Vernon Venoy Pannell, Jr. (Buddy), 76, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May13, 2019. (For Dad by Ricky and Tim) Death takes the body. God takes the soul. Our minds hold the memories. Our hearts keeps the love. Our faith lets us know we will meet again. We love you Dad, you were always good to us, we really miss you.
Buddy was a retired carpenter, over the road truck driver and heavy equipment operator. He loved to play bingo, casino, go to horse sales and make a garden. He never met a stranger, he was a good kind and generous man, willing to give a helping hand, to everyone he met, that needed his help. Buddy was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Buddy was proceeded in death by his father, Vernon Pannell and mother Jessie Johnson Pannell; brothers Furman, Kenneth Pannell and sisters Jackie (Huey) Buchanan, Paulene (Robert) Brooks and Mary Pannell, daughter, Rhonda Kim Pannell, great-granddaughter Kaydince Greenman and several cousins, nephews and nieces.
Buddy is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Catherine Tallent Pannell; sons, Ricky (Anita), Timothy ( Mandie); daughters, Sherry (Donnie) Hoxit, Tammy (Don) Keaton; grandson son Phillip Pannell, whom he raised as a son, seven grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and special great granddaughter Reyna (Sissy) of Cherokee, special great grandson Isaiah of Sylva and special great granddaughter Xailey of Cherokee who called him sugar. A special granddaughter whom he thought of as his own Kimberly Pannell. A special grandson who enjoyed working with his PA. His PA said Cody was the only grandkid he had that never smarted him off and twelve step great-grandchildren.
Vernon Pannell (Buddy), had never made any funeral arrangements. His wife Catherine Pannell has made these arrangements:
Funeral service will be held at Scotts Creek Baptist Church in Sylva, NC on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm. Reverends LLoyd Fish, Jeff & Tonya Vickery, J.D. Grant, Eddie Stillwell and Adrian Davis will officiate. Burial will follow at Cullowhee Baptist Church Cemetery in Cullowhee, NC. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Pallbearers are: Phillip Pannell, Earl Buchanan, Jess Rose, Brent Teesateskie, Corey Rogers and A.J. Owle.
Western Carolina Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.