The service of praise and celebration for the life of Caldonia Pennie will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 2008, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Kelvin Kelley officiating. Burial will follow in Greenleaf Cemetery. Mrs. Pennie will lie in respose at Mt. Zion from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday with the family present from 6 until 7.
Caldonia Geneva Turner Pennie was born May 27, 1917, to the union of Carey Turner and Lila Bell Turner at Jenkins Place located 2 1/2 miles south of Caldwell, Texas. Having accepted Christ at the age of 9, she united with the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church of Caldwell, Texas, at a revival conducted by the late Rev. A. L. King. The late Rev. W. P. Perry was the pastor. The Turners moved to the Freeman Town- Caldwell, Texas, when she was 5 years of age. During childhood Caldonia was mentally sharp, physically active, always cheered the elderly and encouraged those with disabilities. Mrs. Pennie was a graduate of Freeman High School (class of 1933) and Brenham High School (class of 1934). She also attended Prairie View A&M University.
Mrs. Pennie became the devoted wife of John Pennie on Dec. 12, 1940. This union was blessed with three daughters, Leola, Johnnie and Ethel, to whom she was a loving mother. Her sacrificial and unselfish acts demonstrated her deep love for her family. The couple moved to Brownwood, Texas, in December 1943.
In January 1944, she united with Mt. Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. N. C. Chappell. There she served in many capacities: President of the Women’s Missionary Society, Church Secretary, Director of the Baptist Training Union, Adult Sunday School teacher, Children’s Nursery Supervisor, and Announce-ment Clerk. She realized what it meant to call on God and be called by Him, and she pressed on in spite of her many trials. Mrs. Pennie was a faithful worker for the Lord until the very end. As an active community worker she was befriended by many and loved by everyone.
The Lord told her that it was time to rest and called her home on June 11, 2008.
She leaves to cherish her memory: three daughters, Leola Harris of Aurora, Colo., Johnnie Pennie of Katy, Texas, and Ethel Johnson of Houston, Texas; one son-in-law, Emmitt Harris of Aurora Colo.; two grandchildren, Nichelle Anhderson of Denver, Colorado and John Harris of Aurora, Colo.; one grandson-in-law, Sam Anderson of Denver, Colo.; two great-grandchildren, Nicolas and Morgan Anderson of Denver, Colo.; and a host of nephews and nieces; and her devoted caregiver of over three years, Babara Avie of Katy, Texas.
All arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Kirk Mortuary in Coleman.