He served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a longtime employee of Radford University.
Sugar Bear was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rhonda England Pennington; his parents, Glenn Thomas and Grace Virginia Pennington (nee Cox); and a brother, Glenn Thomas Pennington Jr.
Survivors include his son, Barrett Thomas Pennington of Pulaski; three brothers, Douglas Edward and Karen Pennington of Bumpass, and Gilbert Lee Pennington and Larry Michael “Sheep” Pennington of Dublin; in-laws Ed and Jerri England; and four nephews and two nieces, Christopher, Michael, Rett, Shane, Deretha, and Michelle.
Bear was blessed with many treasured friends and canine companions.
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
In lieu of flowers, please support a worthy organization providing services to veterans and their families.
A casual memorial service will be held at Mullins Funeral Home at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, with Pastor Richie Goad officiating.
The Pennington family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford. www.mullinsfuneralhome.com.