Billy Penn

MOUNT AIRY — Mr. Billy Penn, 72, of 166 Mount View Drive of Mount Airy, passed away. Mr. Penn was born on May 4, 1941, in Surry County to the late James Roland Penn and Nevada Smith Penn. He was called home on Friday evening, Aug. 30, 2013, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Billy Penn was a 1960 graduate of J.J. Jones High School in Mount Airy. After graduating from high school, he attended Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem. He graduated in 1965 with a bachelor of science degree in health and physical education. He substituted in the sixth grade classroom for Gladys Bailey at J.J. Jones School. He was hired for one year for the Horry County Board of Education, at Chestnut High School, at Ocean Drive Beach in South Carolina, teaching health and physical education and coaching the girls' basketball and the boys' football teams at Columbus High School in Lake View, South Carolina where they were the Lower State Champions for both years. It was at Columbus High School in Lake View that he met the love of his life, Aleathia B. Penn, and brought her home to mama and daddy. In 1969, Penn returned home and was employed by YVEDDI for 33 years. Before retiring, he rose in rank to one of the deputy executive directors. He has written CSBG (Community Service Block Grant) proposals for federal funds, Action applications for RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and Older American Act) for federal senior feeding programs, and weatherization applications for federal housing. He also wrote the proposal for the J.J. Jones Alumni Association to the county for getting the auditorium turned over to the alumni association. He leaves to cherish his memory a loving and devoted wife, Aleathia Brown Penn of the home; two beautiful daughters, Perhaps Penn of Birmingham, Ala., and Reminence Penn of Mount Airy; one adoring granddaughter, Lyric Penn, of Mount Airy; extended family Nevada Fuller of Durham, Jazmin Skipper of Concord, and Jamod Skipper and wife, Megan, of Mount Airy; Davontae Dobson and Dre Dobson of Mount Airy; two aunts, the Rev. Mildred Joyce of Fort Foote, Md., and Barbara East of Pilot Mountain; four sisters-in-law, Eunice Dubose of Queens, N.Y., Carol McIntosh of Blythewood, S.C., Lola Amola of Columbia, S.C., and Bea Bourne of Dallas; two brothers-in-law, Wilbert Brown of New Jersey, and Larry Brown of Blythewood; along with a host of nieces, nephews and lots of cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by one sister, Demetries Penn Smith; two brothers, Bobby Ray Penn and Ronnie Kay Penn. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Mount Airy. The Rev. Thomas Williams Jr. will be the eulogist and burial will follow in the Ararat Cemetery in Mount Airy. The Penn family will receive friends on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Edward J. Spencer and Pattie J. Spencer Memorial Chapel, 824 N. Main St., Mount Airy. Spencer Funeral Directors are in charge of all services and arrangements.

Published in Mount Airy Newspapers from Sept. 3 to Sept. 4, 2013