Sylvia Pennington

Sylvia Pennington

Sylvia Pennington, a long-time resident of Watson died, August 3, 2015 at Pine Bluff at the age of 95.

She was a homemaker, farmer and a member of the White Hall United Pentecostal Church where she joyfully attended when health permitted. She especially liked the music.

Mrs. Pennington enjoyed cooking for her family and always baked the favorite dessert of whichever child visited her. Her home was a gathering place for relatives and neighborhood children living along Cypress Creek in the Pea Ridge community where many memories of her thoughtfulness were created. By example, she taught her children to be industrious and honest. She possessed determination and a remarkable “can-do” attitude.

Until 2011, with the help of her devoted son, Dennis, Mrs. Pennington was able to remain in the home she had lived in since 1947. Although difficult at first, she soon adjusted to life at Trinity Village Medical Center in Pine Bluff and made the most of her remaining years, as she’d done over her lifetime. She will be missed.

She was born on May 7, 1920 in Perry County and was the daughter of Johnny and Mary Dickson Humphreys.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Verdell Pennington; a daughter, Mary Lou McGill; a granddaughter, Priscella McGill; five brothers, Clifford, Troy, Victor, Leo, and Everett Humphreys; and three sisters; Willie Humphreys, Clydie Mitchell and Evy Douthit.

She was a member of the White Hall United Pentecostal Church and joyfully attended when health permitted. She especially liked the music.

Survivors are her children, Catherine Gibson (Amos) of St. Louis, Jerry Pennington (Jeanie) of Pine Bluff; Helen Pennington of Rogers, Patricia Fair (Ed) of Springdale, Don Pennington (Debbie) of Dumas, Dennis Pennington of Watson, and Kenneth Pennington (Jackie) of Watson; a brother, Toy Humpreys of Monroe; two sisters, Ivy Marlar of Arnold, Missouri and Bonnie Davidson (Roy) of Watson; 18 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Family visitation will be held on August 5 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Griffin Funeral Home in Dumas. Funeral services will be held on August 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Chris Dickson, officiating. Burial will be at the Watson Cemetery.

Nephews of Mrs. Pennington will be serving as pallbearers.