Richard Wayne Pennington, 82, passed away Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Durham VA Hospital surrounded by his family. 

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Robbins, NC with Pastor Ray Gooch officiating.  

Richard was native of Randolph county and a US Army veteran. Later, he and his wife Clara Needham Pennington made their home in Moore County. Richard loved working with his hands and was a master brick mason. He loved farming and was also known for coaching many little league and school ball teams. He was the son of the late Henry and Maude Pennington and was preceded in death by his wife Clara Needham Pennington, sister Donnaire Pennington and brother Vernon Pennington.

Richard is survived by his wife of nine years, Lessie Straughn Pennington; sons: Chris Pennington and wife Lynn; Patrick Pennington; Danny Pennington and wife Alana; brother: Larry Pennington of Asheboro; sister: Eva L Smith of Gray, Georgia; grandsons; Gage Pennington, Logan Pennington, Colby Pennington, Blake Pennington, Brett Pennington and Brian Nall, a special friend, who was like a son.  When he married Lessie he inherited the Straughn clan.  She had 2 sons, 1 daughter, 8 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren.   Maxie and Ivey have let him know what it is to have granddaughters. 

Memorials may be made to North Moore High School C/O North Moore High School Football Team, P.O. Box 9 Robbins, NC 27325.

Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the Pennington Family

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  1. Chris, your brothers and all the family. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for God’s peace and comfort during this time and for the days ahead. We remember your father as president of NMHS athletic boosters when Carla was a freshman and we joined, enjoyed working with him.

  2. Chris, Patrick, and Danny
    I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep all of the family in my thoughts and prayers.
    Richard was a rare find. He will be missed greatly by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him. RIP my friend!

  3. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Look to God’s Word for comfort. Read Psalm 23 and John 14 for help, strength and comfort to start with. Jesus Cares For You!!!

  4. My Sympathy to all the boys for the loss of your Dad! I still think of your Mom who was my neighbor growing up! I know this is hard but they will live on in your hearts!

  5. Chris, Danny, & Patrick,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your daddy was such good, kind man. He will be greatly missed. Sending lots of hugs and love your way.

  6. “Swede” as I knew him at Liberty High School was such a caring steadfast friend. He came to us while he was trying to care for his mother and siblings after his father’s death. He soon became our friend and classmate. We will miss his smiling face and his jokes! He loved coming to our reunions and always had a slew of stories to tell us. May each of you know what a wonderful man he was and know that there are many prayers being said for your family.

  7. To all of the family, I am so sorry for your loss and praying for you during this difficult time.
    I have many memories of Richard from back in the days when our boys were in school together. I especially remember the days of us working together in the NMHS boosters club. He was a dedicated, hard working man who loved and supported NMHS and the kids. He always strived to make things better for the athletes and all the students. Great memories were made and cherished!
    Sending love, hugs and prayers!❤️🙏

  8. My deepest heart felt sympathy to you each. Neighbors mean a lot. I am really going to miss
    seeing Richard passing by my house each day. He was a hard worker. I still find it hard to believe he is gone. Just know I am here for you. Praying for strength, comfort and peace.

  9. Sorry for the loss of Mr Richard or as I called him boss man. I enjoyed talking and working with him at chicken houses. We will keep your families in our thoughts and prayers He May be gone from this old world but you can always have him close by in your hearts

  10. Love and prayers for the family during this difficult time ✝️May you feel peace from your Heavenly Father and comfort from friends 🙏

  11. Dear Lessie- You are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Richard’s friendly smile and firm handshake is what I’ll miss. What a wonderful blessing for you both to have shared your lives together for 9 years! Lots of good memories…..

  12. We are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you all. 🙏💕 Richard is with the angels now! We will all see him again one sweet day! He flew away on the same day as my Daddy, only 7 years later. I can’t wait to see them both again! Love you all!

  13. I got to meet Mr. Pennington one time and we had the best conversation. He share some of his testimony how the Lord had bless him alone his life’s journey and I shared how the Lord was working in mind. I will never forget that moment we had together talking how God was in our lives we had tears of joy in our eyes. We both felt God’s presence that day. Now my brother in Christ is home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

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