Lera  Penney
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Lera Penney
January 4, 1924 - December 2, 2019

Lera Claudine Lane Penney was born January 4, 1924, in Henderson County to Claude and Lola Lane. She died December 2 in Athens. She was 95.
A memorial service will be held in her honor Saturday, December 14, at Autry Carroll- Lehr Funeral Home. The service will begin at 11:30 AM and visitation is from 10 AM to 11:30 AM.
As a small child, she and her family moved to Dallas where she attended school until ninth grade. At that time her family moved back to Cross Roads to run the family farm. She loved to tell the story about what a transition it was to move back to the country, but she felt that God had a plan for her because there she met her future husband, Robert Penney.
They married in 1943 during World War II, and she joined him at Randolph Field in San Antonio where he was stationed with the Air Force. They always had special memories of this time together before he was later stationed in Alaska.
After the war, Lera and Robert ran Red Top Grocery in Athens and then moved to the Cayuga area where Robert worked in the oil and gas field. There they were very active in Judson Baptist Church. Lera taught Sunday School, was church treasurer, was active in the Women's Missionary Union, and took a lead role in planning activities and events.
She was a devoted mother, wife, and grandmother. She loved cooking and entertaining and always had at least one chocolate pie, coconut pie, or pound cake ready for unexpected company.
After her children were older, Lera attended Henderson County Junior College to take business courses and then became the business manager for Cayuga ISD.
Upon retirement, Robert and Lera moved to Athens where they made many friends and enjoyed trips and fellowship with the First Baptist Joy Group. Lera sang in the Joy Group choir and also taught the Esther Sunday School Class for over 25 years. She took a very special interest in the ladies in her class as they did in her. They were a close-knit and supportive group, and she was very grateful for their friendship.
She and Robert traveled often, enjoyed family and friends, and made the most of their retirement days.
Lera was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Robert Penney, her parents, her sister and brother-in-law, Lola and Fowler McCreary; and a great- grandson, Pierce Riley Penney.
She leaves behind many people who loved her dearly: her daughter and son-in-law, Karon and Johnny Bandy, son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Deborah Penney; and grandchildren, Kelli and John Boyd, Andrea and Jason Evans, and Stephen and Faith Penney.
She also leaves behind six great grandsons: Brennan Boyd, Taylor Evans, Tyler Evans, Roman Driskill, Judson Boyd, and Riley Kade Penney.
In addition, two brothers and a sister survive her; Billy Lane, Robert Lane and wife Linda of Athens, and Betty Coker of Tyler, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Lera's life was characterized good health and energy and continuous gratitude for God's grace and goodness. Her family will never forget her devotion to God, her servant's heart, her constant optimism and wisdom - and her great cooking!
She was truly the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31:
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10 KJV
If you wish, donations in her memory can be made to Love in Action
www. hendersoncountyhomeless.com
Published on December 10, 2019

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Dan Simmons
Dec 14, 2019
Rob and Lera were living examples of what is means to live a Christlike life. Rob was one of my personal references when I applied for the FBI in the late 1970's. I appreciate his kind words very much.

I bumped into Lera and Lola in the Athens WalMart a number of years ago and we spent a few moments together reminiscing about old time spent together.

May God's comfort and blessing be with her children, grandchildren, extended family and friends.