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James E. Penney

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James E. Penney Obituary
James E. Penney, 89, passed away, surrounded by his family, on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, in Alamogordo. He was born March 17, 1923, in Arbala, Hopkins County, Texas, to Joseph Asberry and Ethel Annie (Martin) Penney.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and served in the South Pacific during World War II until April 1945. He re-enlisted as a charter member of U.S. Air Force in 1947 and retired in 1965.
He worked for the Department of the Army at White Sands Missile Range from 1965 to 1978 in missile flight safety.
Mr. Penney was a member of the Masonic Lodge for more than 54 years. He was active in the Sacramento No. 24 Masonic Temple in Alamogordo, where he was worshipful master in 1989 and a 32-degree KCCH member of the Scottish Rite in Las Cruces. He was also a Shriner, past master of the Mountain Top Daylight Lodge No. 81 in Timberon and a member of the Tularosa Lodge.
He was very knowledgeable and well read in U.S. presidents, baseball, automobiles and aircraft, and earned a private pilot's license.
He is survived by his wife of 62 1/2 years, Florene Smith Penney, of the family home; his sons Eddy Penney and wife, Terry, and Dan Penney and wife, Joyce; his daughter Joan Hawkins and husband, Roger; daughter-in-law Vickie Penney; and numerous grandchildren - and he loved each and every one of them.
He was preceded in death by his son Jary Paul Penney in 2009; his parents; and his brothers and sisters.
Memorial services will be Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Sacramento Lodge No. 24 Masonic Temple, 1100 Vermont Ave., Alamogordo.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Masonic Charity Foundation, P.O. Box 25004, Albuquerque, in James Penney's memory.
The Penney family has entrusted their loved one to the care of PCS Direct Cremation Services. To sign the online register book, please visit
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Aug. 23 to Sept. 22, 2012
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