Bobby Denton remembered for charitable acts

Bobby Denton will be remembered for more than just his announcing skills. He will also be remembered for his charitable acts.

Denton did much of that work behind the scenes during his time as general manger for WIVK.

John D. Lee served as the president of the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley. He said it was Denton who helped organize, and heavily promote, that club's radically successful fundraiser, the Duck Race.

"He believed in the Boys and Girls Club or else he would not have supported the event itself," he said.

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Denton helped children in other ways too.

For years, he emceed the Bruce Atkins Invitational Golf Tournament for the Great Smoky Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America. He was also on the group's steering committee.

"He always had a smile on his face and always had a joke to tell that made you laugh for hours later," said Cindy Hiatt of the GSMC. "He always had time for you no matter what the situation."

Linda Workman also worked with Denton as the co-chair of Dogwood Arts Festival in 1996.

She said Denton was "marvelous" at fundraising.

"The impact of his voice in meetings, events, everything, he was like a magnet," she said.

Denton will continue giving long after his death too. Family and friends announced Wednesday they are creating a scholarship fund in his name that will benefit students at UT's College of Communication and Information.


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