James Welmer Penna

March 10, 1930February 24, 2018

James Welmer “JW” Penna, 87 died Saturday, February 24, 2018, at his home in Bartlett, TN. He was born March 10, 1930, to Jessie Lee and Irene Elizabeth Smith Penna. He worked 41 years as a glazer. He was a long time member of Oakhaven Baptist Church. A celebration of life will be at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at McMillan Funeral Home with Minister Stephen Penna officiating with an eulogy delivered by David Penna. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.

He survived by his wife Virginia Brown Penna of 65 years, three children Brenda Byrd, David (Maria) Penna, LeAnn (Eddie) Willard, 11 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and his only sister Helon Hopkins.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:00 P.M. until service time at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 28, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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Joe Thompson

February 26, 2018

LeAnn, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father! Please know you are in my prayers!!!!

The Staff of Family Funeral Care Summer Avenue Chapel

February 25, 2018

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.