Harold Lee Penick, having previously professed his faith and acceptance of his Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, passed through the veil of this world to the Kingdom of God on June 4th, 2019 at 9:50pm in Maury County Regional Hospital in Columbia, Tennessee. Harold was 82 at the time of his passing.
He is the son of William Lee Penick and Sarah Rachel Penick Nee’ Roberts of Dry Ridge, Kentucky. Harold was born May 24, 1937 in a cabin in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. Harold comes from a very old family who sailed to the Colony of Virginia an 1646 from Wales and Scotland. They then traveled further inland on a flatboat on the Ohio River in 1712 settling in Northeast Kentucky where the family has since remained. Harold married Gladys Lucille Roberts (Surviving) of the Birdtown Community in Cherokee, North Carolina in November of 1955. Harold met Gladys when he was on leave and accompanying Gladys’ cousin, Charlie Owle, who was also home on leave from the United States Marine Corps. Gladys Penick (Roberts) is the daughter of Fred William Roberts and Alice Annalou Roberts (Norvell) of the Birdtown Community.
Harold Lee Penick served in the United States Marine Corps from 1953-1956 and took up life as a farmer following his discharge from the service in 1956. A particular point of family pride is that a family member has served during every war since the Revolutionary War. Harold loved farming and anything having to do with farm machinery and animals. He particularly loved Bear Hunting with his friend Hardin Locust. His greatest love and passion was reserved for his wife and children. Harold was from a family of seven , all of which have passed on with the exception of one surviving brother and one surviving sister. His sister , Mary Francis Penick, gained fame and fortunes as a country music performer and Grand Ole Opry star as well as being a very popular singer internationally. She performed under the stage name of Skeeter Davis.
He is survived by his spouse of 64 years, Gladys Lucille Roberts and five living children, as well as one child having deceased at birth. His children are: Charles Lee Penick (Lisa); Sharon Yvonne Tomberg (Wayne); Fred William Penick (Sally); Trena Ann Ring (ex. Spouse Cliff); Chris Penick (Tina); James Hugh Penick (deceased at birth). Harold and Gladys have 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren who reside in Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida.
Viewing and visitation will take place at the Long House Funeral Home Chapel from 6:00pm – 8:00pm on Friday, June 7th, 2019 in Cherokee, North Carolina. Funeral Services will take place at Long House Funeral Home Chapel at 2 PM on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 with internment at the Birdtown Cemetery in Cherokee, North Carolina immediately following services.
The funeral service will be presided over by Pastor Percy Cunningham of Cherokee, North Carolina and Harold’s grand-daughter’s husband, Pastor Jason Windsor of Mt. Ararat Church in Stafford, Virginia.
Friends and family are welcome to both services. Pallbearers will be selected from grandsons and family.
Flowers should be sent to the Long House Funeral Home.
The family would like to thank from the bottom of their hearts all who have contributed and made possible their father’s return home and assisted them in their time of grief and sorrow.
LAWRENCE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, CHAPEL HILL, TN is in charge of local arrangements.