Dennis John Alsup was born August 3, 1952 and passed to eternal life with his Heavenly Father on Friday, September 24, 2021 following a brief battle with cancer. Born the first of a set of twins to Robert and Amelia English Alsup at Lee General Hospital in Pennington Gap, Dennis was blessed with an independent, outgoing, and adventurous spirit. He excelled academically as a student at Pennington Elementary and learned much about teamwork and playing football at Pennington High School, where he graduated in 1970. Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served on the aircraft carrier, the USS Forrestal, from September 1971 until September 1975.
Dennis returned to Lee County following his military service to raise a family and continue the tradition of working the coal mines; a tradition set by his father and grandfather before him. He worked at the Derby Mine for Westmoreland Coal Company while completing his associate degree in mining. He graduated from MECC in 1983 with his degree and certification as an electrician. During his years with Westmoreland he was active in his union, the United Mine Workers of America, as an organizer and member of the Safety Committee. He worked as an electrician for Drummond Coal Company in Jasper, Alabama from 1995 until his retirement in 2017. As director of the Pennington Gap Teen Center during the 1970s, Dennis enjoyed working with young people, providing them with a drug and alcohol-free place to socialize and be with friends. He coached Little League Baseball while his sons were playing during the 1980s.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Amelia English Alsup; his infant sister, Maria Alsup of London, England; his sister, Julia Catherine Alsup of Pennington Gap; his brother, Alan Albert English of London, England; and his nephew, Robert Alsup III of Somerset, Kentucky.
He is survived by his wife of forty-one years, Lois Jean Williams Alsup of the home; son John Jason Alsup, daughter-in-law Linda, and grandsons Timothy and Aaron of Pennington Gap; daughter Catherine Alsup Hosinski, husband John Hosinski and children Jordan Clay Eagle and Mallory Brooke Eagle of Salisbury, North Carolina; son Dennis John Alsup II of Pennington Gap; son Matthew David Alsup and partner, Denise Cooper, and Matthew’s son Matthew Luke Alsup of Pennington Gap; brother, Robert Alsup, Jr. and wife Dorothy Welsh Alsup of Somerset, Kentucky; twin sister, Linda Kay Alsup of Pennington Gap, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Mass of the Resurrection will be offered by Father Eric Baffour Asamoah at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 384 Eagle Ridge Drive, Jonesville, Virginia, at 12 noon on Monday, September 27, 2021. Mass will be preceded by visitation from 11 until 12. Burial will follow at Lee Memorial Gardens in Woodway, VA.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in memory of Dennis to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org. Province Funeral Home of Pennington Gap is in charge of arrangements.