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Jo Anna Pennington, 78
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Mrs. Jo Anna Pennington, 78, of Smithville died Wednesday, March 11, at her residence. 

She was born Nov. 19, 1941, in DeKalb County, was a member of New Union The Baptist Church, and retired from Walmart. Jo Anna was preceded in death by her parents Buford and Velma Stoner Jaco and her husband Leve L. Pennington.

Survivors include her son James Pennington, daughter Felicia Woodard, grandchildren Daniel (Brandi) Summers, Joshua (Jennifer) Summers, Christopher Cass, and Jessica McKendrick, great-grandchildren Payton Summers, Adison Summers, A.J. Summers, and Wyatt Summers, sisters Bettie (John) Michael, Helen (Doug) Smoot, and Phyllis (Larry) Norrod, and brother Charles Jaco, all of Smithville, brothers-in-law Howard Pennington of McMinnville and Arthur Bulow of Minnesota, and sisters-in-law Frances Pennington and Cathleen Pennington both of McMinnville, and Carol Pennington of Fairview. Many nieces, nephews, and family friends also survive.

Funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at New Union The Baptist Church. Bro. Keith Sims and Bro. Bobby Pennington will officiate. Interment will follow at New Union Cemetery. The Pennington family will receive friends Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home and again Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at New Union The Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made at

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) March 13, 2020