Pennington, Sr., Robert Lee
Robert Lee Pennington, Sr., age 89, of Radford, Virginia, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, March 15, 2019. He was born on July 14, 1929, in Konnarock, Virginia, to the late Phoebe Blevins Pennington Hoosier and Carl Pennington. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving stepfather, Charlie Ray Hoosier, who raised him, and a brother, Carley Gene Pennington (Betty).
As a young man, his first job was with Burlington Industries running a sewing machine. From there he learned the trade of building and obtained his Class A Contractors license. As a contractor he built both commercial and residential buildings across the states of Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Washington DC. Some of the more notable buildings he supervised construction on include a large addition to the Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Burruss Hall at Virginia Tech, the Student Building at University of Virginia at Wise, Virginia, bank buildings located in Roanoke, Blacksburg, and Floyd, Virginia. When he stopped working on large projects, he started investing in properties and became a landlord in the City of Radford and Pulaski County.
Throughout his life he held a great love for music. He was a self -taught musician. He played the guitar, fiddle, banjo, keyboard, and harmonica, and sang bluegrass and country songs. He played music regularly at Floyd, Narrows, Blacksburg and Damascus, Virginia. Each summer one of his favorite places to go to play music and enjoy friends was on Big Reed Island Creek.
He loved his country and was proud of his family. He was a founding member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Lillydell, Virginia, where he served as a trustee, deacon and song leader. He was ordained by the church and held service in absence of the pastor.
Those left to cherish his memories are his children, Patricia Lindsey (Allan) of Hendersonville, NC, Bobby Pennington, Jr., (Vicky) of Chesterfield, Virginia and Donna Kirk of Roanoke, Virginia. His brothers, Scott Hoosier of Winter Haven, Florida, Cecil Hoosier (Della) of Amissville, Virginia, Roy Eugene Hoosier (Eva), Salem, Virginia and sister Minnie Carol Hoosier Hayes (Tom) of Lillydell, Virginia. He also, survived by nine grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 12:00-2:00 at Seagle Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 2:00. Interment will be at Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin, Virginia.
Flowers will be appreciated, but for those who wish, they may make a memorial contribution to Joy Ranch, A Home for Children, P. O. Box 727, Hillsville, Virginia 24343-0727. Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.seaglefuneralhome.com. The family of Robert Lee Pennington, Sr., has entrusted his services to Seagle Funeral Home, 415 North Jefferson Avenue, Pulaski, Virginia 24301.