Penland Historical Society, Inc.
April - June 2020
( 405 people have visited in April & May)
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Dear Family Members -- I have thoroughly enjoyed my association with the Society as President for more than the past 10 years, however it is time for someone else to assume that role. Within weeks I will have reached the age of 84 - an age that many might characterize as 'elderly,' with any possible additional years as "living on borrowed time"! I have tried to find a replacement for myself without any positive result. I plan to continue updating this web site as long as I'm able, but frankly, if a replacement is not found, this web site will disappear shortly after I do! Ideally, we need someone who cares about family history and is willing to spend some time providing that information to the many who are searching. It really does not take that much time! So, if you have an interest in helping to keep the information on this site available to all, and are willing to spend a reasonable amount of time and effort to do it - please contact me at
< firstname.lastname@example.org > to discuss it. Thank you - Charles Penland
NOTE - without a replacement, the Society as an organization will become inactive, so I have not solicited the usual $10 annual membership fee for 2020. I will accept donations - that can extend the availability of the web site until all funds are depleted.
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Charles "Ronny" Penland (1945 - 2020)
Mr. Charles "Ronny" Penland, 74, husband of Teresa Henderson Penland, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Mr. Penland was born August 26, 1945 in Laurens, a son of the late Charlie Penland and Lura Prather Penland. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina where he received a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degrees and had attended Limestone College. Mr. Penland was retired from Duke Energy at the Catawba Nuclear Station. He was a veteran of the United States Navy having served from 1963 - 1966. He was a charter member of New Life Baptist Church where he was a former Deacon and served on several church committees. Surviving in addition to his wife are three brothers, Ryan Penland of Simpsonville, David Penland and wife Anne of Hickory, NC, and Glenn Penland of Simpsonville; a brother-in-law, Mike Henderson of Union; a sister-in-law, Pam Elliot and husband Stanley of Union; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Mary Ball Prather, who was an important influence in his life.
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Martha Jewell Maddox Penland Reed (1941 - 2020)
Martha Jewell Maddox Penland Reed left the earth the morning of March 22, 2020 to be with our Lord and Savior. She was born February 28, 1941 and was preceded in death by her first husband and father of their children, Marcus Penland Sr. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Harvey & Birdie Maddox, daughter, Rhoda Gail Penland, and great grandson, Michael Allen Hall Jr. Martha was truly a woman of God with a dedication to the Christian life. She was a member of Trinity Church for 45 years. She was the church secretary for 30 years. Among her many talents was singing, praising God in song at every opportunity. She had a zest for life and a love for travel but most of all she had a deep motherly love for all of her family. Those who knew her remember that laugh that rang with joy! Martha is survived by her devoted, loving husband of 18 years, Frank Reed, brother Richard Maddox, sister, Elaine Bessette and husband Jerry, daughters, Janet Penland Gaines, Carla Penland Hobson and husband Tim, son, Mark Penland and wife Tanna, step-sons, Logan Reed, Morgan Reed and wife Sandrine, Clay Reed and wife Sherri, step-daughter, Tracey Reed, grandchildren, Jimmy Gaines and wife Jennifer, Amanda Gaines Stanley and husband Tan, Michelle Gaines, Allen Hall and wife Teara, Bradley Hobson, Brandon Bosier and wife Aubrey, Trey Penland, Ty Penland, Taylor Burris, Payton Thomas, Landon Thomas, Emilee Thomas, Tiffany Maxwell and husband Wayne, Lyndsay Ward, Samantha Reed, Jake Reed and wife Jill, Emmitt Reed, Katie Reed Huff and husband Taylor, and 15 great grandchildren.
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Angela Penland Burton (1966 - 2020)
Angela Penland Burton, 53, of Gastonia, NC, passed away Friday, April 3, 2020. She was born September 12, 1966 in Ashville, NC. Angela loved her dogs and enjoying spending time at the lake. She loved and adored her family and will be greatly missed. Angela enjoyed traveling. She is survived by her father Richard Carlton Penland, Sr. and fiancee Vickie Jenkins of Clover, SC; her mother Barbara Padgett Penland of Gastonia, NC; her husband of 27 years, Steve Burton, brother Richard "Ricky" Penland, Jr. and wife Teresa of Clover, SC, sister-in-law Shelley Earnhardt; brother-in-law Tom Burton, Jr.; nephews Max Penland and wife Alicia, and Justin Penland; great niece Emmie Penland; great nephews Harvey and Oakley Penland, and several other nieces and nephews.
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Thomas John Pentland (1936 - 2020)
On April 8, 2020 Thomas John Pentland of Ohio Township was called home to his Lord and Savior at the age of 83. Born on Neville Island on June 8 1936, he was the son of the late Lillian and Thomas Pentland. Thomas attended Neville High School where his greatest love was sports and he was known by classmates and teammates as 'Boots.' Upon graduation, he proudly served our country in the Army. Thomas worked as a welder at National Galvanizing for many years before entering his second career; helping to raise his beloved grandchildren. Thomas cherished time with his family above all and was known for his sense of humor and kind heart. In his retirement, he enjoyed time in the sun and devoting himself to his beloved wife Marilyn Pentland who preceded him in death in 2016. Thomas was a loving father to Terri Pentland, Thomas Pentland (Michele "Shelly"), and Dana Pentland. He was a beloved grandfather to Shane Pentland and Lauren Pentland. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Marlene and James.
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Richard Aaron Penland c (1935 - 2020)
Richard Aaron Penland, of Little Elm, passed away early Sunday afternoon, April 26, 2020. He was born on July 20, 1935 near Altus, Oklahoma. He was the 4th of seven children in the family of Richard and Vera (Crossman) Penland. As a child he worked with his parents and siblings in the cotton fields and attended school in Headrick, Oklahoma. At age 16 he was hired to drive a school bus, and he even painted it. When the family moved to Dallas, he continued to work hard and he graduated from Pleasant Grove High School. As a teenager, Richard loved Hot Rod racing and he bought, built and re-built cars for himself and helped pit crews at the "old" Devil's Bowl Speedway in Dallas. While serving in the U. S. Army, he married Brenda Frazier on May 3, 1958. He served in the Army from 1958 to 1960 and in the reserves until 1964. He worked for the John E. Mitchell Company, he became a Dallas Police Officer, a Warehouse Manager and he retired as a Security Officer at the Baylor University Medical Center. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers: O. L. "Loyd" Penland, Dennis Penland, Larry Penland, and Shannon "Gayle" Penland, his sister, Trudy Cochran, and a son, Daniel Richard Penland. Richard is survived by his wife, Brenda (Frazier) Penland, brother Kenneth Penland, son Jason Penland and his wife, Stacy (Starr) Penland and their children, Branden, Camden, Jacy, Sadie and Seth Penland, loving sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Richard was buried in the Laurel Oaks Cemetery in Mesquite, Texas.
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Angela May Penland (1962 - 2020)
Osborn, MO.....Angela May (Sheffler) Penland, 57, of Osborn, passed away March March 21, 2020. She was born on November 19, 1962, in St. Joseph, to Ray and May (Hahn) Sheffler. She was preceded in death by her mother. Survivors include her husband, Timothy Penland of the home, three daughters: Sonya (Patrick) Fisher of Liberty, Missouri, Erin (Josh) Shaw of Peculiar, Missouri, and Beth (Chris) Padgett of Cameron, Missouri; father, Ray Sheffler of St. Joseph; grandchildren: Colton, Meghan, Payton, Ethan, Sophia, Thatcher, Lelouch, Raiden and Killian; one great-grandchild, Carrington; brother, Tom (Sue) Sheffler of Bella Vista, Arkansas, and many nieces and nephews.
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Joanna (Neal) Penland (1935 - 2002)
Clyde.....Joanna Neal Penland, 84, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020 at Memorial Mission Campus. Joanna was a native of Haywood County and a daughter of the late Walter and Blanche Hall Neal. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Penland, a daughter, Debbie Swanger Deal; and a sister, Helen Neal Freeman. Joanna was a member of West Canton Baptist Church. She is survived by a daughter, Amy Swanger Wilde and husband, George, of Staley, North Carolina; one stepdaughter, Kara Penland; three sons, Buz Swanger and wife, Freda and Darrell Swanger and wife Dani, all of Canton, and Greg Swanger and wife, Melinda, of San Antonio, Texas; two step-sons, Stephen Kelly Penland and wife Dawn, and Andrew Penland; two sisters, Edith Ray and Judy VanNewhouse of Lake Jackson, Texas; 9 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren.
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Emma Ivory Penland Parham (1926 - 2020)
Leicester...... Emma Ivory Penland Parham, 93, went to be with our Lord on Thursday, May 28, 2020. A Yancey County native and longtime resident of Buncombe County, Emma was born on December 26, 1926, to the late Reggie and Lila Shepherd Penland. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Morris Clinton Parham; her daughter, Carolyn Rathburn Baldwin; her daughter-in-law, Sue Parham; and several brothers and sisters. Her greatest priorities in life were family and church. She is survived by her son, Calvin Parham; sister, Marjorie Robinson, of Black Mountain; son-in-law, Charles Baldwin; granddaughter, Janet and Reverend Andy McDevitt; great granddaughter Lindsey and Reverend Daniel Sprinkle; great grandson, Joshua McDivett; and great great grandson, Auburn Sprinkler. Emma was a devout Christian and homemaker. She was a talented craft person, designing and making quilts, afghans, pillows and wall hangings for her family and friends.
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David Charles Pendland, Sr. (1948 - 2020)
David Charles Pendland Sr., 71, of Bethel, Ohio, passed away on May 31, 2020. H/e was born on April 28, 1948 to the late Delbert and Eleanor (Straughan) Penland, in Cincinatti, Ohio. David served his country in the Vietnam War in the United States Army. He enjoyed keeping to himself, being outdoors and fishing. He enjoyed bingo, penny poker, puzzles and word finds. His loved ones will celebrate his life for many reasons and by his favorite phrase, "Got some change?" He is preceded in death by his brothers, Delbert Jr., Freddy and Johnny Pendland. Survivors include his loving wife Joan Pendland, his children: Michelle (Dennis) Reeves, Angel (William Scott McKenzi) Presnell, David (Jennifer) Pendland Jr. and Tabitha (John) Watkins. Grandchildren: Courtnie, Kayla, Chanel, Kelsie, Dennis Jr., Brandon, Tyler, Jewel and Kenzi; Great-grandchildren: Korrianne, Kodi, Aiden, Kasey, Brandon, Kaylena, Cali, Paisley and Waylon. Nieces and Nephews: Handly, Shelly, Johnny, Mike, William, Tonya, Josh, Samantha, Brianna, Chelsa, Camron and Mandi; and brother William Pendland.