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Jim Pennington

Jim Pennington, 84 of Vernon Texas, passed away on
Monday, March 25, 2024, in Vernon, Texas.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 28, 2024, at
11 a.m. at First Methodist Church with Rev. Anthony Inman,
Rev. George Records, and Rev. Terry Tamplin officiating.
Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery under the direction
of Sullivan Funeral Home.
Jim was born on Dec. 13, 1939, in Christ the King
Hospital in Vernon, Texas. He was the son of Vernon and
Annabelle Pennington.
Jim attended Vernon High School and graduated in 1958.
He then attended Texas Christian University and graduated
from Midwestern University with a business degree. Jim ran and operated Vernon
Parts Company, a family owned business and machine shop which began in 1944.
During Jim’s younger years, he held a first-class radio-telephone license, and
amateur radio license and enjoyed many experiences with his ham radio friends.
Jim can also be remembered fondly for his nightly “Jim’s Jive” radio show on
KVWC for call in music requests by Vernon’s teenagers!
He held a private pilot’s license and pursued his love of flying for many years.
Jim enjoyed all activities at Lake Kemp from mowing his grass, to boating, to
exceling at water skiing and even barefoot water skiing. He taught many kids to
water ski.
Jim loved his home town of Vernon and was deeply involved with the community.
He was a member of First Methodist Church and attended First Presbyterian Church.
Jim was also a Master Mason and member of the Masonic Lodge and Masqat
Temple. He was also a long-time member of the Vernon Lions Club. Jim served
faithfully on the Herring Bank Board of Directors for over forty years.
Jim loved spending time with his friends and especially enjoyed his two daily
coffee breaks with his coffee “buddies” and Wednesday night “Deacon’s” group! Jim
also became an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan, and looked forward to every game!
He was preceded in death by his parents, Annebelle and Vernon Pennington, Sue
Moore Pennington, and his wife Vicki Pennington.
Jim is survived by his sons Andrew Pennington and Chris Pennington, cousins,
Kay Belew, Kim Christian, Theresa Bender, Vickie Pennington of California, and
numerous other cousins. Jim will also be missed by his longtime friend, Paul Hartin,
his beloved dog Mollie, and helper Eva.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 28, 2024, at First Methodist Church from 10
a.m. until services begin.
Memorials can be made to Vernon Boys & Girls Club, Wilbarger County Humane
Society, First Methodist Church, or First Presbyterian Church.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.

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