John Thomas “Tom” Penn, 86, passed away at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House on July 17, 2020.

He was born April 8, 1934, in Strawberry, to John R. and Pearl Penn. He was a faithful member of the Nettleton Baptist Church. He was retired from Builders Material. He served his country in the US Army.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jennie Blalock Penn; parents; brothers, Fred Penn and Harold Penn; sister-in-law, Clara Penn; and brother-in-law, Marshall Butterfield.

Survivors include three daughters, Donna Penn, Belinda Penn and Terri (Victor) Holt; grandchildren, Samantha (James) Renshaw, Sara Holt and John Holt; sister, Mary Butterfield; and sister-in-law, Norma Penn.

Funeral services were Monday, July 20, at 10 a.m. at Nettleton Baptist Church with Brady Canright officiating. Emerson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Burial followed at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Gene Walker, Donnie Ballard, Mike Butterfield, Jerry Glover, Jimmy Bryant, James Blalock and Joseph Blalock serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were the Sanctuary Sunday School Class of Nettleton Baptist Church. Visitation was Sunday, July 19, from 2-4 p.m. at the funeral home.

For lasting memorials, please consider the Nettleton Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 2415, Jonesboro, AR 72402-2415.

An online guestbook is available at www.emerson

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