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Philip Pennington

Born: Sat., Jul. 18, 1936
Died: Sat., Jan. 9, 2016


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Jan. 12, 2016
Location: Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Wed., Jan. 13, 2016
Location: Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home

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Philip N. Pennington, 79 of Clay, formerly of Hurricane, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital after a brief illness.


Born on July 18, 1936, in Charleston, he was the son of the late Jack and Martha (Stanley) Pennington, of Hurricane.


Phil was a retired school teacher, with 29 years of experience, from Kanawha County Board of Education.  


He served in the ROTC at West Virginia State College, and later became a captain in the United States Army.


He was preceded in death by his son Phillip Pennington. Also preceding him were his siblings, Mavis (Peggy) Pennington, Stan Pennington, Penny Eldred, June Mosteller, Elizabeth Hazel.


Phil is survived by his loving wife, Wanda (Salisbury) Pennington of Clay; son, Charles H. and wife Denise Pennington, of New Market, AL; daughter, Ann and husband David Cooper of Jacksonville, FL; and two grandsons Matthew Tabler of Jacksonville, FL and Garrett Pennington of New Market, AL.


Phil was a lifelong active Republican who is credited with countless campaign successes for both Democrats and Republicans in and around Hurricane, where he and his wife were active members in the Republican Club.  He believed in electing the best person for the job who would make the community and state a better place to live.


He did not hesitate to share his love of mathematics both in the classroom, and with his nieces and nephews.  He enjoyed studying history, and loved the outdoors, especially gardening.


Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home in Clay, with Minister Dean Rogers officiating, burial will be in the Salisbury-Koch Cemetery, Clay, WV.


Friends may call from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at the funeral home.


The family would like to thank a special friend, Ruth Ilar, of Hurricane, for all that she has done for them during this difficult time, as well as the nurses at CAMC Teays Valley ICU who showed our family the very best of care.


On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com

Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Pennington family.

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Jane Ann and John Reed
   Posted Mon January 11, 2016
Wanda and family, we are so very sorry for Phil's passing. He was a special friend and a very important part of our lives. We offer our sincere condolences. Thinking of all of you.

R. Cole
   Posted Mon January 11, 2016
Sorry for your loss. May you find hope in the promises at Revelation 21:4 and Acts 24:15. May that hope along with your fond memories bring you comfort.

clifford and carolyn wilcoxen
   Posted Mon January 11, 2016
thinking of you in your time of sorrow

Ron & Lois Hoffman
   Posted Mon January 11, 2016
Wanda, Charlie, Denise, Garrett and other family members, please accept our sympathy during this time of sorrow. May God comfort and strengthen you. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

Rex Young
   Posted Tue January 12, 2016
Mr. Pennington and the Pennington Family,
My brief but everlasting contact with Mr. Pennington was at Buffalo High School my 9th grade year. Basketball practice got caught by the bell and I was late for his class, 15 mins. Yes, I said fifteen minutes! I was going to make it good! Well, there were three other basketball players in that class that was 5 mins late. They received one lick with his paddle "BIG RED." I was very good with multiplication, I received 3. This was 1966! 16 years later, my wife had major back surgery at CAMC Mem. As I got off the elevator, there coming down some steps was MR. PENNINGTON! The conversation went something like this. "Hi, Mr. Pennington!" "Hi, Rex!" "Why are you doing up here," I asked. He told me his mother was in the hospital. He asked who I had up here, I told him "my wife." Then, he asked the question, "Have you been late, lately?" He was an absolutely great teacher! Very witty! We nicknamed him TNT for his initials, PNP! He taught math and algebra. I was not a good algebra student, but what I do know he somehow found the time to pour it into those brain cells.
To the Mr. Pennington family, I tell you this story because it is dear to my heart and unbelievable that he would have remembered the 1966 incident in 1982-3. He will be sadly missed! I to have recently retired with 39 years of service as a teacher in Putnam County, with his example leading the way.
God Bless, each and everyone!
Rex A. Young
By the way, I deserved every paddling I received from him.

Kan. Co. Retired School Employees
   Posted Tue January 12, 2016
The West Virginia and Kanawha County Associations of Retired School Employees extend their sincere sympathy to you, the family, in your sorrow. Blessings to all.

Vance Stover
   Posted Tue January 12, 2016
I was so saddened when I read this. Mr. Pennington has been my hero since I had him as a teacher at Buffalo High School. Mr. Pennington was the BEST math and algebra teacher anyone could ever hope to have. He made a difference in my life as I went on to work at Union Carbide Corp Tech Center in South Charleston for 30 years, using the skills that he taught me, each and every day. I will always remember that he signed everything "PNP". I always meant to look him up and tell him in person what a great person and what a great teacher he was but time got away from me and now it is too late. Rest in peace my dear friend! Rest in Peace!

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