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Mr. James Luther “Jim” Penley, 88, of 220 Curley Maple Valley Drive, Boone, Rich Mtn. community, died Friday afternoon, Jan. 7, 2005, at his home.
He was born July 8, 1916, in Boone, Watauga County, to the late Daniel Carter and Margaret Deskie Ragan Penley.
Mr. Penley was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was drafted on June 21, 1941 and was one of the first draftees from Watauga County.
He served six years and attained the rank of T/Sgt. and received a number of awards, including ATZD Bronze Star for the Germany campaign, Combat Medical Badge, Good Conduct Ribbon, ETO Ribbon Service, Asidic-Pacific Service Ribbon, American Theatre Service Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal and two Battle Stars, before being honorably discharged.
He remained in the U.S. Army Reserves for 10 years.
He worked as a lineman for Blue Ridge Electric in Watauga and Ashe counties while attending farm training school.
In addition to farming, he worked for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company as a foreman for the Boone Market for 25 years.
He worked for Goodnight Brothers Produce and Ham Curing Company from 1969 until his retirement in 1978.
Mr. Penley was a family charter member of Rich Mtn. Baptist Church.
Survivors include three daughters, Jane Elizabeth Penley, his caregiver, of the home; Leta Councill and Barbara Snyder and husband, John, all of Boone; two sons, Morris Penley and wife, Becky, of Leesville, S.C. and Lyle Penley and wife, Karen, of Anderson, S.C.; three granddaughters, Angie Rye and husband, Kenny, of Gilbert, S.C., Susan Penley of Lexington, S.C. and Allye Penley of Anderson, S.C.; three grandsons, Eric Church and wife, Lynne, and Tim Councill and wife, Cindy, all of Boone, and Greg Church and wife, Christy, of Deep Gap; one sister, Martha Eggers and husband, Clay, of Boone; and very special friends, Lucille Elliott and her family of Vilas.
He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Belva Greene Penley; five brothers, Paul Penley, Silas Penley, John Penley, Ralph Penley and Alfred Penley; and two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Greene and Mrs. Maggie Moretz.
Services were conducted Monday morning at 11 a.m. at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by the Rev. James D. Hagaman and Dr. Wayne Brown. Military graveside honors and burial followed at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Watauga County, 136 Furman Road, Boone, N.C. 28607.
Hampton Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.