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10/12/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Tom Penny

Thomas Lee Penny
(1953 - 10 Oct 2020)

Newport News High School Class of 1971

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet more sad news this Monday morning. Tom Penny, Class of 1971, brother of Jill Penny Stiles, passed away at home in Newport News on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at the age of 67.


From The Daily Press - 10/12/20:

    Thomas Lee Penny


NEWPORT NEWS - Thomas "Tom" Lee Penny, 67, passed away surrounded by his family on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at his home.

He was born in Roanoke, VA and was a proud 1971 graduate of Newport New High School.

He joined the Newport News Police Department in 1977 and retired as a Lieutenant in 2004 with 27 years of dedicated service. He became the Director of Law Enforcement with the DMV and retired in 2018 after 14 years.

He gave back to the community by serving on the board of the Peninsula SPCA, Relay For Life Committee and countless hours of refereeing for High School basketball and football games.

His hobby was being part of the HAM radio operator community.





Tom was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Penny and his mother, Mildred Jones; his grandparents, Charles and Cassie Lipes and Winnie and Aaron Penny.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Cheryl Quinn Penny; his devoted sons, Stephen Penny (Whitney) and Aaron Penny; his grandsons, Phoenix and Salem; his step-father, Ray Jones; his sister, Jill Stiles; his uncles, Sam Lipes and John Hall; many nieces and nephews; great nephews and countless cousins.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Weymouth Funeral Home.

A Graveside Service will be conducted with Police Honors at 12 Noon, Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Parklawn Memorial Park by Chaplain Marie Boyd.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Good Samaritan, P.O. Box 298, Lanexa, VA 23089 or the American Cancer Society.

Masks are required before entering the building as well as social distancing. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on October 12, 2020.
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October 11, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss, Cheryl! You, the boys, and the grandsons are in our thoughts and prayers. I love you so much and I am always here!

Love always,
Clayton, Cristin, Jordan, Preston and Landon

~ Cristin Robens

October 11, 2020

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

~ Pamela Ballard


October 12, 2020

Cheryl, Stephen, and Aaron, I am sorry to learn about Tom. We spent many years together on the PD, and Tom was always a leader. Please know that each of you are in my thoughts and prayers, and take comfort in knowing that Tom watches over you now from above. Blessing of peace......

~ Trent Sturgis

October 12, 2020

This was truly sudden and hard to read today....not only did we spend our youth at Newport News High, but we also spent our adult life working for the city...taken way too young.. many will miss that smile ...My deepest sympathy to Cheryl and the entire Penny family...

~ Jennie Easmeil Alexander

October 12, 2020
Rest In Peace, Tom, you were a fine man and awesome Police Officer. I'm grateful to have had a chance to work with you all those years ago.

~ Bryan Bowyer
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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to all of Tom's family, friends, and classmates.

   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of - 03/15/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Newport News Police Patch from Webmistress' Personal Collection

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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