Denis Henderson Gully was born in Chicago, IL, on August 20th, 1943. He was the second-eldest child born to Joseph Gully, Sr., and Cleolia Mildred Daniels. At an early age, Denis accepted Christ into his life when he was baptized February 6th, 1955, at West Point Baptist Church in Chicago, IL. In his childhood years, Denis attended Willard Elementary School and Dusable High School, both in Chicago, IL. Denis attended Illinois State University in Bloomington, IL, in pursuit of his Bachelor’s degree, but before completion he was drafted by the United States Army to serve his country. Denis became a 1st Lieutenant and was an outstanding Collateral Safety Officer while stationed in Anchorage, AK. After successfully being honorably discharged in 1969, Denis persued and completed his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from George Williams College.
Always a believer in the importance of a strong educational system, Denis had an impressive teaching career that spanned over 40 years and included Pope Elementary, Harlan High School, and Austin High School. Denis pursued higher grounds and became one of the first teachers at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in 1975. During his tenure at Whitney Young, Denis took it as an honor and a privilege to serve in the capacity as a science and a physical education instructor, a multi-sport coach, Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, and Dean of Students. After his time with the Chicago Public School system, Denis decided to take on a new venture as a school bus driver, an instructor, and Safety Coordinator at both First Student Bus Company and Illinois Central School Bus Company, where he was affectionately called “Poppa D.”
Denis was married to Dorothy Spraggins on August 5th, 1972. Within this union they brought forth a daughter, Doroden Simone Gully, and a son, Denis Christopher Gully. Denis was a great educator and loved teaching. His job was never done, and he did not complain. He always reached for the highest possible achievement, as seen through his passion for bowling when Denis bowled a 300 score game on December 23rd, 2007. Sir Denis will definitely be missed.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy Spraggins-Gully; daughter Doroden Simone Gully; son Denis Christopher Gully; brother Joseph (Clovester) Gully, Jr.; sister Roslynne Gully; granddaughter Dyllan Simone Gully; cousins Byron Gully, Sr., Byron Gully, Jr., Rachel Gully, and Matthew Gully; nephews Marc Gully, Joseph Gully, III, Kelvin Gully, Brian Gully, and Samuel Gully; the Spraggins Family; godson Jaylin Winsley; and a host of honorable friends.