PHS Member News July - September 2009
Major Patrick Penland Retires From The USAF
                                 On 26 June, a retirement ceremony was held at                                                                      Randolph AFB, Texas for Major Patrick Alan Penland, as
                                                   he retired  from the United States Air Force after an
                                                   outstanding career of more than 24 years.   Patrick was
                                                   commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1985 from the
                                                   ROTC program of the University of Texas at San Antonio.
                                                   He finishes his career as a Command Instructor Pilot with
                                                   more than 3,500 hours piloting six different model aircraft.
                                                   They included  the B-1B Bomber,  the KC-135 Air Refueler,
                                                   (A&R models),  the T-38 Supersonic Trainer (models
                                                   A &C),  and the T-37B Trainer.   He served in-theater during
                                                   OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, OPERATION JOINT FORGE,
                                                   and OPERATION JUST CAUSE.   He was selected, and          served,  as the B-1 Bomber Test Evaluation Pilot, Chief of B-2 Bomber Test Management and he was selected, and served as Lead Presidential Advance Agent supporting "Air Force One" travels by then President Bill Clinton.    Patrick holds a Masters Degree of Aeronautical Science in Management.   Throughout his career, he was continually recognized for his leadership and managerial skills.    Among the many service awards he received were the following:   The Bronze Star Medal, The Air Medal,  3 Aerial Achievement Medals,  5 Meritorious Service Medals,  2 Air Force Commendation Medals, 2 Combat Readiness Medals,  2 National Defense Service Medals, The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal,  2 Iraq Campaign Medals, The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.  

In his final remarks, Major Penland  said " I wish to thank the Air Force for showing me the world and taking an average college student like me, molding me, and putting me in charge of a $250 million dollar supersonic bomber loaded with nukes.  In my flying career, I've seen and done things in aircraft that can only be described as extraordinary -- the kinds of things most people only experience in movies or dreams.   Finally, I would like to honor my fallen comrades.  Not all my fellow Airmen were fortunate enough to make it to retirement.   They paid the ultimate price while serving their country.  It is a sacrifice I will never forget ---- and neither should any American!"    

Major Penland and his family plan to continue living in San Antonio.  After the ceremony, his parents were overheard to say, "We just thank God that Pat had an equal number of landings as he had take-offs!"


Major Patrick Penland flies a B-1 Bomber overhead as a "Change of Command Ceremony" happens below! 
The following article appeared in the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper on 30 July 2009...............................
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Dear  Charles  ---   I would like to let all our members know about a new book just released.   It is called
"Hominy Valley Revisited" and it has a lot of good photos of the Penland's of Hominy Valley, NC.   William
Merion Penland, of Penland pottery fame, is on the front cover.    This book can be found and ordered at 
< >     I had the pleasure of contributing to the book.     Thanks,  Elizabeth  Ramsey

Sisters, Ashley and Rachel Penland recently enjoyed a "concert" night out together.  Ashley is a graduate of Texas State University and employed as an "Event Planner".   Rachel is completing her Senior year in Highschool and will also  receive an Associates Degree upon graduation.   They are  Daughters  of Michael & Kimberly Penland of Fort Walton Beach, Florida.   They are also cousins of Nathan & Connor Penland, above.

A few days ago, Nathan Penland became the overall winner of "The Driveway Racing Series" for September 2009 in Austin, Texas.  The racing series is a bicycle criterium race which is partly sponsored by "Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop" in Austin, owned by Lance Armstrong and some friends.   Just like the Tour De France, the overall points leader  is awarded a special jersey to wear, and must defend it.  In the case of the Tour De France, the poins leader is awarded the famous "yellow jersey".    The Driveway Racing Series in Austin awards their points leader with an "orange jersey."   Nathan has been racing every Thursday in the Category 4/5 race racking up points which he needed to help him beat the current points leader.   In the race on 17 September, with the pacing help from his other four team members, Nathan raced for 30 minutes against about 35 other racers  and finished in second place, sprinting just ahead of the previous jersey wearer who finished in third.  In earlier races Nathan had placed fifth and first.   In the race on the 25th, Nathan successfully defended the jersey and he was awarded it for the month of September to keep as a trophy.   In the above pictures Nathan is shown racing and in the other he is surrounded by his  Cyclelogic Bike Shop Team.   In that picture Nathan's brother Connor stands by him(with dark glasses).             NOTE:  In the 30 minute race, riders are pedaling between 25 to 30 mph on a sustained basis to win.
                            FRANKIE  MCCLURE
Clay County Progress....Thursday, July 23, 2009  Frakie McClure, 93, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Hayesville, N.C., died Monday July 13, 2009 in a Mesquite, Texas care facility.  A native of Clay County, she had lived in Texas since 1960.  She was a retired inspector in the textile industry.  She was a member of the Elam Baptist Church in Dallas.   She was the daughter of the late Will and Rosetta Burch Penland and  wife of the late Frank McClure, who died September 2, 1951.   Surviving are two daughters, Lucy Waldroup and husband, Marvin of Dallas, Texas and Brenda Littlefield and husband, John of Adair, Oklahoma;  a son, William Joseph McClure and wife, Charlene of Irving, Texas;  and six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and five great, great grandchildren.   Graveside services were held Monday, July 20 in the Bethel Cemetery  with the Rev. Johnny Foster officiating.

                            The Penland DNA Project
In working on the project which some have suggested -- DNA tests to establish whether all Penlands are related, I'm told that there are random generational  mutations that will affect the absolute "proof" of relationships.   However, for all practical purposes these tests will help us to better understand the issue.
For example, the probability that I am the father of my two sons is likely 99.99%.  But the probability that I am the grandfather of my six grandsons would be slightly less than 99.99% because of some small mutations in each succeeding generation.   You will recall that I recently took a DNA test through [they use 'Genebase' in Canada to do the analysis] focusing on the male Y chromosome which is passed from father to son.   So far I've been told that based on that information (apparently compared to the current Genebase data base) I share a common ancestor with:  (1) a Mr. Hector Rafael Pacheco (about 14 generations ago),  (2)  a Mr. Ken Davis [about 89 generations ago ---  about the time the Bible was first being written in Greek],  and (3)  a Mr. Frank Charpentier [likely linked within the past 50 generations].   I hope all of this is not too confusing!  Fortunately for me, my granddaughter Brittany is a PHD Degree Candidate in "Genetics" and acts as my interpreter. 

I believe there are at least three things we may be able to discover thru DNA testing:
   (1)  By DNA testing at least one male member of each line [William, Robert,             George & Alexander] whether all four do in fact, share common ancestors.
   (2)  By DNA testing a male from the family of William Penland & Mary Casey
      (married in Roane County, Tennessee in 1811) and compared to my DNA
      (because I descend from William and Margaret in Cocke County)  
      we can establish whether we have common ancestors (and hopefully
      whether the two "Williams" are the same individual --  which has been a
      mystery yet unresolved).
   (3)  By DNA testing a male member of a 'Pentland' family, compare for
     common ancestors.   We may discover whether they are family related to
     our four brothers or their ancestors were linked to our earlier ancestors.
                                                            Stay tuned!      Charles

Clay County Progress...........Tuesday, 2 October 2008
Christine penland, 87, of Brasstown died Friday, September 26, 2008 in a Murphy medical center. 
A native and lifetime resident of Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie Thomas and Hattie Elizabeth Hampton Hyatt and the wife of the late Hollis Penland, who died July 21, 1974.   She was a homemaker and a member of the Hickory Stand United Methodist Church.   She was an avid gardener, a loving mother, mother-in-law, sister and friend.   Surviving are a daughter, Linda Penland Sandidge and husband, John of Murphy;  a son, Hollis "Keith" Penland and wife, Lisa of Hiawassee, Georgia;   Two brothers, John T. Hyatt and wife Dewell of Candler, N. C.;  and Glenn A. Hyatt of Brasstown;  and six nieces and one nephew.   Funeral services were held 4 p.m. Sunday, September 28 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with Rev. Alan Wildsmith officiating.