Townson-Rose Funeral Home

Obituary for Thomas Allen Penland

07/23/1944 - 12/22/2020

Thomas Allen Penland, 76, passed away December 22,2020 surrounded by his family at North East Georgia Medical Center.

Thomas was born July 23, 1944 in Murphy NC to Silvy and Allie Ashe Penland. Thomas was a graduate of Hayesville High School where he later taught Science for over 30 years before retiring. He also attended and graduated Young Harris College, Western Carolina and UGA where he received his Master’s Degree.

Thomas enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and traveling to unique destinations. More than anything he loved to share his stories to everyone whether it be the “biggest” fish that got away or stepping foot on all 7 Continents. His pride and joy was his grandson Davis, and teaching him how to make money and fix things.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years Sarah Jane Penland, daughter Jennifer Carter (husband Mark), grandson Davis Carter (wife Erin), step sons Derek Welch, Nicky Welch and step grandchildren Dakota Lanning, Jade Welch, Nate Welch and Jared Welch along with many nieces and nephews.

Thomas is preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Aud Penland , Hoyt Penland, Kieth Penland and sister: Nancy Louise Swaggerty and step son Kevin Welch.

Visitation services will be held at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Hayesville, NC on Saturday December 26,2020 from 12:00-3:00pm. Private family graveside ceremony will be officiated by Pastor Kieth Nuckolls (former student and colleague of Thomas).

Pallbearers: Joe Bucker, Tim Barrett, Joe Barnes, Davis Carter, Derek Welch, Nicky Welch, Jared Welch and Huston Dayton.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested for donations to be made to Hayesville High School Science department, 205 Yellow Jacket Dr, Hayesville, NC 28904.

Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

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