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Theresa Ward Penninger

April 28, 1929 — June 15, 2020

Theresa Ward Penninger, 91, of James Island, wife of the late Walter F Penninger III (Boots), of McClellanville SC, entered into eternal rest on June 15, 2020.

She was born on April 28, 1929, in McClellanville. Theresa was a daughter of the late Thomas Ward, Sr. and Lula Mae Ward. Theresa was affectionately known to her friends as Tess.

She was an active member of Bethany United Methodist Church on James Island where she was a member of The United Methodist Women's Club and the Bill Davis Sunday School Class. She was very much loved by her church family. Theresa's passions were her birds, flowers, and her delicious cakes.

Theresa is survived by her daughter Gloria P Welch and husband Pat, her two sons Walter F. Penninger IV (Dub) and wife Tina and Thomas W Penninger and wife Kristy; 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters Herma OBrian, Thedra Robison, Pat Richards, her sister in law Avon Leviner, and countless nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Bethany United Methodist Church followed by a Memorial Service to be held at 2:00 pm in the Church, 1853 Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC, 29412.

In accordance with her wishes she will be cremated and her ashes scattered with her late husband at the home they shared in Plumtree, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Theresa`s memory may be sent to Bethany Church.

Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McALISTER-SMITH FUNERAL & CREMATION, James Island, 347 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412, (843) 614-8494.
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