Following funeral services, burial will be at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, on Monday, Oct. 7.
Mr. Pennington went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Oct. 2, 2013.
His loving and devoted wife of almost four decades, Linda Ward Pennington of Clarkesville, survives him.
After retiring, both Ken and Linda left their IBM careers to experience a more casual lifestyle together. Moving to Georgia from Texas in 1989, Ken and Linda owned and refurbished the historical Toombs-Bleckley House on Jefferson Street in Clarkesville. Their home was opened to various Christian ministries to enjoy, as they quickly became a part of the local community and made many long-lasting friends in the surrounding area.
Kenneth joined the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and became very familiar with the B52 Bomber planes, which led to a lifetime career with IBM as an electrical engineer. He contributed to various IBM programs such as the IBM-NASA Apollo and Saturn missile program in the 1960s. Office computer systems eventually came into focus before his retirement as advisory engineer and consultant, but his most enjoyable careers years were spent serving his country while working on the IBM B52 Digital Bomb Navigation System.
In 1992, Mr. Pennington became a co-founder of True Bread Ministries Inc. Working with his “Son in the Lord,” the Rev. Mark K. Akinosho, Ken served as treasurer of the True Bread Prayer and Evangelism Ministry and served on the Board of Trustees emeritus, being very instrumental in planting the Truebread Fellowship Church in Sanford, N.C.
Being an active member of Helen First Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, and being a devout prayer warrior, Ken also served several years as co-director of the church’s thriving prayer ministry, along with his wife Linda.
In addition to his wife, Ken is survived by six sons, Steven Pennington (Jackie) of Winchester, Va., Kim Ward (Robin) of Longwood, Fla., Toby Ward (Lisa) of Cherry Valley, Ark., Lee Ward of Antelope, Calif., Marce Ward (Paula) of the Colony, Texas, and Mark K. Akinosho (Caroline); daughters, Laura Howell (David) of Fayetteville, Tenn., Lisa Polk of Capon Bridge, W.Va., and Janet Lewis (Ladd) of Huntsville, Ala.; 23 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; his brother, Don Pennington (Joan) of Baton Rouge, La.; and sister, Kay Batson (Jim) of Georgetown, Texas.
Deceased are his parents, Archie and Syble Pennington of Austin, Texas; and sister, Ann Stone of Covington, Texas.
Due to limited space for display, in lieu of flowers you may donate to True Bread Ministries Inc., P.O. Box 3773, Sanford, NC 27331; or to Helen First Baptist Building Fund. Please call the receptionist at HFBC at 706-898-3069 for either mailing address.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting hillsidememorialchapel.com.
Funeral arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville.
The Northeast Georgian
Friday, October 4, 2013