January 21, 1939 ~ February 5, 2022
Born in: Woodfin, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Donald Ernest Penley, 83, passed away Saturday, February 5, 2022, at Mission Hospital.
Mr. Penley was born January 21, 1939, in Asheville to the late Archie P. and Ruth Elizabeth Arrington Penley. He was a graduate of Erwin High School and was a retired truck driver with Ingles. He was an active CB radio operator known by the handle “Matador”.
His grandchildren attended Oakley Elementary School and he actively volunteered there and was honored when they presented him “The Mighty Oak” award.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Smith Penley; daughter, Donna Hildebran and her husband Steve, grandchildren Kendale Hildebran and Kylee Hildebran; his cousin and best friend whom Donald considered a brother, Paul Capps and numerous nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Travis Penley, who was more like a son and affectionately called “Buber”.
A memorial service will be 4:00 p.m. Thursday at Elkwood United Methodist Church, 15 Elk Mountain Road, Woodfin, with Pastor Keith Dockins officiating.
The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to “The Don Penley Fund, A Heart that Continues to Give” at Oakley Elementary School.