September 15, 1923 ~ February 22, 2006

Born in: HAywood Co.,
Resided in: Candler, NC

Virginia Wilson Penland, 82, of 28 Surrett Road, Candler, died Wednesday, February 22, 2006. Mrs. Penland was born in Haywood County and was a daughter of the late Robert Grayson and Jessie Pamela Lewis Wilson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Rice Penland, two sons, Rex Penland and Clayton Penland, a grandson, Kelly Laird, a great-grandson, Mark Laird, a sister and four brothers. She was a member of Mt. Moriah Wesleyan Church. Surviving are two daughters, Vivian James of Clyde and Betty Laird of Candler; two sons, Glen Swanner of Canton and Greg Penland of Candler; four sisters, Gertrude Harding of Candler, Mary Wilson of Canton, Margaret Egleson of Walkertown and Hilda Wilson of Winston-Salem; ten grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Pole Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis Thurman officiating. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue, where Mrs. Penland will remain until being placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Mountain Area Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Sorry to hear about your mother.You all are in our prays. May God Bless you all. If you need anything please lets us know.
    God Bless You
    Kathy,Jim & Cody

    Bob and Rene Hoglen

  2. Very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Penland was always one of my favorite patients and sorry I can’t attend her service. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.


    Greg Glance

  3. Betty,
    Helen & I would like to express our deepest and sincere sympathy to you and your family at this time. We realize what a tremendous loss this is to you and our kindest thoughts are with you.
    Roger & Helen Glance

  4. Betty and Family,

    We were so sorry to read this this morning. You know how very much she was loved by all of us. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Cindi, Lee, Rachel, Matthew and Ian

  5. Betty,

    We are so sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was a very very special lady and we will remember her always. You are in our prayers.

    Tom and Judy

  6. I’am very sorry about Virginia’s passing,she was a sweet woman.We will all miss seeing her sitting on her porch enjoying life.God Bless.


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