Grover Lee Penland

grover penland
Grover Lee Penland, 84 of 49 Mid Court Drive, Asheville, died Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at his residence. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Reggie Elmer and Lila Sheppard Penland and is also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Bridges Penland. He was an Army veteran of WWII where he received a Purple Heart, Expert Sharp Shooter 4 Bronze Service Stars with 1 Bronze Service Arrowhead and several other awards. He was a member of VFW Post #891 and a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. Mr. Penland is survived by a daughter, Joyce Penland Pike and her husband Carroll of Weaverville; a son, Bill L. Penland, Sr. and his wife Phyllis of Asheville; sisters, Marjorie Robinson and her husband Vono of Leicester, Ivory Parham and her husband Morris of Leicester and Dolly Crabtree of Weaverville; a brother, Bob Penland and his wife Pauline of Leicester; grandchildren, Kim Pike and Mary Beth Pike of Weaverville and Chip Penland, Jr. and Trina Haney of Asheville; two great-granddaughters and companion and special friend Velma Hensley. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Sunday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Reverend Michael Funderburk officiating. Burial will follow at Western Chapel United Methodist Church. His family will receive friends from 7:00-8:30 pm Saturday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue.

View current weather.

Memories Timeline


  1. Everybody thank you for helping my family and myself through this terrible time. Also thank you’s are given to my friends from school, and work.My grandfather was a wonderfull man in every way. The world will never be the same without a Grover Penland around. To the family and friemds please remember that although it is hard on us it is easy on him because he’s in HEAVEN, with out a doubt. When praying for our family please remember Velma Hensley, she has been his FAMILY for eleven years. Please keep praying! Thats what he would tell you. And to POP: I love you and will always love you! Please tell Nanny I said hey. I miss you more with every minute that passes. I promise I will see you one day, so no goodbyes will do. See ya later.
    -Mary Beth

  2. Grover was my Special friend, pal and buddy. We rode many miles together and I wish I could have went the last mile with him. I loved him and he will always be in my heart. I will miss him so much, and I will see him again one day!

  3. Dolly, We are deeply sorrowful for you and your familys loss. Our Prayers are with you.

    Ruby, Leonard, Mel, and Ronnie Harwood.

  4. On behalf of the Pikes I would like to thank everyone for everything they have done for us. This is the time we need friends and their prayers. I thank my friends and family for being with me when they have problems themselves. You are great. I will not forget you and what you have done. May God give you peace so you can remember the good times you had with him. You will see him again. I’m sure of that.
    Daddy, I will miss you until the day I see you again. You will always be in my heart. Give my mom a hug and tell her that I love her. Don’t forget about us down here. Your loving daughter.

  5. Our thoughts and prayers go to the Penland and Pike families at this time. We love you all so much. Thank you for including mamaw (Velma) and us in the arrangements. That was so sweet, kind, and considerate. Even though we are not blood we always felt that Grover and you all were part of our family. He sure will be missed out here driving that little green truck into the driveway to pick up mamaw and taking off. They sure spent a lot of good times together. We are so thankful that God allowed Him and you all to be a part of our lives. May God Bless You and comfort you at this time. Our doors are always open and you all are always welcome. We love you.
    The Richard Henderson Family.

  6. I wanted to let all of you know I am praying for you in the days to come. Joyce your Dad will always live on your heart. As I have already told you he is home where he belongs now with your Mom. We will all get together again some day.

  7. Hey Pop,
    How are you? I am good. I miss you alot! Thanksgiving was not the same without you, not at all! I cant belive in less that a week it is going to be Christmas. WOW! I miss you so much! the only thing I want for Christmas is to give you a hug! I love you Pop. tell Nanny I love her too!

  8. Hey Pop. How are you doing today? I am doing ok! I wonder what you spend you days doing? Mabey sleeping b/c you could never sleep well here? Or mabey fishing b/c you didnt get to go this year! What ever you are doing today, I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you! Oh by thr way. I got my pictures back, they turned out great! Wish that you were here so I could give you one! well I will let you get back to what you were doing! Have a great day! I love you! Nanny, I love you too! I cant wait to be with you again!

  9. Hey Pop
    Yesterday was 1 month ago that you left us! I miss you more and more every day! I hope you are having fun with nanny and the rest of your family! Thank you for helping the doctors find something wrong with mom so that they can fix it! Thank you for loving me and watching over me. Help me to be strong for mom! I will see you later! Good night Pop. I love you!

  10. Hey. I know that you are asleep right now but I found this and thought of you!

    If tears could build a stairway, and memories were a lane, we would walk right up to heaven, and bring you home again. No farewell words were spoken, No time to say goodbye. You were gone before we knew it, And only God knows why. Our hearts still ache in sadness, and secret tears still flow. What it meant to me to lose you, No one will ever know. We know that you want us to remember the good times, and the happy times when we laughed together. Pop, you will never be forgotten, we promise to you, a place within our hearts where you will always be!

  11. Hey Pop. How are you? I am good! I miss you so much, and I think of you ever day! Christmas was not Christmas without you. Nothing is the same anymore. How is Nanny? Great I am sure! I miss her too! I know you know by now but I wanted to tell you that I am getting married. I am very excited and I wish more than anything that you could be there with me! I know that you and Nanny will be there but I wish I could have a hug. So when I am standing there about to say I do will you give me a sign that you are there? I love you and miss you soooooo much! Good Night!

  12. Hey pop. I hope that you have had a great day! I wanted to tell you happy fathers day! I also wanted to ask you to watch over daddy in the hospital. I know that you will take care of him for us! Also will you pray for me that I get this Job! well pop I love you! Hugs and Kisses! HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!!!!!!!!

  13. Hey Pop. I was just sitting here thinking of you! I know you know how much I miss you! I feel if I can write to you I wont go crazy, but then again I feel as if Iam crazy. Things have changed so much since you have passed! Sabrina is getting so big! She really misses you. She does not know what to think. I get my pictures today. I feel like you should still be here so I can give you one!People say it gets easier with time but I dont see how! I think of you all the time! Well it is getting late. I need to get to bed! I love you. Hugs and Kisses!

  14. I miss you so much! I think of you every minute. I can only imagine how you felt after nanny died and for 15 years after that! I cant wait to see you again. I can only imagine what heaven is like. Watch over us please. I need to feel like you are with me! I love you. night night!


  16. Hey Guys,
    I am sorry i wont get to be there for the family but you all are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray GOD give you strength to make it thru this…..I LOVE YOU ALL!!,

  17. I will be praying for the comfort of my Uncle Grovers immediate family. He was truly a good man.

  18. I didnt know Grover but I have heard lots of stories from my papaw about him. Sounds like he was a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this time of sorrow. He is with all his family that has gone on before him now. Donna Farmer(grandaughter of Elmer ‘Len’ Penland

  19. I would like to thank everybody that has supported our family in this time of need.I love you Pappaw and i will never forget you.I miss you already. CHIP

  20. This is a really hard time for everyone who knew our Grandfather! He was such a special and considerate person! Thank you’s go out to everyone who has helped us in one way or another! Thank you so much everyone! POP WE MISS YOU SO MUCH AND LOVE YOU EVEN MORE THAN WE MISS YOU! WE WILL ALL SEE YOU AGAIN ONE DAY! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU TAUGHT US!

  21. Hey pop,
    how are you? I am great! I start my new job friday. I am so excited! I miss you. how is nanny? I am sure she is great since you are with her! I thought of you alot yesterday and more and more as christmas gets closer. It wont be the same without you this year! It wont even seem like christmas! I know that you are watching over me because everthing is going great latley. i wanted to tell you that I love you. Talk to you later!

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle