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William Austin "Bill" Pannell, Sr.

October 20, 1934 September 29, 2019
William  Austin "Bill"  Pannell, Sr.
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Obituary for William Austin "Bill" Pannell, Sr.

William Austin “Bill” Pannell, Sr., 84, husband of Margie (Grogg) Pannell of 1374 Fox Hollow Road, Afton passed away Sunday, September 29, 2019 in the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

Mr. Pannell was born in Afton, Virginia on October 20, 1934, a son of the late Austin William and Iva (Reid) Pannell.

Bill was a member of Rodes United Methodist Church and retired from F.R. Drake & Company. Prior to his retirement he was employed by Blue Ridge Veneer and Plywood. Following retirement Bill enjoyed working on small engines and farming. “Bill never met a stranger”.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by four brothers, Walter, Lewis, Carlton, and Floyd Pannell; and four sisters, Pheobe and Annie Johnson, Ruby Smith, and Doris Parrish.

Surviving in addition to his wife of sixty-one years, are two sons, William Austin “JR” Pannell and his wife Cindy of Afton, and Ernest Gerald “E.G.” Pannell and his wife Julie of Faber; five grandchildren, Gerald Pannell and his wife Brittni, Rebecca Pannell, Lauren Coe and her husband Brian, Tiffany Pannell, and Ashley Dawson and her husband Brandon; a number of nieces and nephews; and close friends Bill Lane and Russell Fitzgerald. Bill was the last surviving member of his family.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, 2019 in the Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, and other times at the residence.

A Celebration of life will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 2, 2019 in Rodes United Methodist Church by Pastor Lowell D. Petry.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Billy Smith, Jimmy Carter, Alan Dickie, John Fogelgren, H.T. Page, Kenneth Pannell, Mike Godlewski, and Glenn Page.

It is suggested those desiring make memorial contributions to the Rodes United Methodist Church Cemetery, 286 Avon Road, Afton, Virginia 22920.

Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 230 Frontier Drive, Staunton, is in charge of his arrangements.

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6:00 PM 10/1/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/1/2019 8:00:00 PM
Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory

230 Frontier Drive
Staunton, VA 24401

Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory
230 Frontier Drive Staunton 24401 VA
United States

Celebration of Life




11:00 AM 10/2/2019 11:00:00 AM
Rodes United Methodist Church

286 Avon Road
Afton, Virginia 22920

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Rodes United Methodist Church
286 Avon Road Afton 22920 Virginia
United States

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Rodes United Methidist Church Cemetery Final Resting Place

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