PHS  News  1 April  -  30 June 2011


Clay County Progress, May 6, 2011  {NC}.........   On May 6, Alma Penland became 100 years of age.   Alma is a resident of the Clay County Care Center.   She and two other residents were honored with a party on April 21 for reaching  the age of 100 during 2011.   On hand to mark the occasion were members of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce who presented blankets embroidered with the name and birthdate of each centenarian.   Sandy Zimmerman, representing Congressman Heath Shuler's office presented each resident with a birthday card and Congressional decree.   Clay County Sheriff Vic Davis also attended with Clerk of  Court Tim Barrett. 

                                       Congratulations &  Happy Birthday  Alma !

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       Hazel Penland Burrell, 85 Passes Away

Candler, NC, May 6, 2911 ...........  Hazel Penland Burrell, 85 died Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at Pisgah Manor Rehab Center.   A native of Asheville, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Maude Holcombe Penland.   She was the wife of the late Clarence R. Burrell, they had been married for 61 years.   Hazel graduated from Sand Hill School and had retired after 31 years from American Enka, also working in the Naval Yard in Maryland during the war.   In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her three brothers, Paul, Grover and Dick Penland and three sisters, Mary and Luna Penland and Josie Murray.   Surviving are her children, Ronnetta B. Trantham and husband, James of Asheville;   Clarence Ray Burrell Jr. and wife, Martha, of Mars Hill;  Jeanette B. Flowers and husband Charlie, of Simpsonville, SC  and Brenda B. Case and husband, Henry of Candler;  grandchildren, Ray and Chad Trantham, Brent and JR  Case, Wendy Parker and Ray Burrell, III;  12 great-grandchildren and five step grandchildren.  Hazel loved her fanily, going to yard sales, feeding the birds and raising flowers and vegetables.   She will be missed.    A graveside service was held on Saturday, May 7 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Candler.

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Kirksey, S.C.  ............ Mildred Elizabeth Penland Norris,  age 80, of 8103 Highway
25 South, wife of Rayford "Sam" Norris, died Sunday, April 3, 2011.  Born in Asheville, N.C. she was a daughter of the late Charles Crawford and Mamie Turner
Penland, and was preceded in death by two sisters, Katherine Baumgardner &
Barbara Penland, and a half brother James Penland.   She was employed by Sears in Asheville befure moving to Greenwood in the 1970s.  Surviving are her husband of the home, three sons, Phillip Cannon of Charlotte, N.C., Dr. Ronald Cannon of Asheville, N.C. and Allen Marshbanks of Weaversville, N.C.; a special niece, Karen Carter of Asheville, N.C.; four granddaughters; four great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.  The service was held at the Harley Funeral Chapel with burial in Greenwood Memorial Gardens.  Memorials may be made to South
Main Street Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1093, Greenwood, S.C. 29648.
                   { Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on April 6, 2011 }
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Leicester.........   Claudia B. Penland, 95, of Brookshire Rd., died Monday, June 6, 2011.  Claudia was born January 18, 1916, in Greenville, S. C.  and was a resident of Buncombe County for most of her life.   She spent her life caring for family, her grandchildren, and adopted pets she took in.  She was the daughter of the late James and Daisy Coleman Chandler.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, James Virgil Penland who died in 1994; sons, Jerry David Penland and Danny Eugene Penland, and her sister, Lucille Bayless.
Surviving are her children, Billie J. Penland, Robert Lloyd Penland and wife Linda,
Pamela P. Harrington and husband Bob, Thomas Penland and wife Sherry, all of Leicester, and James H. Penland and wife Mimi of California; Sister, Mary Jane
Justice of Knoxville, Tennessee; Grandchildren, Sherri Lynn Snelson, Michael D. Snelson, Stephanie Penland, Jim, Jay, Bryan, and Kelly Penland, Trish Tooley, and John Collins; numerous great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.  A private graveside service was held in West Memorial Park.  Memorial contributions may be made to:  Asheville Humane Society, 12 Forever Friend Ln., Asheville,
NC  28806.   Condolences may be offered to the family under Mrs Penland's obituary at
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Robert Penland Hyams
Edina, MN -- Mr. Hyams, age 85 of Edina, passed away June 10, 2011.  He was preceded in death by father Robert H. Hyams and mother Claudia S. Hyams.  He is survived by wife Evelyn Silver Hyams, children, Susan Smegal (Michael), Robert (Amelie), and Ann Teynor (Terry); grandchildren, Julia amd Maria Smegal, Alena and Aaron Hyams, Elizabeth and Laura Teynor.   Memorials preferred to N.C. Little Hospice, Inc. or the American Cancer Society.   Memorial service at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 5730 Grove Street, Edina, MN  55436 on Thursday, June 16, 2011.  Visitation at 9:00 a.m. with service to follow at 9:30 a.m. Interment at Fort Snelling Cemetery.
        (Published in Charlotte Observer on June 14, 2011)

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A Bit of History
   The following is an excerpt from the book, "Galloway and the Covenanters or the Struggle for Religious Liberty in the South-West of Scotland" by Alexander S. Morton (published in 1914).  ..............................Regarding the result of the "Pentland
Uprising"  (or "Battle of Rullion Green" ) in Scotland in 1666:
                     "John Maxwell of Monreith, when he saw that the day was
                            irretrievably lost, fled from the field on a good grey horse,
                            never halting till he reached his distant home in Galloway. 
                            He could not remain here, of course, and bidding his family
                            a sorrowful good-bye, he went forth a wanderer upon the world.
                           The horse to whose fleetness he owed his life was turned into
                           a field at Monreith still known as "Pentland," and as a reward
                           for having saved its master's  life it was never put to work again.
                          The proverb, "As good as Pentland,"  is current in the district to this day."