Lemelia Wilson Penley

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Lemelia Wilson Penley, 74, of 142 Hemphill Road, Asheville, died Tuesday, March 5, 2002.

Mrs. Penley was born in Buncombe County and was a daughter of the late Fred and Florence Gryder. She was married to Charles A. Wilson who died in June, 1966 and Paul Richard Penley who died February, 1996.

She was retired from the C.P. Clare Co. and was a member of Biltmore Church of God where she was a Sunday School teacher for 50 years.

Surviving are three sons, Danny Wilson and Wendell Wilson of Asheville and Tim Wilson of Charlotte; six stepchildren, Cindy Colton of Swannanoa, Renee Turner, Shane Penley, Richard Penley and Edward Coleman of Asheville and Tommy Penley of Tennessee; one sister, Lemedith Puckridge of Asheville; four grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Thursday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Daniel Allen officiating. Burial will be at Gashes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Her family will receive friends from 7 - 8:30 pm Wednesday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue and at other times will be at the home of Lemedeth Puckridge, 136 Hemphill Road.

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  1. Mutt has been a kind and loving sister-in-law and we will miss her, but we know she is now in a wonderful place with her loved ones. May our prayers give you the courage and strength you need at this sad time.

  2. Granny Mutt touched the lives of so many people and left an indelible mark on my life and I am sure the lives of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. There are lessons I learned from her about putting God first, loving, caring, kindness and faith that I will carry with me forever. I will always remember her soft voice and the way her words came out like a song. If ever there were a person on this earth who deserves a home in Heaven, it is Granny Mutt. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

  3. We’re sorry to hear of your lose. We know she’s in a better place now, No more sickness and no more pain.
    May God be with you all in this time.
    We all love ya, And if there is anything we can do feel free to let us know.

  4. Just a word to say how much we loved Sister Penley, and how much we will miss her. Our prayers are with her family.

  5. Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mrs Penley. ‘Mutt’ was a dear sweet Lady.

  6. Its been 2 weeks since Granny Mutt left to go home. Her reward in heaven will be great. She deserves it. Such a loving and beautiful person. She always sacrificed herself for others and give everyone unconditional love. I hope to be with her again one day. I miss you so much Mutt. God has done so much work through you. That is the one thing that stands out most about you. We did hear you and we know that if we want to be with you again we’ll do what you said. Thank you Mom. Love Renee

  7. Granny,
    It’s been 8 years since you have went home. Here lately it’s been the hardest time for me. I graduate June 12th and i have told everyone that the only person i want there is you but i know you will be there with me walking right beside me. You are truly my guardian angel. I wouldn’t be who i am today if i wouldn’t of had you in my life. You were an extraordinary person and you are truly missed. I didn’t understand things and i wish it would of been different but i know you are home and i will see you again one day! I love you granny and miss you very very much!!!!!!

    Love always and forever,
    Your Sunshine

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