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Dennis B. Mahaffey


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Dennis B. Mahaffey of Lubbock, formerly of Roswell, New Mexico, passed away surrounded by family on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at the age of 88. He was born August 26, 1928 in Braxton, Mississippi to Davis Buford and Nanabel (Caraway) Mahaffey. He worked as an engineer for Southwestern Public Service in Artesia for 17 years and served in the National Guard. In 1957, he formed a partnership and lifelong friendship with Don Bartlett. Together they acquired the A & W Root Beer in Roswell and later the Tastee Freez franchise in New Mexico and West Texas. Their partnership lasted 50 years. Dennis was also a real estate broker and contractor for many years.
Dennis married Betty Haney on December 21, 1950 in Roswell. He was a member of Country Club Road Church of Christ where he was baptized at the age of 72. In 2014, the couple moved to Lubbock to be closer to their children, where he was a member of King’s Ridge Church of Christ.
Dennis is survived by his wife of more than 66 years, Betty; daughters, Denise Pernell and husband Randy of Dougherty and Kathy Dawson of Lubbock; siblings, Joann Stanley of Lubbock and Dee Mahaffey of Braxton; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; twin sons, Dennis and David in 1952; brother, George David Mahaffey; and son-in-law, Gary Dawson in 2013.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Combest Family Funeral Homes. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. (MST) at South Park Cemetery in Roswell, New Mexico.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, 1356 NM 236, Portales, NM 88130; Assurance Home, 1000 E. 18th St., Roswell, NM 88201; or Hospice of Lubbock, 3702 21st Street, Lubbock, TX 79410.
Please celebrate the life of Dennis by visiting combestfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

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