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James Gordon Pennell Sr., 72, of Terre Haute, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at Union Hospital in Terre Haute.
He was retired as a truck driver beginning his driving career with Commercial Lovelace and later with distributors terminal, both at Terre Haute. He was born April 26, 1945, in Terre Haute, to William David Pennell and Helen Vester Pennell.
Survivors include his wife, Sue Ella Day Pennell, whom he married Oct. 14, 1965, in West Terre Haute; three sons, James G. Pennell Jr., Garold L. Pennell and his wife Michelle and Mark A. Pennell; two daughters, Diana Smerage and her husband Paul and Patricia Cesinger and her husband Bill; two sisters, Judy Thompson and her husband Loyd and Frances Walters; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Howard and Mary Ruth Pennell and Verlin and Carolyn Pennell; 13 grandchildren, Heather Compton, Jessica Pennell, Jennifer Pennell, Stacy Wills, James G. Pennell III, Molly Dispennett, Heaven Turner, Alyssa Targett, Andrew Gallagher, Kayla Pennell, Mark A. Pennell Jr., Gracie Pennell and Luke Pennell; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Eugene Pennell and Bill Pennell; and two sisters, Betty Fields and Gloria Haskett.
He was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 144 in Terre Haute, where he served as a union steward. He was a member of the West Terre Haute Volunteer Fire Department in the 1970s.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday in Fitzpatrick Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Smerage officiating. Burial will be in New Harmony Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and prior to services Friday.
Published on October 31, 2017
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