The Obit For Joe Penland

Joe P. Penland

Published in The News & Observer on September 15, 2009

Joe Palmer Penland passed away at home September 14, 2009 surrounded by family and friends.

Joe grew up in Tannersville, VA and then spent eight years playing professional baseball in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Senators organizations. He moved on to spend 30 years at the North Carolina Department of Transportation in Raleigh.

After retiring, he and his wife moved to Uwharrie Point where Joe spent 13 years playing golf and working in his shop. He enjoyed most the time he was able to spend with family and friends.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Annette Morand Penland; son, Dr. Christopher Penland; daughter-in-law, Kerry Shea Penland; and grandchildren, Duncan, Annie, and Grayson. Joe is also survived by sisters, Dean Gorsuch, Audrey Harner, Carol Morand, and Judy Thompson; and a brother, Robert Penland.

Passing before him to be with the Lord were his parents, Palmer and Mabel Penland and his sister, Peggy Booth.

A memorial service will be held at Chandler’s Grove United Methodist Church, Blaine Road, Badin Lake, NC at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2009.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either Hospice of Stanly County, NC or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Briggs Funeral Home in Denton is assisting the Penland family. Online condolences may be sent to