CHURCH HILL — Ray M. Penley passed away suddenly Sunday, Fathers Day, at 9:12 p.m. at the age of 82.
He was born Dec. 19, 1936, in Greene County. He and 12 brothers and sisters were lifelong local residents.
Ray worked for J.P. Stevens Glass Plant and retired from Tennessee Eastman in 1998.
In 2008, he was named second runner-up for the Tractor Supply Company Farmer of the Year Award. Ray devoted his later years to talking farming and talking and caring for the land, and talking.
Ray is survived by his loving wife of 40 years: Judy Starnes Penley.
Ray was the father of three beloved children, his surviving daughter: Lisa Penley and her husband, Gerald McCalla, of Alvin, Texas, and his grandson, Andrew Goldstein, and his wife, Elysha, of League City, Texas; his sons: Christopher, who at 21, and Nathan, who at 17, died in two separate auto accidents.
He is also survived by siblings: Carl Penley and his wife, Mary Lynn, of Unionville, Virginia, Helen Penley, of Kingsport, Mary Penley Bowen and her husband, Richard (Hagan), of Kingsport, Charlie Penley and his wife, Bea, of Greene County, and Donnie Penley, of Greeneville; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother: Lucille “Sis” Bolton Penley; his father: Burlie Penley; six brothers; and one sister.
The family will receive family and friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Carter-Trent Funeral Home in Church Hill. The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. in Carter-Trent Chapel with pastor Mitch Whisnant officiating.
A graveside service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Holston View Cemetery in Weber City, Virginia. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m.
To express condolences to the family visit www.cartertrent.com.
Carter Trent Funeral Home, of Church Hill, is serving the Penley Family.