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Rev. Norman Pennington

Funeral services for Rev. Norman Pennington will be 3:00 P.M. Friday, January 18, 2019, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Bro. Brad Holliman officiating. Interment will follow at Caraway Cemetery in Gladeville.  Visitation Thursday 4-7 PM and Friday after 1 PM at Ligon & Bobo.

Rev. Pennington, age 84 of Gladeville, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Summit Medical Center.

Born May 8, 1934, in Lawrenceburg, he is the son of the late Isaac Bertram and Pamelia Mae Chambers Pennington. He received degrees from Martin College, MTSU, Vanderbilt University, and Candler School of Theology.  He taught in the Grundy County School System from 1975-2000.  He also was a United Methodist Pastor forty four years, having served the following churches: Bon Aqua, Rutherford Circuit, Palmer, Rock Springs in North, Georgia; McEwen, New Chapel, Monteagle, Estill Springs, Westmoreland, Alexandria, Brush Creek, New Middleton, Monterey, Palmer, Fountain Grove-Mt. Carmel, Coalmont, and Coalmont-Palmer.  He was a member of Gladeville United Methodist Church.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Phillips Pennington on February 26, 2008; infant brother, William James Pennington; brother, I. B. Pennington Jr. and a sister, Alberta Mae Youree.

He is survived by two children: Jeff N. Pennington and Jane (Lyndon) LaFevers; four grandchildren, Logan (Reanna) LaFevers, Lauren LaFevers (Wesley) Flatt, Jessica Pennington, and Joshua Pennington; great grandchildren: Levon & Louella LaFevers, Elijah Dawson & Liza Jane Flatt, Chloe Pennington, and another great grandson due in April.

Honorary pallbearers: Elijah Dawson Flatt & Levon LaFevers

Active pallbearers: Jeff Pennington, Joshua Pennington, Lyndon LaFevers, Logan LaFevers, Wesley Flatt, Wayne Etheridge, and Kenneth Harris.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615)444-2142   www.ligonbobo.com

Messages for the Family

  1. Jill Burhans says:
    My deepest heartfelt condolences.
  2. Grace Condra Frazier says:
    Jane and Jeff I am so sorry..your Dad was such a sweet and Godly man. Your families are in my prayers.
  3. Karen Rogers Davis says:
    I am so saddened to hear this. Mr. Pennington was our Pastor at Coalmont UMC when I was younger. I also had the good fortune of having him as a teacher at Coalmont Elementary. It was a great honor to have a Godly person as a role model.
    Jeff and Jane I am so sorry about your dad . I was one of his students when he taught here in Grundy County , he was a great man and teacher . You all will be in our thoughts and prayers !! ❤
  5. Clayta Hargis Meeks says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. I heard him preach on many occasions. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you in the days to come .
  6. Rhonda McDaniel Winton says:
    He was my principal in elementary school and my pastor for awhile. Then, I had the pleasure of teaching with him at North Elementary and Tracy City. He was one of the kindest and most genuine persons I have ever known. I hope the family is comforted by wonderful memories.
  7. Meredith Maxey says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Pennington was my homeroom teacher all 4 years of high school. He was such a sweet and kind man.
  8. Tommy Meeks says:
    Brother Pennington was leading Coalmont UMC the day I was saved. He baptized me shortly after on Easter. A great Christian man. You should be extremely proud of the life he lived. Bless your family.
  9. Bill Barton says:
    Brother Pennington was one of the men I have ever met. He was dedicated to a standard of excellence in his faith & walk with God. This kind & gentle man is truly “home” today.
  10. David & Elaine Harper says:
    We will miss Norman each week at church. We feel blessed to have known him. He leaves behind quite the legacy of which your family we know are very proud. RIP Papa Penny!
  11. Ron Hill says:
    With deepest sympathy my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
  12. Shirley Johnson says:
    We just read about Bro. Pennington’s passing. We are sorry for your loss. He served our church @ Fountain Grove for several years.
    Shirley & Levon Johnson
  13. Keith McBee says:
    How honored I feel to have passed through this world with a Norman. My hope is to be in the next one with him also. Jeff and Jane I know I don’t have to tell you what a Dad you had. We have missed all of you since you’ve been gone from our little mountain. God Bless you all.
    Keith & Renee’
  14. Susie Sloan says:
    So sorry to learn of Bro. Pennington’s passing. We remember him fondly at Westmoreland.
  15. Beverly Spiva says:
    My mom and I were saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. My dad was Rev. Ed Spiva and I know they were friends at Martin and in the Tennessee Conference. Praise God for the life of a man who served Him well!
  16. Rick Rust says:
    Rest In Peace my friend. Jane and Jeff you know how much I thought of your Dad. As my pastor and teaching with him. In our talks he was always telling me things you two would do. He loved you so much.
  17. Beth (Lowrie) Cragar says:
    Dear Jeff and Jane, my sincere condolences for your loss. It has always been a testament to your Dad’s life, faith, and legacy the stories Jeff shares. May he shine in his well deserved reward with our Lord and may God’s grace envelope you all during this time. I have a dear friend, almost 91, that says she thanks God for every day he wakes her to see another sunrise and even the day he doesn’t, she is a winner either way. Your Dad is a winner.