Richard Lee “Rick” Pennell

Posted at 10:48 PM on Sep 30, 2018


Richard Lee “Rick” Pennell, age 67, of Taylorsville passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at Valley Nursing Center. Rick was born June 5, 1951, in Iredell County to the late Miller Pennell and Louise Connolly Pennell Adams of Hiddenite.

Rick was an electrician and carpenter and of the Baptist faith. He served in the Army 1969 to 1979, and did two tours in Vietnam.

While in the Army, Staff Sgt. Pennell was awarded the National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), Armed Conduct Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal (2nd to 12th), Air Medal with V Device, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Aircraft Crew-man Badge, Overseas Service Bars (3), Expert Badge M16 Rifle, Vietnam Service Medal, and National Defence Service Medal.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two sons, Jerry Lee Pennell and Rickey Pennell Jr.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his three brothers, Jerry Pennell and wife Vernice, Craig Pennell, and Mike Pennell and wife Anita; and two grandchildren, Ezra Pennell and Kassie Pennell all of Hiddenite.

Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2018, at Fairview Baptist Church. Rev. Durant Barr and Rev. Bradley Baity will officiate. Burial will follow in the Church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. prior to the service.

Condolences may be e-mailed to the Pennell family at

Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the Family of Richard Lee “Rick” Pennell.

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