William Pennington, Jr.
William Pennington, Jr.

Obituary of William Herbert "Herb" Pennington, Jr.

William Herbert “Herb” Pennington, Jr., 75, of Kernersville, NC passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 15, 2024, after a long journey with Alzheimer’s disease.


Born in Oak Ridge, TN, Herb was the son of the late William Herbert Pennington, Sr., and Betty Jane Throckmorton Pennington.  In addition to his parents, Herb was preceded in death by his sister, Susan Pennington and brother, Stephen Pennington.


Herb was born on Christmas Eve in 1948 and always made sure his birthday was not overshadowed by another famous birth around that time.  He counted his birthday presents and Christmas presents for years to ensure he did not miss out on gifts.  As an adult, he was sure to get the dinner and dessert of his choice for his birthday.


He served in the National Guard, most notably rescuing flood victims, was a long-time blood donor with the American Red Cross inspiring countless others to do the same and he organized golf tournaments and toy drives for charities. Herb knew there was power in numbers so he organized and trained volunteers for air shows, sporting events, and many other fundraising endeavors over the years. 


Herb was a successful business owner for more than 30 years helping individuals and small business owners with their insurance needs.  He took pride in his work, always going the extra mile for his clients, serving on the board of professional local, state, and national associations for most of his career, and lobbying for changes in the insurance industry. 


Everyone who knew Herb, knew he was an avid skier.  Those fortunate enough to have skied with him, have memories to last a lifetime.  The love for skiing started with his parents and siblings, and carried on through his children, grandchildren, cousins, niece, and countless friends.  He loved to share the sport of skiing with others.  He taught so many people to ski, lied to almost as many about the color of the run they were about to ski down, and congratulated them afterwards always knowing they could do it.  There is no doubt that he his skiing every black diamond run effortlessly, while hitting every jump with the biggest spread eagle and smile on his face right now.


In the warmer months, Herb enjoyed working outside.  He loved to build things, including several additions to his house, anything his wife would ask for, and countless other projects he got himself into.  He was always ready to help a friend or neighbor in need, chainsaw in one hand, ladder in the other. 


Herb was raised in the church and attended many churches over the years, but it was not until he found Holy Cross that he found his home.  He converted to Catholicism the night before he was married.  He poured his heart and soul into the church and into his faith.  Herb helped organize ushers, sacristans, Eucharistic ministers, he authored instructional manuals, and served on most every committee he could over the years.  He was very active in the Knights of Columbus, serving as Deputy Grand Knight, Grand Knight, Faithful Captain, Faithful Navigator, and Faithful Admiral to name a few.  Former Pastor, Father Tom Fitzpatrick, once said, “If you ever see anyone in need, look beside them and you will find Herb.”


Herb eventually became the person in need.  He was a breast cancer survivor, prostate cancer survivor, and his heart stop 5 times in one day resulting a pacemaker, all while Alzheimer’s disease was present, but his faith in God never wavered.  It only became stronger. 


Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Carol Pennington; children, Matthew Pennington and wife, Barbara, Katharine Murdza and husband, Peter, Dawn Leifeste and husband, Brian, and Daniel Curia and wife, Lori; grandchildren, Megan Berry and husband, Peter, Jessica Snyder and husband, Sean, Jenna Curia, Clare Curia, Xander Pennington, Penelope Murdza, and Phoebe Murdza; great grandson, Samuel Snyder, and many nieces and nephews.


A prayer vigil will be held at 5pm Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel and the family will continue to greet friends there until 7:00PM.


A Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00PM Monday, May 20, 2024, at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Christopher Brock officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.  Immediately following, the Holy Cross Columbiettes will host a reception in the Salesian Hall located on the church grounds. 


In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) fund through the Rotary Club of Kernersville.  Checks should be made out to the “Rotary Club of Kernersville” and write “CART/Herb” in the memo.  Mail checks to Rotary Club of Kernersville c/o Fitzgerald Enterprises PMB 260, 5164 Reidsville Rd Walkertown, NC 27051.  Tax receipt available upon request.

Friends and family may offer online condolences at www.piercejeffersonfh.com



5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday, May 19, 2024
Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel
213 West Mountain Street
Kernersville, North Carolina, United States
(336) 904-1053

Funeral Mass

2:00 pm
Monday, May 20, 2024
Holy Cross Catholic Church
616 S. Cherry St
Kernersville, North Carolina, United States


Holy Cross Catholic Church Cemetery
616 S. Cherry St
Kernersville, North Carolina, United States
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