Max Gardner Pennell, 88, of Jefferson, N.C., passed away at Johnson City VA Medical Center on November 24, 2018.

Mr. Pennell was born in Zionville, N.C., on July 20, 1930.

He was preceded in death by his parents, L.S. Pennell and Lennis Isaacs Pennell Davis; sister ,Anna Lee Beach of Zionville; and several half- brothers and sisters.

Max is survived by his wife, Charlotte (married 66 years); four sons, Max Eugene Pennell of Bunnell, Fla., Teddy Pennell (Sherry) of Boone, Ricky Pennell (Kathy) of Fleetwood, and Steven Pennell of Jefferson; two daughters, Shirley Harrison (Billy) of Blowing Rock and Jo Ann Dobes (Willie) of Jacksonville, Fla; one sister, Mary Alice Isaacs of Zionville; one brother, Johnny Pennell of Boone; also surviving are eleven grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Max was a truck driver for over 42 years of his life. He retired at age 62 from Hollar & Greene Produce of Boone. He was avid reader of Western books and enjoyed Western movies. His favorite thing and love was bluegrass music. When his children were growing up he loved to go camping which always included a bluegrass music festival. He had a passion for watching birds which included many bird feeders. He was known in his neighborhood as the man to bring walnuts to. He would sit for hours and hours in the winter time and crack walnuts. Max’s soul was filled with quick wit, humor and giving to others. He was a proud dad of his family and their accomplishments.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 29, 2018, at 3 p.m., at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Mike Barfoot. Burial will follow in Ashelawn Memorial Gardens with military rites.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m., until 3:00 p.m., on Thursday, November 29, 2018, prior to the funeral service at Ashelawn.

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Ashelawn Memorial Chapel and Gardens was entrusted with Mr. Pennells arrangements.