Bobby Ray Pennington

Bobby Ray Pennington passed away in his home on May 23, 2020.  Bobby Ray Pennington was born on August 4, 1941, in Butler County, Missouri to Lula Johnson and Raymond Pennington. 
Bob joined the Air Force on the 11th of January in 1960.  While stationed at the Pentagon, he met and married his wife of 52 years, Gladys “Tippy” Tipsword.  Tippy was stationed at Fort Myer in Virginia and met Bob while working in her capacity as an Army medic.  They married on March 7, 1968, in Arlington, Virginia. 
Bob and Tippy had their first daughter, Debbie (Brian) Woods on Jan 28, 1969.  They had their second daughter, Delorres (Ken) Morris on November 13, 1970.  They had their only son, Michael (Shanna) Pennington, on June 4, 1972.  Bob retired from the Air Force in 1980 and moved to Mount Vernon, Missouri to be near his Mother and siblings.  
Bob worked for the State of Missouri, Division of Family Services from 1981 to 2001.  Upon retirement, Bob enjoyed golfing, slot machines, bingo, Chuck Norris movies and yelling at tailgaters.  He was a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan after meeting Tom Landry in Texas in the early 1960’s.
Bob served as a Vice Commander of the Mt Vernon American Legion Post 137, and Chaplain for District 15 of the American Legion.  Bob was a member of the Mt. Vernon Christian Church for many years.  
Bob is survived by his wife, Tippy, three children, six grandchildren, one brother, Buddy Dale (Cindy) Pennington, one sister, Mary Garrett and a moody cat. 
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Lula, three brothers, Harold Hendrix, Willis Fred Hendrix, Billy Joe Hendrix and one sister, Ruth Hailey.
A visitation under the direction of the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon was held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at the Mt Vernon Christian Church on McVey Street. A funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 29, 2020, at the church.  Burial followed at the Mt. Vernon IOOF Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to the Mt Vernon American Legion Post 137 in care of the funeral home.
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