Charles Penick, Sr.

Charles Penick, Sr.

Monday, January 18th, 2021
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Charles Garland Penick Sr., age 90, passed on Monday, January 18, 2021.
Charles (Charlie) was preceded in death by his parents Bertie Shrader Penick and Josiah Penick. He was also preceded in death by all of his brothers and sisters and many cousins. He was the last remaining member of his family.
Surviving is his wife, Violet Dawn Penick, of Fredericksburg, his sons and wives Dr. Charles (Chuck) Penick and wife, Kim, of Fredericksburg, Va., and Revs. Joseph (Joe) Penick and wife Caroline, of Frostburg, Maryland. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Seth Penick and wife Amanda of Chester PA., Kelly Penick of Fredericksburg, Gabriel Penick, Stephanie Wilt and husband Stephen of Frostburg, as well as three great-grandchildren: Lee, Cobe, and Carter, and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.
Charlie grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, where he graduated from William Byrd High School and then worked for a short time with GMAC. After that, he enlisted into the Air Force, serving four years in the military and stationed in several airbases. His two sons were born in Salina, Kansas, while he was stationed there. After his time in the military, Charlie went back to working for GMAC in the accounting department in Roanoke, Richmond, and Washington D.C., where he later became a department supervisor. After retiring from the GMAC branch near Washington D.C., Violet and Charlie moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where they spent many enjoyable years establishing many good friendships. While there, Charlie had several part-time jobs. Charlie and Violet moved back to the Roanoke area, living in Vinton, Virginia, where they lived for many years. Charlie and Violet were married for 68 wonderful years. Over the years in all of their places of residence, Charlie was a regular churchgoer, being especially active in several Presbyterian churches serving as deacon and elder. He also enjoyed volunteering with the Salvation Army and other outreach ministries. After many good years in the Roanoke area, he and Violet moved to Fredericksburg to be closer to their son Chuck, where they were residing at the time of Charlie’s passing.
Charlie had a deep respect for our veterans and enjoyed special relationships over the years with many war veterans. He was very active in several Veteran support groups and was personally responsible for obtaining badly needed disability payments for several WWII combat veterans.
Charlie will be missed by his family and friends who enjoyed his kind ways with his funny wit and interesting stories. He had real wisdom about life that many people benefited from. He developed several hobbies over the years and enjoyed going to movies, watching many of them with his son Chuck. He especially liked westerns and high-action, fast-paced adventures. Along with watching movies, he enjoyed reading many different types of books, fiction, and nonfiction. Charlie’s outside pastime was going for walks in many different settings with his wife, especially the mountains and the Greenway. In later years, Charlie enjoyed walking in the senior community where they lived, especially to the local duck pond, appreciating the peaceful, serene life that nature provided for him. He loved capturing these special moments through photography and often shared his pictures with family and friends. Charlie’s love for the simple and beautiful things in nature was special for those with him. His flower bed with names of individual people labeled on each flower was something unique that he was proud of. Charlie enjoyed watching sporting events, especially football, basketball, and golf, at all levels from, college to professional.
There will be a memorial graveside service on Saturday, January 30th at 11:00 a.m. at the Antioch Church of the Brethren Cemetery in Franklin County, Virginia.
Donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 2381 Roanoke Blvd, Salem, VA 24153 (Roanoke Chapter 3) 540 345-1774, or the Salvation Army of Roanoke, 724 Dale Ave SE, Roanoke, VA 24013. (540) 343-5335.
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Willie and Nancy LENART Huff

Posted at 03:37pm
Charlie was Willie’s Boy Scout buddy and friend through youth. Careers and families took the middle years but we reconnected some 30 years ago and thereafter shared many fun, memorable times together. Charlie had a wit and positive attitude which we’ll remember always. We are so grateful for this friendship and our deepest sympathies go out to Violet and the family.

Michael Hewitt

Posted at 10:51am
Dear Chick, and Km and Family, I was saddened to read of your Dad's passing. I did not have the honor of meeting him, but knowing you Chuck, he certainly was a fine man. I send my heartfelt sympathy, and know you will be comforted by a lifetime of loving memories. Mike Hewitt

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