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July - September 2018
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Theodore Augustus Penland ((23 Jan 1849 - 13 Sep 1950)
September marked the 68th anniversary of the death of Theodore Augustus Penland, a remarkable member of the Penland family! He lived to be 101 years of age and was probably best known as the last Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic.
When Theodore died there were only eight other surviving Union veterans. His father John Penland, a Union soldier, died as a result of wounds receiverd in the Battle of Stone's River. Theodore, at age 16 lied about his age and enlisted in the Union Army. He enlisted in Company A, 152nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry at Goshen, Indiana and mustered out of service August 2, 1865 at Charlestown, West Virginia. He farmed and worked on the railroad for a time, but three years later he walked from Indiana to California and was working on the railroad there when the golden spike was driven completing the transcontinental line at Promontory Point. Ultimately, Theodore spent the last 70 years of his life in Portland, Oregon. Later in life he became known as a world traveler visiting such places as Australia and New Zealand. He was deeply involved in veterans affairs and attended battlefield reunions at Gettysburg and National and Department Encampments of the GAR. He held the top office of Commander in the Department of Oregon from 1935 until his death. In 1948 he was elected Commander-in-Chief of the GAR and presided at the final Encampment in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1949. He enjoyed giving talks about his Civil War experiences, of the time he saw President Abraham Lincoln and on the virtues of "living carefully". Theodore was married twice (both wives were named Elizabeth) and he was the father of ten children.
[Theodore Penland was a man of the past all Penland's can be proud of!]
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Lula Mae Penland (1938 - 2018)
Asheville....... Lula Mae Penland, 80, passed away Wednesday July 11th, at Stone Creek Health and Rehabilitation. A native of Asheville, NC, she was born April 17, 1938 to the late Raymond and Bernice Simpson Hammonds. She was preceeded in death by her brother, Charles Hammonds and sister, Willie Mae Grant. Left to cherish her memory are children, Katherine Davis Morrison (Wilbert), Chandra Jenkins, Gail Davis (Gary Lindsey), Curtis Lee Davis (Alice McCoy), James Edward Davis, siblings - Eugene Hammonds (Pat), Ralph Smith, and Rosa Hall (John); 17 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren.
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Vonciel Wright Penland (1928 - 2018)
Vonciel Wright Penland passed away peacefully on August 28, 2018 surrounded by her family and friends. She was born on April 12, 1928 to the late Rev. William Henry Wright & his wife, Sarah Church Wright. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Joseph W. Penland, her daughter, M. Joann Penland and her sisters, Mamie W. Smeltzer and Marie W. Cook. She is survived by her son, Joseph Penland, Jr. and her daughter, Linda Gail Penland (Winfred Ramsey). Grandchildren: Joseph Nathaniel Penland (Melanie), Sarah Nicole Cutshell (Mike) and Laurin Penland. Great grandchildren: Madison Duckett (Danielle), Ezra Penland and Lilyauna Kelly. Her best friend, Alma Wilson, her sister in law, Minnie Lee Dorn; a large extended family and community members whose lives she has forever touched. Vonciel was a member of Marshall Baptist Church.
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Polly Ruth Penland (1952 - 2018)
Hendersonville, NC.............. Polly Ruth Penland, 65, of Hendersonville, NC died on Sunday, June 24, 2018 of complications of ALS. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She was the daughter of the late Thomas E. Penland, Jr. and the late Katherine Arnopld Penland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Howard Penland. Polly graduated from Furman University in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in history. She earned a Master's Degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1979. She is survived by her husband James T. Anderson; her daughter, Kelsey Penland Anderson and her son-in-law, Graham M. Whitley, both of San Antonio, Texas, her brother-in-law Roy Anderson and Roy's son, Eric Anderson; Her brothers, James W. Penland and his wife Ruth Primm of Atlanta, Georgia, and their children Michael, Michelle, Thjomas & Katherine; and Lee Thomas Penland and his wife Katie D. Kelly of Tiger, Georgia, and Lee's children Leah and Lauren and Lauren's husband Chandler Von de Water and their children, Everly and Finn.
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Marcus Penland (1938 - 2018)
Marcus Penland, 79, passed away peacefully on September 20, 2018 surrounded by his wife Cindy, and children, Janet, Carla and Mark. Marcus is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, his three children and many other family members that he dearly loved.
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Ralph D. ( Don) Penland (1931 - 2018)
Ralph D. Penland, 86, passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House. Don was born in Gastonia, NC to the late Fred Walker Penland and his wife, Gaither Victoria Holland Wright. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Fred W. Penland, Jr. and sisters, Alice Evalena Vaughn and Sara Ann Vokt. Don was a man of many talents and was a mentor to his children and his grandchildren, Jamie & Scott Penland and Michael Gossett.
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Kathleen Johnson Penland (1925 - 2019
Kathleen Johnson Penland passed away on September 29, 2018. She was born in on July 22, 1925 in Green Mountain, NC. She attended Warren Wilson College and Mars Hill College. Kathleen raised hefr three children in Burnsville, NC. She lived more than 50 years in Greensboro, and worked twenty-eight of those years for Blue Bell/Wrangler. She was witty, curious about everything, and played the piano every day. She quoted from the Bible at will, read widely, loved people, and made friends wherever she was. She was a beautiful lady -- inside and out and her family and friends deeply mourn her loss. Kathleen is survived by her daughters, Amelia (Mina) Penland Fuller, and Ramona (Noni) Penland, and a son-in-law, Craig Fuller. Kathleen's beloved granddaughter is Catherine Robertson. She lost her son John Darwin (Dodi) Penland, Catherine's father in 1979. Her brothers and sisters are James Johnson, who died in April this year, Lallage Neill, Wanda Hansil, and Tom Johnson. Her nephews and nieces will miss their 'Aunt Kat'. * * * * *
Minnie Lee Penland Dorn (1928 - 2018)
Minnie Lee Penland Dorn, age 90 of Hendersonville, NC passed away on September 30, 2018. She was born in Marshall to the late James and Bessie Lee Penland and spent her childhood in their boarding house, 'The Balsam Tourist home', where she first learned and perfected her cukinary skills, She was educated in the Madison County Schools and graduated from Marshall High School. She worked in her mother's beauty salon as a hairdresser for many years. She married Married Marion Dorn in 1941 and they moved to Hendersonville. Minnie & Marion owned and operated Dorn's Supermarket on Main Street , and Dorn's Men's and Ladies Clothing Store. They were married for 36 years ubtil Marion's death in 1987. Minnie is survived by four children: Haynes and his wife Argyll, Audrey and her husband Charlie, Dennis and his wife Cindy anf Jeff and his wife Christy, ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.