Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 15, 2013

Dr. E. L. Pennington


The Athens Review

Athens — Dr. Elbert Leroy Pennington was born Nov. 25, 1920 in Woodson County, Texas to the late Frank Pennington and Myrtle Kennedy Pennington.  He had been a resident of Tyler for six years, formerly living in Trinidad, Texas.  He was a minister for 60 years, and was a member of Lake Community Baptist Church in Dogwood City, Texas.

  As a “church planter,” he and his loving wife established 15 churches in California, Arizona and Texas.  He also participated in the establishment of “The Southern Baptist of Texas Convention” over 10 years ago.  He was given a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Criswell Foundation of Texas.  He was loved by many people, and will be greatly missed.

In his younger years, he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad, and returned to that profession later as a Supervisor of Transportation. He also was an avid golfer, and received many trophies in various tournaments. He served faithfully in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Dr. Pennington passed away at the age of 92 on April 2, 2013 in Tyler.

He was preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Dorothy Jean Pennington, and also by his youngest daughter, Carl Ruth Johnson.

Survivors include: his wife, Lema Marcine Pennington of Tyler; daughter, Dottie Smith of Tyler; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Malakoff.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted on behalf of Guidestone Foundation, which helps retired pastors and wives in need.