Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)


April 30, 2014

May Sparks Pennington


04/30/14 —

May Sparks Pennington, 96, of Webbville, entered her heavenly home Tuesday morning, April 29, 2014, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland.

She was born Jan. 26, 1918, a daughter of the late George and Martha Stevens Sparks in Elliott County.

She was a born again Christian, devoted mother and homemaker. She was formerly active in the Carter County Homemakers and the Carter County Senior Citizens.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Shelby Pennington in 1981; an infant daughter, Elizabeth; two grandsons, Aaron and Jonathan Pennington; brothers, George Jr., Bill, Virgil, Richard and Lonnie Sparks; and sisters, Martha Savage, Malissa Wells and Elizabeth Porter.

May is survived by one brother, Bert Sparks, and four children and their spouses, Jack (Nellie) Pennington, Sylvia (Dewey) Smith, Melvin (Yvette) Pennington and Dian (Larry) Ratcliff. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Diana Pennington, Richard Pennington, Vickie Eakman, Tara Kroll, Amber Pennington, Lauren Ratcliff and Lacey Gulley; 12 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She has been entrusted to the care of Malone Funeral Home in Grayson, where visitation will be Thursday evening, May 1, from 5 to 9 p.m. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Malone Funeral Home by Gary Sparks and David Wilcox. Burial will be in the East Carter County Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101.

Condolences can be made to the Pennington family at

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