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1938 James 2023

James Sidney Pennington

August 25, 1938 — August 7, 2023




James Sidney "Jim" Pennington, beloved husband, father, grandaddy, and dedicated public servant, passed away peacefully at his home in Raymond on August 7, 2023. James, lovingly known as Jim by friends and family, lived a remarkable life filled with bravery, compassion, and unwavering commitment to his community.

Born on August 25, 1938, to Leon and Gladys Pennington, Jim grew up surrounded by love and support. From a young age, it was evident that he possessed a strong sense of duty and an unyielding desire to make a positive impact on the world around him.

Jim's professional journey led him to become an integral part of the firefighting community. He dedicated years of his life to serving the people of Jackson as Captain of the Jackson Fire Department. After retiring from the fire department in 1981, his passion continued with his career with the Department of Corrections Fire and Safety where he continued to protect and care for others until his retirement in 1997.

Aside from his commendable contributions to firefighting, Jim's commitment extended beyond civilian life. An outstanding patriot, he served his country with distinction in the United States Air National Guard for an astounding 38 years and served honorably in Vietnam and “Operation Desert Storm”. Rising through the ranks with unparalleled dedication and discipline, Jim retired as a Loadmaster with the rank of SMSGT/Chief Master Sergeant in the Air Force. It is worth mentioning that his military career also included time in service with the United States Navy.

While Jim may have invested countless hours into his career, he always prioritized his family above all else. He leaves behind a cherished legacy through the children he was blessed enough to share with his wife, Jayne Pennington: Michelle Sims (Darryl), Alan Polk (Laura), and Jason Polk (Lexi). His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were truly blessed to have Jim in their lives. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews as well.

In honor of Jim's memory, a Graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 10th at 10am at Lakewood Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Raymond.

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Thursday, August 10, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

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