Ride in Peace: Dixie Distributing's Harry Case Denune

Publish Date: 
Apr 17, 2013

LAKE CITY, Fla. - Funeral services are scheduled Friday for Harry Case Denune, who owned and operated Dixie Distributing Co. for more than 60 years. Denune passed away April 16 at the VA Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 90.

Denune, a resident of Lake City, graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in accounting and then served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. In addition to his work at Dixie, Denune also was a tree farmer, according to Kevin Burke, a spokesperson for Dixie International.

Denune is survived by his wife of 18 years, Audrey S. Bullard; his brother, John Denune (Georgia) of Granville, Ohio; and a sister, Margaret Jeffers of Worthington, Ohio. He is also survived by a daughter, Annesa Denune of St. Augustine, Fla.; three stepchildren, Chris A. Bullard (Tammy) and Elizabeth Bullard (Frank) of Lake City and Marilee Birchfield of Grove City, Ohio; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Finally, he is survived by "long-time friend and loyal employee Helen Coil," according to the obituary announcement.

Visitation services will be held at 1 p.m. April 19 with the funeral to follow at 2 p.m. at First Advent Christian Church in Lake City. The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Inc., P.O. Box 2000, Boys Ranch, Fla. 32064. 

More information can be obtained by contacting Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Lake City.

Dixie International Co. is based in Columbus, Ohio.