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Aaron A. & Vannie
Huffhines Penland

Picture courtesy of Susie Genck


Penland Family Memories


Mr. & Mrs. A. A. Penland Are Honored On Golden
Wedding Anniversary


The children of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Penland honored their parents with an open house in celebration of their fiftieth wedding anniversary on Sunday, December 24, from 2 to 5 in the afternoon at the Mopac in Collegeport, Texas.


A reunion and barbecue dinner was held for the family and out of town guests at noon. Eighty-one persons were served.


Mrs. Penland wore a winter white two piece wool knit dress with wool crochet trim. Gold jewelry and a gold corsage complimented her ensemble. Mr. Penland sported a gold boutonniere.


The refreshment table, laid with an antique lace cloth over gold taffeta, held the three tiered square cake of white confection decorated in gold. Wedding bells were on the bottom layer, a bride and groom on the center layer and gold 50th medallion on the top layer. The cake was baked by Mrs. Henry Barr of Palacios. The cake was served with lemon-pineapple punch from a crystal bowl with gold edging.


An arrangement of gold mums and rice, a gold centerpiece with tall gold candles and a bride and groom also graced the table.


The daughters, daughters-in-law and granddaughters took turns serving cake, punch and coffee.


The gift table was centered with poinsettias.


There was also a Family Tree table with pictures of all the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren arranged around a gold tree.


Out of town guests were from Lubbock, Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Cuero, Bay City, Blessing, Channelview, Freeport, Markham, Brazoria, Longview and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


Vannie Allene Huffhines and Aaron Altha Penland were married in Groesbeck, Texas, on December 24, 1917. They moved to College-port in 1928 and have lived there ever since.

To this union were born thirteen children. Aaron who married Marguerite Dabelgott, lives in Bay City. Their children are Aaron Jr. in the Armed Forces; Carole, married to Richard Lewstetter, lives in Sweeny and has one son, Richard; Robert, Susan and James.


Glenn is married to the former Juanita Bullington and lives in Channelview. Their children are Ann, of Kailua, Hawaii, who married Tamatsu Iwomoto and has one son, Derek; Sandra, married Sam Lampasas and Carlotta, married Doug Grier, all live in Channelview.


Ray Lee lives in Houston. His children are Ray Lee Jr., now in Viet Nam; Linda, Henry, Leonora and Laura, all live in Louisiana.


Clyde drowned when a young boy.


Eugene married Patricia Baadee and lives in Santa Cruz, Calif. They have two children, Cynthia and Barry.


Ralph and children, Terry, Tracy and Scott live in Palacios.


Sarah died of diptheria when two years old.


James married Colleen Talmadge and lives in Palacios. Their children are Sharon, Sarah and Rhoda.


Paul married Ruby Sanders. He was killed in an automobile accident in August, 1966. His wife and children, Paul Mitchell, Jr., Sharon, Keith and Denise live in Palacios.


Nell married Lee Mize and lives in Cuero. Their children are Pa­mela, Roger, Arona, Larry and Wayne.


Sue married Lee Hawthorne and lives in Houston. They have two children, Susan and Leann.


John married Molly Sanchez and lives in Palacios.


   Robert died at birth.


The only members of the family unable to attend were Ray Jr. now serving with the Marines in Viet Nam, Linda, Henry, Leonora and Laura Penland from Louisiana and Ann Penland Iwomoto and family from Hawaii.


The Palacios Beacon, December 1967               Article and pictures courtesy of Gene Penland



A.A. Penland, 82, of Collegeport, died at DeTar Hospital in Victoria on February 6. He was a prominent rice farmer and cattleman since moving to this area in 1928 and was active in many farm and cattle associations.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Vannie Penland and 5 of their 13 children, Aaron, Paul, Clyde, Robert and Sarah Penland.


Survivors include: daughters, Mrs. Lee Mize of Cuero, Mrs. Lee Hawthorne of Pangburn, Arkansas; sons, Glen H. of Channelview, Ray Lee of Collegeport, Gene of California, Ralph of Florida, James of Arkansas, and Johnny of Bay City; sisters, Mrs. Jessie Bohannan of Hubbard, Mrs. Callie Stewart of Rigging Wells; brother, Pete Penland of New Mexico; 35 grand­children and 22 great­grandchildren.


The funeral will be held on Saturday, February 9 at Palacios Funeral Home at 3:30 p.m. Officiating the ceremony will be N.E. "Sonny" Balch of the Palacios Church of Christ and interment  will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.


Sons will serve as the pallbearers.


Arrangements made with Taylor Brothers Palacios Funeral Home.

February 7/8, 1980                                                                     Article courtesy of Gene Penland.



Mrs. Vannie H[uffhines] Penland of Collegeport died in the Wagner General Hospital March 16, 1976.


She is survived by her husband A. A. Penland of Collegeport, two daughters, Mrs. Sue Hawthorne of Pangburn, Ark. and Mrs. Nell Mize of Cuero; five sons: John of Palacios, Eugene of Santa Cruz, Calif., Glenn of Channelview, Ray Lee of Collegeport and Ralph of Florida.


The funeral will be in the Palacios Church of Christ at 2 p.m. on March 18, 1976 with Mr. E. N. Balach officiating. Interment in the Hawley Cemetery.


Arrangements are under the direction of the Palacios Funeral Home.


The Daily Tribune, May 17, 1976


Paul Mitchell Penland

Marguerite Penland

Funeral services for Marguerite Irene Penland, 77, of Bay City are scheduled for today at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Mike Toland officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Marguerite Penland passed away Dec. 4 at Bay Villa Nursing Home in Bay City. She was born June 27, 1920 in Beasley, Texas to Fredrick and Ella Stuessel Dabelgott. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and had been a resident of Bay City since 1953.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Carole and Richard Lowstetter of Houston and Susie and Chuck Genck of LaGrangeville, New York; by two sons and daughters-in-law, Aaron B. Penland Jr. and Marilyn of Bay City and Robert Neil Penland and Frances of Spring Branch, Texas; by twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron Penland Sr. in 1974; a son, James Earl Penland in 1974; and a grandson, James Earl Penland Jr.

Pallbearers include Richard Lowstetter Jr., Robert A. Lowstetter, Andrew Penland, Heath Penland, Adam Thelen and Tanner Genck.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, December 7, 1997

Aaron Brown Penland Jr.

January 6, 1943 - December 27, 2016

Aaron Brown Penland Jr., 76, of Bay City, Texas passed away December 27, 2016.

He was born January 6, 1943 in Mineral Wells, Texas to the late Aaron Brown Penland Sr. and Marguerite Irene Dabelgott Penland.  He was a graduate of Texas A & M College, being in the last graduating class before it became Texas A & M University.  He proudly served his country as a member of the US Army during the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Jim Penland.

Survivors include his wife, Sybella Marilyn Penland; daughters, Karen Conroy and husband Pat of Huntsville, and Aimee Guidry of Kingwood; son, Andy Penland and wife Courtney of Kingwood; sisters, Carole Commo of Houston and Susie Genck of New York; brother, Bob Penland of Marlin; and grandchildren, Cody Conroy, Cassidy Conroy, J. P. Pruett and Joshua Penland.

The family will receive friends and family from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Friday, December 30, 2016 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev.  Bobbie Richers officiating.

Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Lowstetter, Robbie Lowstetter, Pete Green, Scott Thorpe, Allen Nieseg, Richard Nieseg, Joe Lawhon and Kirk Carr.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dennis VanHees and Sylvester Walleck.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas.  979-245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, January 1, 2017


James Earl “Jim” Penland, Jr.

James Earl “Jim” Penland, Jr., 19 months of College Station passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in College Station June 10. Survivors include: parents, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Penland of College Station; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Penland of Bay City and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Burt Jr. of Bay City. Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Monday, June 11, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. G. Wayland Elmore and Rev. George Aurich officiating. Interment was at Roselawn Memorial Park with pallbearers being: Allison Leissner, Dennis Burt, Aaron Penland Jr., and Richard Lowstetter. Services under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, June 11, 1973

Graveside services for Paul M. Penland, 45, of Palacios, were held Oct. 11, 2002 at Hawley Cemetery with Rev. John T. Sanders officiating.

Mr. Penland was born May 15, 1957 in Palacios to the late Paul M. Penland, Sr. and Ruby Sanders Penland. He died Oct. 7, 2002.

He is survived by his mother, Ruby Penland, of Palacios; daughter Kimberly Ann Penland of Friendswood, Tx.; son, Paul Michael Penland of Palacios; sister, Sharon P. Penland of Palacios; brother, Ronald Keith Penland of Palacios; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, and sister, Denise Dawn Clifton.

The Palacios Beacon, October 9, 2002


James Leo Penland, 79, died Sept. 24, 2011in Granbury, Tx. He was born Sept. 17, 1932 in Collegeport, Tx. to Altha Aaron and Vannie Huffhines Penland.

Family memorial service will be held at a later date.

James told great stories, enjoyed fishing and hunting, his grandchildren, and driving the Sunday School bus.

He is survived by daughters Sharon M. Burnham of Bastrop, Tx., Sarah L. Penland of Lockhart, Tx., Rhoda A. Hart of Cedar Creek, Tx., Carmel A. Penland of Tyler, Tx., Christy P. Howard of Konowa, Oklahoma, and Heather P. Matthews of Heidelberg, Germany; brothers Eugene E. Penland and John E. Penland of Palacios, Tx.; sisters Nell P. Mize of Cuero, Tx. and Sue P. Hawthorne of Searcy, Ark.; 19 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Altha Aaron Penland II, five brothers, and one sister.

Memorials may be sent to Hawley Cemetery Association in Blessing, Tx.

Palacios Beacon, September, 2011


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