Agnes Turnage Pennington



Ms. Agnes Turnage Pennington, 88, died Monday morning, March 20, 2017, at Cypress Glen in Greenville. A native of Greene County, she was born July 24, 1928, the daughter of John Roland and Willamenia Whitted Turnage. She grew up on the family farm in the Arba Community and following graduation from the Snow Hill High School attended what was then East Carolina Teachers College. She was a member of Mewborn Primitive Baptist Church where she faithfully attended until moving to Greenville to be nearer her daughter and family.

A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Mrs. Pennington was an excellent cook and enjoyed hosting her family during the holidays where she always served delicious southern cooked meals. Her made from scratch carrot cake was a signature item that was a favorite of everyone.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Miles Pennington; sisters, Elsie Turnage Letchworth, Margaret Turnage Hemingway, and Mary Lou Turnage; and brothers, Thomas Clifton Turnage and John Henry Turnage.

Her surviving family includes her daughter, Anne Pennington Whitehurst and husband, Jim; grandchildren, James Clarence “Jake” Whitehurst IV and Elizabeth Anne Whitehurst; and sister, Judith Turnage Pelletier; all of Greenville.

A graveside service will be held 2 PM Thursday, March 23, at the Mewborn Family Cemetery, 1850 Mewborn Cemetery Road, Snow Hill, NC. The Reverend Karen Crutchfield, Chaplain of Cypress Glen, will officiate. The family will receive friends briefly at the grave side following the service.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be directed to Mewborn Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Lester Gray, 2856 Gray Grant Road, Kinston, NC 28504. Online condolences may be made at