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October 21, 2021

Shirley Elizabeth Mayberry Pennell

Shirley Elizabeth Mayberry Pennell

Shirley Elizabeth Mayberry Pennell, 84, of Taylorsville, passed away at Catawba Memorial Hospital on July 18, 2020.

Born to the late Lloyd Richard and Mabel Catherine Duncan Mayberry, Shirley was a member at Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorsville. During her working career, she worked at Lewittes Furniture. Shirley enjoyed reading her Bible, watching Hallmark and old westerns movies, and she especially loved her family and grandchildren. Shirley will always be remembered as a storyteller and for always having a smile on her face.

In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Carl Pennell; grandson, Brandon Brown; niece, Barbara Smith; and a sister, Barbara Jean Mayberry.

Those left to cherish the memories of Shirley include her partner of 42 years, James Oxentine; two daughters, Alesia Pennell of Wilkes County, and Linda Pruitt of Taylorsville, six grandchildren, Bradley, Joshua, Tamera and Ryan Pennell, and Travis and AJ Brown; a sister, Mary Ann McAlpin; two half-sisters, Lottie Mayberry and Shelia Dutton; half-brother, Howard Mayberry; two step-brothers, Fred Blomeier and Lloyd Payung, all of Taylorsville; a total of 11 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Pennell’s body will Lie-in-State at Alexander Funeral Service on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and also on Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. A graveside service for Mrs. Pennell will be held on Saturday, July 25 at 11:00 a.m. in the Harrington Family Cemetery in Taylorsville. Rev. Taylor Miller will be officiating.

The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Harrington Cemetery Fund, care of Larry Harrington, 5790 NC Hwy. 16 N, Claremont, NC 28610.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.

Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

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