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1943 Penelope 2021

Penelope Mcwhirt

January 5, 1943 — January 22, 2021

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia on January 5, 1943 Departed on January 22, 2021 and resided in Hendersonville, Tennessee

Penelope Jones McWhirt died January 22, 2021 at Alive Hospice in Nashville.

Penny was born January 5, 1943 in Portsmouth, VA to parents William and Frances Jones. She was their only daughter and became big sister to brothers Bill and Tim. She graduated from Cradock High School in 1961. From there she attended James Madison University where she majored in psychology. She didn't finish college because she met her husband, Charles, and they married on March 29, 1964.

Penny became mother to three children - Jennifer, Teresa and Scot. After her children were grown and on their own, Penny and Charles traveled together in their Bluebird bus, nicknamed Charlie's Pride, enjoying the specific kindness of campground visitors all over the country.

After Charles' untimely death from cancer in 1994, Penny relocated to Hendersonville, TN, where she lived until her passing. She was a member of Belmont United Methodist Church, and her family is grateful for the pastoral care provided by that community, as well as the graceful care of Alive Hospice in Nashville, TN.

Penny was a generally serious person, but nothing delighted her more than her four grandchildren: Sarah, Amanda, Sean, and Abby, and she welcomed Sarah's spouse, Clay, into the fold of her love and care. Recently, Penny's heart was captured by her two great-grandchildren, Brayden and Frances. Many of Penny's favorite memories center on these seven people including seeing Sean and Abby receive a puppy for Christmas in California, taking pride in Amanda's effort to earn an education, delighting in the career paths of Sarah and Clay, watching Cars over and over with Brayden, and dancing with Frances as well as reading and giving scooter rides to her great-grandchildren.

Penny is preceded in death by her parents, William and Frances, and her husband, Charles. She is survived by her brothers: Billy (Kit) and Tim (Debbi); her children: Jennifer, Teresa (Ken), and Scot (Maria); her grandchildren: Sarah (Clay), Amanda, Sean and Abby; her great-grandchildren, Brayden and Frances, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and beloved friends.

Additionally, Penny's lap was often occupied by her Coton de Tulear, Daisy, who she affectionately referred to as her "little imp". Penny loved her dog, and she cared deeply for the education of young people so in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nashville Freedom Schools ( and the Malagasy Coton de Tulear Preservation Club (MCPC, PO Box 10933/Prescott, AZ 86304).

Private burial followed by a digital Celebration of Life at a later date.

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