, and baseball. His amazing ability in baseball would shine through each year as he was chosen to play on the WC All-Stars. He was an outstanding athlete, and loved sports – playing, watching, and later coaching. In 8th grade, Dennis received the American Legion Award for courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship, and service voted on by classmates in 7th and 8th grade. He was so proud of this award.
For many years Dennis owned and operated Maynard Construction, a successful local business. He was a talented carpenter, creating beautiful custom pieces. Some of his handiwork can be seen all though the Cornerstone Building at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, as he was involved in the renovations some years back.
Dennis’ faith was very important to his life. He was a faithful Catholic and he loved St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was generous with his time and talent: singing in the 10:30 choir, serving as an usher, and for several years proudly serving in the role of Jesus Christ in the church’s “Passion” play each Easter season.
Most of all, Dennis was a loving and dedicated family man. He enjoyed spending time with his children, and later, his grandchildren. When the children were young, he coached their baseball and soccer teams and never missed a game. Dennis and his Mom were inseparable, as you would often see them at different restaurants for breakfast or lunch, or even outside working in the yard together.
Dennis loved animals and nature, especially his pets Bella, Meow, and Lucy. He and close friend Jerry enjoyed many days on the river fishing and waterskiing. Because of his good sense of humor, it wasn’t unusual for him to start tap dancing or break dancing to get a laugh out of his family and friends. Dennis also loved all kinds of music, especially country music, and was a huge fan of the Houston Texans and the Astros.
Survived by his mother, Mary Jo “Cookie” Barnett and husband Don; sisters, Karen (Robert)Winkler and Sheri (Billy) Rich; brother, James; children, Christopher Gene, Lindsie, Jamie, Shalynn (Will), Dustin, Dennis “Bubba”, Christopher Allen, and Monica “Mooke”; he was called “Paw Paw Lucy” by grandchildren, Camdyn, Tatum, Ramsey, Brooklyn, Alisia, Ezekiel “Zeke”, Nicholas “Nick”, and Makenna; numerous nieces and nephews; and longtime best friend Jerry Novosad.
Dennis is preceded in death by his Dad, Gene; and his grandparents Stanley and Clara “Busha” Baranowski, and Perry and Dora Maynard.
Serving as pallbearers will be: Don Barnett, Robert Winkler, Billy Rich, Bradley Rich, Zach Brittain, Will Cockroft, Kenneth “Tiger” Baranowski, and Jerry Novosad, as well as his grandsons, Camdyn and Tatum.
Honorary Pallbearer will be Randy Reets.
If you’d like to make a donation in memory of Dennis, please consider a contribution to Breast Cancer Awareness in honor of family members who suffer from this horrible disease.
Visitation with the family will be at Brenham Memorial Chapel, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.; rosary will be led by the Knights of Columbus at 7:00 pm followed by an opportunity to share special memories. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. After the service, please join the family for food and fellowship at St. Mary’s Parish Activity Center.
Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.