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Harry T. Penquite, Jr.

81, of Indianapolis, passed away September 16, 2012.

A native of Yazoo City, MS and having resided in Jackson, MS, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Physical Science from Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS.

Harry taught at Monticello High School, Monticello, MS for one year before serving in the U. S. Army during the Korean War.

After earning an honorable discharge, he studied at Indiana University where he earned a Master's Degree in Biological Sciences and a Specialist Degree in Administration and Secondary Education, all while working at the U. S. Postal Service.

Harry taught in the Indianapolis Public School System for over 29 years, retiring in June of 1994.

In Jackson, he was a member of the Anderson United Methodist Church, serving in many capacities. After moving to Indianapolis, he joined the Barnes United Methodist Church, where he served faithfully for over 57 years and held offices including Superintendent and Treasurer of the Sunday School, Lay Leader, on the Council of Ministries, Chairman of Christian Education and Youth Coordinator.

A life member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Iota Lambda Chapter, he served as its President (1992-1994) and Dean of Pledges (1978-1984) & (1986-1990). He was bestowed the chapter's "Distinguished Service Award" and "Man of the Year Award." He was a member of the American Legion and Member Emeritus of the Roman's Social Club.

On Saturday, September 22, there will be visitation from 10am-12:00pm with a Celebration of Life Service at 12:00 p.m. at Barnes United Methodist Church, 900 West 30th Street, Indianapolis, and Tuesday, September 25 in Jackson, Mississippi.

Surviving loved ones include a devoted and loving wife of 58 years, Ethel L. Kelley Penquite; in-laws; step-mother, Susie Penquite, cousins, nieces and nephews and friends.

Final arrangements entrusted to Stuart Mortuary, Inc. and Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home, Jackson, MS.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Sept. 20, 2012
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