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Henson & Rich Funeral Home
414 E. Mound Street
Harlan, KY 40831
Tel: 1-606-573-1362

Delbert Pennington

Born: Sun., Feb. 11, 1945
Died: Sun., May 8, 2016


6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Thu., May 12, 2016
Location: Henson & Rich Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Fri., May 13, 2016
Location: Henson & Rich Funeral Home

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Delbert Pennington JR, 71 of Nolansburg, was born on February 11, 1945 in Hyden, Kentucky and passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at Pikeville Medical Center. He was a heavy equipment operator and believed in the Baptist Faith.

He is preceded in death by: his parents, Delbert & Chloe Pennington; his brothers and sisters,Bruce Pennington, John M. Pennington, Eugene Pennington, Pauline Pennington, Martha Witt, Dallas Pennington, Betty Pennington and Paul Pennington.

He is survived by his son, Michael and wife, Melodie Pennington of Nolansburg; his grandchildren, Erica and husband, Daniel Trammell and Brandon Pennington; his great-grandchildren, Tyler James Trammell and Donovan Roberts. His brothers, Everett Pennington of Tennessee and Glen Pennington of Baxter. His sisters Evelyn Gabbard of Jackson, KY, Shirley Watts of Lexington, KY, Doris Turner of Bledsoe, KY, Joy Coldiron of London, KY and Sue Nolan of Teetersville and a host of family, friends and co-workers.

Visitation will be Thursday from 6-9 at Henson & Rich Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be Friday at 12 o’clock in the Chapel of Henson & Rich Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Toner officiating. Burial will follow at Brown Cemetery with Daniel Trammell, Brandon Pennington, Floyd Turner, Anthony Nolan, Patrick Blanton and Russell Turner serving as Pallbearers. Military Funeral Services will be performed by the Harlan County Honor Guard.

Henson & Rich has the Honor of serving the Pennington Family.

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Joe Jenkins, Angie Johnson & Aaliyah Lewis
   Posted Tue May 10, 2016
Delbert was one of the greatest people we knew. Always laughing and joking no matter how he felt. Never hesitated to help anyone if he could alot took advantange of that we were always very appreciative of every little thing he done for us. We always tried to do what we could to return the favor weather it be cleaning his house, fixing something on his trucks, running into the store for him fixing the computer or just bringing him some chilli Angie made that he loved so much and said quote " You should Put a Patton on that stuff. Thats the best chilli I've ever had." LOL. To bringing him gifts on veterens day one a hat that had vetnem vet on it and the other he called his most prize possesion...The framed picture Angie made him with his name and patches from their uniforms and she even added a purple heart that he never gotten but she thought he deserved..when it was given to him he cried..he was extremely proud of that!! Aaliyah who called him "Papaw D.P." even wrote about him on 911 telling her class he was in the trade center when the plane crashed (LOL) he thought that was really funny when he read her paper she wrote he just laughed and said "It makes me feel good she calls me Papaw D.P." He loved her and she loved him and thought the world of her papaw D.P.. Gosh theres so much you could say about Ol' Delbert that I could go on and on. You will never find a better man than he was would give you his last dime if you needed it and go out of his was to help you if he could and didnt care a bit and never expected anything in return. He was the kindest most humble soul and had the biggest heart on any person that I know. The world lost a amazing Man but Heaven gained a awesome Angel.. R.I.P Papaw D.P. you are loved beyond words and will forever be missed more than you could imagine.. we will always bethankful for everything you done for us and most of all we will always cherish your friendship and are extremely honored and lucky that we had the opportunity to know such an amazing man like you...We love you and miss you Delbert..

Danny and Shelly brown
   Posted Tue May 10, 2016
Mike, Mel
We are truly sorry for the loss of Delbert. Know him for many years. Losing Delbert was like losing my dad again. It very hard to lose a loved one. I don't know if I will ever go to Dairy Queen again I see dad and Delbert sitting over at the sign drinking coffee. He will be missed by many I know you will miss him. If you need to talk or anything all you have to do is call us. Our number is 9096262 9093109 call us if you need anything sorry again for your loss

matt plantz
   Posted Thu May 12, 2016
prayers and condolences on the loss of a loved one. Junior was a very special person to us all and he will be greatly missed. May he always watch over his family from heaven with a smile and fond memories.

Melanie Shoemaker
   Posted Tue May 17, 2016
Delbert was a great man. I just heard the terrible news. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I'm sorry for your loss.