John Weldon ‘Jack’ Pennington

Published 8:50 am Sunday, February 4, 2018

Mr. John Weldon “Jack” Pennington, 88, of North Main Street, Mocksville, died at his home Saturday morning, Feb. 3, 2018.

He was born Feb. 13, 1929, in High Point to the late William Miller and Frances Poindexter Pennington. In 1938, the family moved to Mocksville his father acquired the Chevrolet dealership. After the death of his father in 1951, he and his partner, O.K. Pope, acquired the dealership. Mr. Pennington remained a life-long fan and supporter of the UNC Tarheels basketball team following his graduation from UNC in 1951 with a business degree.  He was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. He  married Lettie Sheek on Dec. 26, 1950.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army from 1952-1954, having served during the Korean Conflict. American historical, political memorabilia and antique bottles were a lifelong hobby and in 1980, following his retirement from Pennington Chevrolet, he became a dealer at many antique shows and flea markets.  For the past 15 years, he enjoyed selling on eBay and ran Vintage Authentic Americana. He was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church in Mocksville where he was a servant and faithful choir member. He loved the music but especially his friendship with fellow choir members throughout the 72 years he was a member. He was a past president of the Mocksville Rotary Club and of the Mocksville Jaycees.

He was also preceded in death by an infant brother.

Survivors: his wife of 67 years, Lettie Sheek Pennington of the home; 2 daughters, Martha Pennington Rooney (Butch) and Betsy Pennington Ramsbotham, all of Mocksville; 4 grandsons, Andy Ramsbotham, Jack Rooney, Zeb Ramsbotham and Will Rooney; chess mate and special friend, Dr. Francis Slate; and beloved Siberian Husky, Jesse Clement.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6 at First United Methodist Church in Mocksville with Dr. Glenn L. Myers Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Cemetery.

Memorials: First UMC, 310 N. Main St., Mocksville, memo: choir.