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Morrison City Christian Church
Saturday November 27th, 2021
3:00pm - 4:00pm

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Celebration of Life

Morrison City Christian Church
Saturday November 27th, 2021

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Graveside Service

East Lawn Memorial Park
Monday October 18th, 2021

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June Fields Penley

“Her children rise up and call her blessed.” Proverbs 31:28

Julia June Fields Penley, 98, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, October 14, 2021. June passed peacefully, surrounded by her daughters in her Morrison City home she cherished for 75 years. June was the daughter of James and Mary Belle (Stapleton) Fields. She was born in Coeburn (Wise County), Virginia, on November 25, 1922. Raised near Gate City, Virginia, June was a proud graduate of Shoemaker High School. During World War II, June worked in the Yarn Plant at Tennessee Eastman Company. June survived seven brothers and five sisters: Glenn Fields, Rosa Fields Cox, Madge Fields Hudson; Henry Salyers, Milburn Salyers, Mesba Salyers Fields, Jack Salyers; Etta Fields, Mayme Fields Church, Monnie Fields Bishop, Alvin Fields, and Kelly Fields.

A member of Morrison City Christian Church, June was a fiercely devoted mother, a loving wife, a diligent homemaker, and the tower of strength and peace to her entire family. She was a talented seamstress, making all her daughters’ clothes as they grew up. June was an avid gardener and an excellent nutritionist. She found great joy in using her vast skills to feed and nurture others, including cheerfully making her secret recipe chocolate cake for her friends and family. Her gentle nature, genuine kindness, and sweet smile will be missed by all whose lives she blessed.

June was married to Luther Penley of Kingsport from 1942 until his death in 1982. Three young sons preceded both Luther and June in death, Luther Jr. in 1946, Jamey in 1957, and Jonathan in 1964.

June is survived by three loving daughters, Jennifer Penley, Jill Penley (fiancée Odene Nash), and Julia (George) Williamson, all of Kingsport; three grandchildren, George ‘Tee’ Williamson III (fiancée Elisa Henson), Kara Williamson, and Miranda Williamson; and several nieces and nephews, including special nieces, Glenda Wolfe, Claudi Lyon and Karen Penley.

A family graveside service was held earlier at East Lawn Memorial Park. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, November 27, 2021, at Morrison City Christian Church, 1940 Darnell Drive, Kingsport. The family will receive friends at 3:00 pm and a Celebration of Life Service will follow at 4:00 pm. Attendees are asked to wear masks and utilize social distancing.

The family wishes to thank those whose prayers, cards, visits, and gifts cheered June during her final years. We also wish to thank her caregiver, Corey Flowers, for the excellent loving care she unselfishly gave to our mother. She was a bright light to Mom and to all of us. Additionally, our appreciation goes to the staff of Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice, especially her physical therapist Tammy Hyatt, and nurses Carrie, Christy, Patsy, and Dawn.

If you so desire, memorial contributions may be made to Morrison City Christian Church, PO Box 4006, Kingsport, TN 37665.

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June was so faithful in helping us to send the church newsletter out
when we served as minister to the church.
Jerry @ Mary Beth williams

Jerry Williams Dec 1 2021 8:54 AM

Aunt June was a special person. She was my favorite aunt. When our house burned in 1950, she took Thelma and Me and made us dresses while we were there. I loved her dearly.

Beaulah Salyers Thigpen Oct 17 2021 11:16 PM

Our prayers and sympathy to Jennifer and all the family.

Randy and Scarlett Coapstick Oct 17 2021 10:21 PM

A candle was lit in memory of June Penley

Deidre & Floyd Brown Oct 17 2021 9:09 PM

A candle was lit in memory of June Penley

Beaulah Salyers Thigpen Oct 17 2021 8:52 PM

A candle was lit in memory of June Penley

Terry Horton Oct 17 2021 12:36 PM

Jennifer, Jill, & Julia
You all had a wonderful Mother. She was so kind, loving and a great cook. I remember the way she greeted me the moment I first came to Morrison City Christian. I will always remember her delicious chocolate cake. You have my sincerest prayers and heartfelt condolences.

Karen Dean

Karen B. Dean Oct 16 2021 6:52 PM