Penland  Historical Society, Inc.
                      NEWS
               Jan - Mar  2015
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                Elizabeth Ella Ramsey   (1945 - 2014)












Elizabeth Ella Ramsey, 69, of Candler, NC passed away Saturday, December 27,
  2014.   A native of Asheville, she was the daughter of the late John Thomas
  Wheeler and Nellie Louemma Penland Wheeler.  She enjoyed researching
  genealogy and was a gifted artist.    In addition to her parents, she was preceded
  in death by her siblings, Ruby Johnson, Wilma Lytle, Lois Henderson, Dorothy
  Shepherd and Charles Wheeler.   Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Clifton
  Ramsey; children, Kriss Sands, Jr., Eric Sands, Michele Costa, Jason & Christy
  Ramsey;  siblings, John, Larry, George, David and Sandra Wheeler and Carolyn
  Goforth and 12 grandchildren.   Elizabeth will be greatly missed by her family and
  many friends! 

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     Jo Ann (Penland) Hill    (1941 - 2015)










  Dallas, Texas..... Jo Ann Hill of Frost passed away Sunday, January 11, 2015 at
   Baylor Hospital in Dallas.   Born July 23, 1941 in Lafayette, Georgia, she was the
   daughter of Clyde and Euna (DeBord) Penland.  She was well educated, keenly
   intelligent, an accomplished pianist, cross stitch artist, tole painter, seamstress,
   decorative cake maker, hostess and cook, ceramic crafts expert, master game
   player and cross word puzzle wizard.  She was faithful to The Lord!   She
   traveled globally on this earth, six continents and over 30 countries.   Her ability
   to build lasting relationships with people of all races, religions, and classes was
   remarkable.   In her last years she treasured her new friends in Mertens and
   surrounding area.   She possessed a unique sense of humor along with
   reasoning ability balanced with a firm set of values.  Preceding her in death were
   her parents, brother, DeForest Penland; and nephew, Mike Penland.  Survivors
   include her husband, Robert Hill of Frost, two children, Wendy Ellen Hill of Frost
   and Bobby Hill and wife Natalie of Highland Village, brother James Oliver
   Penland and wife, Jean, of Lafayette, Georgia; sister, Tona Penland of
   Jacksonville, Florida, sister in law, Marcheta Penland of Fort Oglethorpe,
   Georgia; nephews, Forest  Penland, Van Penland and his wife Becky, Gene
   Penland and wife, Vicky, and Ricky Penland and his wife Kathie; and a number
   of great-nephews and great nieces.

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  Garlon Daniel Penland, MSgt, USA Ret.   (1940 - 2014)
  Retired Master Sergeant Garlon Daniel Penland, 74, died Friday, October 3, 2014
   at Liberty Regional Medical Center after a long illness.   He was a native of
   Knoxville, Tennessee, and had lived in Hinesville, Georgia for the last 15 years.
   He served for 22 years in the U. S. Army, most of which he served in the Special
   Forces.   He had three tours in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart Medal.
   Garlon was instrumental in getting the VA Clinic located in Hinesville.   He later
   retired from Lockheed Martin Corporation.   He was a member and former
   Commander of DAV Chapter 46, VFW Vietnam Vets, and the National Order of
   Eternal Trenchs.   He is survived by his wife, Myoko Penland of Hindsville, a son
   David Penland of Sweden, three grandchildren, and one brother, Vernon Penland
   of Chicago, Illinois.   He was buried in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery
   after a committal ceremony with full military honors.  {Garlon was the youngest
   child of William David Penland, and his wife, Hattie Florence Morrow --  one of
   their 12 children.
   {NOTE: He was a GGGrandson of the William Penland, who first married Mary
   Casey in Roane County, Tennessee in 1811}
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    PENLANDs  IN  TENNESSEE  &  TEXAS
    {How bits & pieces of information may solve a problem }
  Several months ago Pam Dissly (a PHS member) of Tyler, Texas
  contacted me to see if I had any record of a 'Lemuel Penland'          (her GGrandfather).  At the time I could not find her 'Lemuel'.
  Not long after that, I was made aware of some stories about a
  large family named 'Penland' in South Texas whose ancestoral
  line before the mid 1800s was unclear, if not unknown.  Their
  known ancestor is Stephen Elisha Penland who married Eliza
  Ann Mills in December 1865 in Texas.  Not long after, I suddenly
  discovered there was a 'Lemuel Penland' in my files after all!
  He was the grandson of Abraham D. Penland of Cocke County,  
  Tennessee and the younger brother to a Stephen Penland. His
  father was W. C. Penland, who my records indicated was born in
  Cocke County, but had died in Texas after 1880.  The name
  Lemuel, and his date of birth 1851 in Cocke County was all that
  was known.  A few weeks later, I discovered a family paper
  written by a Penland family member in Texas indicating that five
  Penlands named Stephen, John, Abraham & their younger
  siblings Lemuel and Anne arrived in Texas by covered wagon
  during the mid 1800s.    The names of these young people
  matched the names of W. C. Penland's children, who our records
  indicated had all gone to Texas and stayed until their deaths (all
  are buried in Texas).  

  Stephen Elisha Penland died in Texas in 1874 at the early age of
  31.  He named his first son William Cathey -- It is not a big
  stretch to conclude that he may have been named for his
  grandfather, W. C. -- Can anyone confirm what W. C.' s name
  was?   Could it have been William Cathey Penland?
                                               ...........................Charles Penland       

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           Murder in 1983
  On the morning of 5 June 1983, the bodies of Harold Penland,
   47 & his 27 year old wife Laura, were discovered in their home
   in Portland, Oregon.   They had died from multiple gunshot
   wounds, apparently by an intruder, even though there were
   security bars on the windows and doors!   A sixteen year old
   boy who lived in Portland named Todd Snider, whose father was
   a friend of Harold's, later wrote songs which included lyrics
   about the murder.   One of Todd's songs was "Unorganized
   Crime".    Todd remembered Harold as a guy with a beard and
   stringy hair who owned a bar & who had, at one time been a
   boxer known as Willard "Battling" Nelson!   Willie Nelson, as
   Todd Snider knew him, had a boxing record of 23 - 3 - 3 and had
   the reputation of "hitting like a mule"!   Todd continues
   pursuing his musical career in Nashville & as far as we know,
   the murders of Harold Penland and his wife Laura are still
   unsolved!
  
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     We lost many members of the Penland family during
     2014.  Here is a partial list of those we have identified
                               who passed away:
       Agnes "Peggy" (Owens) Penland, Georgia      24 Apr 1914 - 31 Jan 2014 
       Annie Geneva Penland -  North Carolina        30 Sep 1922 - 19 May 2014
       Beulah Grace (Garett) Penland    -   Georgia  26 Mar 1931 - 14 Aug 2014
       Clyde Penland    -  Virginia                                 8 Jan 1924 -  6 Dec 2014
       Dennis "Cotton" Penland  -  Georgia                14 Jul 1946  -  5 Oct 2914
       Donald William Penland, Sr.   -   Tennessee                1925  - 26 Jul 2014  
       Frank Shields Penland   -    V irginia                   27 Jun 1939 - 9 Jul 2014
       Garlon Daniel Penland, Msgt USA, Ret.- Georgia 22 Jun 1940 -11 Oct 2014   
       Gene B. Penland, Judge   -  Kansas                  11 Aug 1934 - 31 Ot 2014
       Gladys Ruth (Bice) Penland   -    Colorado         5 Feb 1918 - 25 Jul 2014     
       Grace (Hampton) Penland  -  North Carolina  3    1 Jul 1915 - 8 Nov 2014
       Gwendolyn (Horne) Penland  -            ?             4 Jan 1918 - 20 Dec 2914 
       Jerry D. Penland   -  South Carolina                 14 Nov 1936 -  9 Feb 2014
       James Cay "Jim" Penland  -   North Carolina              1943 - 20 Mar 2014
       Jim Penland  -  Texas                                        11 Jan 1941 - 20 Jul 2014
       Joe David Penland, Sr.    -    North C arolina    13 Oct 1947 - 28 Jan 2014
       Kenneth Edward Penland   -  California            28 Oct 1958 - 24 Apr 2014
       Leonie (Gates) Penland   -   North Carolina                 1914 - 22 Sep 2014
       Lincoln Ty Penland   -   Utah                              2 Jun 2013 - 28 Feb 2014
       Maggie Ruth (Penland) Odle      Texas             21 Jun 1929 - 27 Oct 2014 
       Marie Patricia (Souza) Penland      -  California           1920 - 13 Aug 2014
       Martha Louise (Holt) Penland - North Carolina  26 Oct 1924 - 11 Mar 2014  
       Mary (Kates) Penland  -       North Carolina                 1939 - 23 Dec 2014
       Marylee (Arrowood) Penland    -   North Carolina         1925 - 18 Apr 2014
       Michael Julian Penland    - Florida                     21 Jun 1947 - 1 Sep 2014
       Nettie (Ballew) Penland   -    Georgia                           1927 -   6 Jan 2014
       Paula Gayle Penland   -    Tennessee                8 Mar 1943 -   8 May 2014
       Peggy (Anderson) Penland  -  North Carolina    12 Aug 1934 - 28 Jul 2014   
       Ralph Penland      -     California                                  1953 - 12 Mar 2014
       Robert B. Penland   -  Virginia                          26 Oct 1949 - 22 Nov 2014
       Ruby Geneva (Harris)  Penland   -Georgia       17 Nov 1928 - 23 Oct 2014
       Sheila Marie Penland  -   Michigan                                 1965 - 2 Apr 2014
       Steven A. Penland       -    Michigan                 26 Sep 1957 -   2 Aug 2014
       Thelma  (Reese) Penland   -   North Carolina    10 Jul 1927 - 17 Sep 2014
       Tony Hampton Penland   -    North Carolina     13 Mar 1936 -  1 Nov 2014
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