Penland  Historical  Society, Inc.
October  -  December    2014
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I have placed a page on the site called, "Those who served" which lists the names of
Penlands who have served America in military service (those that I know about)  since the
Revoluntary War in the 1700s!   I know there are many more who should be listed, and with yo
your help, I'll put them there.   If you know of  individuals who have served in the military,
please let me know of them.   If you can, a few words about their service always makes it
more interesting!   Thanks!     Charles Penland
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                      One Who Gave All


  PFC Ray Lee Penland of Palacios, Texas was killed in action May 26 1968 near
  Quang Tri Vietnam.   As a Marine Infantry soldier, he was involved in a fire fight
  with the enemy when he was killed by rifle fire.   Ray attended school in Palacios
  and graduated from high school in Port Port Lavaca.   He was the son of Ray 
  Lee Penland of Houston, Texas & Mrs Clarence Koontz of Harvey, Louisana.

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      WW II  Veteran takes "Honor Flight"
For the past several years, "Honor Flights," have taken World War II veterans to
Washington, D. C.  to visit the Memorial erected to honor & recognize their service during
that war.   Recently, one of those veterans was John D. Thomason, 94 {Uncle of Mrs. Phyllis
Penland, of San Antonio, Texas}.   John, and his son Johnny, who accompanied him on the
flight,  are both residents of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He was born and raised near Harrison,
Arkansas.   While in  his initial training for service in the U.S. Navy, the training period was
suddenly cut short to get the trainees into the war action quickly!   John was assigned duty
on the USS Charles Carrol and served for its' entire commission.   He was a 1st Class Boats
-man Mate on the ship that delivered troops and equipment to the front lines in the Atlantic
& Pacific.   He was part of the D-Day Normandy invasion by dispatching troops!   John
literally traveled the world during the War and was amazed at the people he met and the
places he saw -- not bad for a country boy from Arkansas!

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                 A  GLIMPSE FROM THE PAST

  Heppner, Oregon..........26 Sep 1921
            "Eugene Penland Held in Creek by Machine
                         During the Whole Night"
Eugene Penland, well known stockman of this city, suffered serious injuries and narrowly
escaped death last night when his automobile went off the grade and turned over in the
creek.   Mr. Penland was pinned under the wrecked car and partially submerged in the water
from 6 p.m. until 9 a.m. when he was found by R. A. Thompson and released.   Exposure,
shock and a broken jawbone comprised Mr. Penland's injuries.     His recovery is expected!

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        Beatrice Penland Rice    {1931 - 2014}
Asheville, NC.............Beatrice Penland, 83, left this world to meet her Heavenly Father and
many loved ones Sunday October 19, 2014 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's.  Mrs Rice
was a homemaker and 'Nanny' to many children in her home.   She was a member
of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday School for
many years.   She was a very loving mother and grandmother, and will be greatly missed
by all.   Mrs Rice was the wife of the late James (Jim) Douglas Rice, and the daughter of the
late Walter and Faye  Penland.   She was also preceded in death by her brother, Elmer
Penland; son-in-law, Oscar (Poochie) Corn; granddaughter, Joni Kaye; and great-grandson
Joseph Ryan.   She is survived by her son, James (Jimmy) Douglas Rice, Jr. and his wife
Claire of Atlanta, GA;  daughters:  Joyce Rice Corn of Hendersonville, Pat Ogle and husband Phillip of Swannanoa, Susie Curtis and husband Kevin of Hendersonville, and Terri Rice of Weaverville;  Grandchildren:  Billy Corn and wife
Charman of Hendersonville, Travis Bradley of Folsom, CA, Jon Parker of Candler, Jennifer
Corn of Hendersonville, Jason  Corn of Bozeman, MT, Joey Parker of Hendersonville,
Sebrena Nash and husband Joey of Leicester, and Felicia Curtis of Hendersonville, eleven
great-grandchildren; and a dear friend, Ray Branch.

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         Shirley Nash Penland           { 1936 - 2013 }
Shirley Nash Penland 77, of Candler, NC passed awayTuesday, October 15, 2013. 
A native of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Bertha Price
Nash.   She was also preceded in death by a son, Kevin Penland.   Mrs Penland is
survived by her husband Blake Penland, Jr., daughters Rena Simmons and husband
Gene of Tennessee,  Darlene Henson and husband Dale of Candler, and Lia Banks
and Drew Freiberger of Candler, son Tracey Penland and wife Sheila of Candler;  4
grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren;  sisters Reva Getins and husband Carl of
Gastoria and Dorothy Smith of Candler, and brother Paul A. Nash of Detroit.  
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             "Merry Christmas"
  As the year is quickly coming to a close, I hope it has been a
healthy and Happy one for you and your family!   We need to
count the many blessings God has given us, after all, as the old
saying goes, "it could always be worse"!   My prayer is that we
all may enjoy the New Year with good health, happiness in our
families and 'Peace on Earth'!    ....................Charles Penland 

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