William L. Pennington

December 10, 1935August 19, 2013

William (Bill) Leo Pennington went to be with Jesus, his Savior, on Monday, August 19, 2013. He was at Aultman North Therapy where he exercised weekly and experienced Ventricular Arrhythmia (high heart beat). He didn’t suffer but was gone immediately. He was taken to downtown Aultman and was pronounced dead. He was a native of Siloam Springs, AR. Bill completed High School and joined the U.S. Navy. After four years in the Navy he came back to Siloam Springs and attended John Brown University, a Christian College whose founder, John Brown Sr., was from the Salvation Army. He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Bill also was a member of the Arkansas National Guard. He married Wilma Marie Wood, also a graduate of JBU. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 18, 2013. They lived in Bloomington, IN for four years while Bill worked at Sarkes Tarzian in Quality Control, then at Central Coil for six months. He then accepted a job at Diebold Inc. in the Alarm Division Tech Support and retired after 34 years in 2001.

Bill grew up in Southern Baptist Church in Arkansas and attended the same denomination in Bloomington. When in North Canton, OH he attended Trinity Baptist for 15 years and Cathedral of Life in Canton, OH for 31 years where he served as Head Usher. He loved to read his Bible, Christian books, and Reader’s Digest, playing his guitar, liked nature, listening to sports, and sing. Bill was a loving husband. He was diligent and faithful in all ways of life. Honest and devoted, he enjoyed serving the Lord and being with people.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde (in 1982) and Hazel (in 2008) Pennington. Bill is survived by his wife, Wilma; brother-in-law, John Freedman Wood of Springdale, AR; brother, Robert (Doris) Pennington of Harrison, AR; sister, Betty (Joe) Nevills of Crowder, OK; three nephews, Steven Pennington of Conway, AR, Wayne (Kerri) Nevills of Clovis, CA, Larry (Larae) Nevills of Plano, TX; four great-nephews, Zack, Nick, A.J., and Seth Nevills of Clovis, CA; two great-nieces, Marissa Nevills of Arlington, TX and Catherine Nevills of Plano, TX; also many cousins, friends, brothers and sisters in the Lord, and mothers of Zion.

Cremation will take place and a memorial service will be held at at the Cathedral of Life, 4111 38th St. NW, Canton, OH on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 7 p.m. with Pastor Dr. Dana M. Gammill officiating. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Cathedral of Life Building Fund.

The family would like to thank Aultman North Therapy, Downtown Aultman, and the North Canton Fire Department for the excellent care given to Bill during his emergency.


  • Memorial Service Monday, September 16, 2013

William L. Pennington

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Ruth Durnal Roberts

August 31, 2013

The whole Knox/Pennington family has suffered a great loss. We will miss Bill, and send love and condolences to Wilma.

August 28, 2013

enjoyed Usherring with you at C.O.L. Talking electrical engineering. I will miss you, darrell e osborne

Donna Lintner-Clark

August 28, 2013

Wilma and family,
Bill will be very much missed by all of us, but his Lord has first choice and He certainly did pick the best. My sincere condolences to you and your family. I will uplift you during this transition. God bless,

John & Gerri Pennington

August 25, 2013

We will always remember how great prayer warriors; Bill and Wilma were when I was in the hospital in Texas. I'm sure that their prayers saved my life.

Michael Elrick

August 25, 2013

Bill this world will be at a loss from your absence. It was a Honnor to have known you. Good buddy you will be missed. God Bless!

Jimmy Knox

August 24, 2013

Bill,I will miss you and thank of you often. Though not said but with Joy. I know you are in a great place and with a great loving Father, I know I will be with you and the rest of our love one someday.

Bill Pennington

August 24, 2013

Bill was one of our grandparents fourteen grandchildren and the first to be called home. I remember when he joined the navy there were some who thought it might be a mistake, but our granddad responded by saying: "Somebody's got to do it." I wish I could have seen him more often. Bill Pennington, Okeechobee, FL.

August 23, 2013

Wilma, we're holding you close and praying for you often that God will give you comfort and wisdom in all the decisions you need to make. One of the things I enjoyed about Bill was putting puzzles together with him. He was a very special brother to Bob and me. Love you, Bob and Doris Pennington

Rhonda Smith

August 23, 2013

My sincerest prayer and condolences go out to you Wilma in the passing of our beloved Bill. What a testimony of a life dedicated to our Lord. He is now in the arms of Jesus and we will see him again. God Bless You.

Jerry Moyers

August 23, 2013

Bill, I'm glad to have known and worked with you. I hope some day we'll meet again.