Garrett Eugene Penland

garrett penland

June 19, 1929 ~ November 17, 2023

Born in: Asheville, North Carolina
Resided in: Arden, North Carolina

Garrett Eugene Penland, native of Asheville, passed away on November 17th 2023, at the Laurels of Greentree Ridge. He was 94 years old.

He was married to Mary June Lance Penland for 63 years. She died this fall and he missed her terribly.

He is survived by his daughter, Adele Penland Boyce; a son, Travis Penland (Virginia), and three grandchildren: Meredith L. Boyce, Garrett Evan Penland, and Henry Penland.

He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Penland and the last member of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by his siblings; Blanche Penland Pruett, Evelyn Penland Blau, “Jackie” Bertha Mae Penland, “Bill” Charles L. Penland, James A. Penland, John G. Penland, Paul Lee Penland and Modena Penland Brown.

Garrett served in the US Naval Reserves on the U.S.S. Tills, a destroyer, from 1948-1952 cruising between the Caribbean and European waters.

He proudly worked for Dr. T.C. Smith Drug Wholesalers in Asheville for his entire career. He was a salesman in the WNC territory.

He graduated from Plonk School of Creative Arts in Asheville. He was a founding member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church which he attended faithfully. He made sure to greet everyone who entered.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 26, 2023 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 223 Hillside Street, Asheville, NC 28801. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm at the Church with Reverend Stephanie Foretich-McKey officiating.

Burial will follow at Calvary Episcopal Churchyard in Fletcher.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.


Visitation: November 26, 2023 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

St. Paul's United Methodist Church
223 Hillside Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Funeral Service: November 26, 2023 2:00 pm

St. Paul's United Methodist Church
223 Hillside Street
Asheville, NC 28801


Calvary Episcopal Churchyard
Hendersonville Road
Fletcher, NC 28732

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. So sorry to learn of your father’s passing. May you find peace that your parents are together again and watching over your and your family.

  2. Travis, Adele, & family — This is sent on behalf of all The Lawings. We send our love and condolences to you on this immense loss. Mr. Penland was a special man and dear neighbor to us all.

  3. I worked at Mission Hospital pharmacy and Garrett would visit us every week. He was a kind man and a great representative of TC Smith. Only fond memories

  4. Garrett, thank you for the love and appreciation you showed all of us at Beverly Hills Styling for so many years. You were a True Gentleman!! With the most gorgeous hair there was. I know you lite up Heaven when you arrived!! Until we are all together again. Love Tanya Gosnell🙏🙏♥️

  5. I have such fond memories of Garrett growing up and being greeted at the church door every Sunday. His smile would light up the sanctuary. He was a wonderful man.

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