Mary Eleanor (Cox) Penny
Published: Friday, October 04, 2013

Mary Eleanor (Cox) Penny of Cosby, Cocke County, Tennessee passed from this life on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, while residing in Newport Health and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 96.

Mrs. Penny was born on May 31, 1917, at Marion, North Carolina, in McDowell County, to Thomas A. Cox and Mabel Gertrude Smith Cox.

She married Hubert Ransom Penny, a U. S. Army Captain, who later became a ranger with the National Park Service.

They adopted two sons, Garland Penny, who is deceased, and Allen Penny, who survives.

Hubert Penny preceded Mrs. Penny in death in 1995. Mrs. Penny also had two sisters, Virginia C. Adams and Dorothy C. Smith, and a brother, Thomas A. Cox, III, all of whom preceded her in death.

In addition to her son, Allen, Mrs. Penny is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was the last surviving charter member of Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.

Mrs. Penny was a longtime teacher in the Cocke County School system and helped mold the lives of her students. She was the class sponsor of several graduating classes at Cosby High School and contributed greatly to the lives of those around her.

Mrs. Penny also worked as a librarian in Sevierville and, at one time, owned a craft shop in Townsend.
She valued education and continued learning throughout her life. Mrs. Penny enjoyed her mountain home retreat in Cosby and treasured those who visited and cared for her.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 7, 2013, at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Newport with Father David Garrett presiding. Visitation will be from 10:0011:00 a.m. Monday prior to the service. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 7, 2013, in Lynnhurst Cemetery in Knoxville. There will not be a funeral procession.

In lieu of flowers, it is asked that contributions be made in her memory to The University of the South (Sewanee), Director of Gift Planning, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383.

Family and friends may sign the guest register online at

Manes Funeral Home in Newport is in charge.

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