Jerry Allen Penley


KINGSPORT – Jerry Allen Penley, age 65, went to be with the Lord at Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol Tennessee on Friday, April 14, 2006, after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Penley was born in Wise County, Va., and resided in Kingsport most of his life. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Penley and Freddie Phillips Penley, and an infant sister, Clara Imogene. Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Carrie Gregory Penley of the home; one daughter, Ann Penley of the home; one son, Jerry Allen Penley II; and a very special daughter-in-law, Nicole Penley of Kingsport; sister and brother-in-law, Janice and Charles Jones of Kingsport; one brother, Charles Penley of Kingsport; one nephew, Scott Jones of Kingsport; a very special family friend, Faye White of Bristol; numerous cousins; and a multitude of friends from across the globe.

He retired from Eastman Kodak following 34 years of service, and was founder and owner of Penjacc Productions. Mr. Penley graduated from the New York Institute of Photography as a professional photographer and lover of the outdoors. His work is displayed across the world as far away as Switzerland, Japan, and Australia, as well as many other countries. He was a charter member and past president of The Kingsport Archaeological Society, past president of the Kingsport Bass Club, member of the Eastman Camera Club and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Mr. Penley also loved genealogy as a hobby and did research for friends across the world, some of which were published in books. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 18, 2006, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of Oak Hill Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted in the Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel at 1 p.m., with Rev. Steve Playl of Bristol officiating. Interment services will follow in Oak Hill Memorial Park at the conclusion of the service.

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The staff of Oak Hill Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations is honored to serve the family of Mr. Jerry Allen Penley.

Published in the Bristol Herald Courier on 4/16/2006.

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