Service for ‘Pop’ set Wednesday

Service for ‘Pop’ set Wednesday

A Celebration of Life for Derwood “Pop” Penney will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 pm until 8 pm Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Interment will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Navarro College Foundation, Derwood Penney Memorial, 3200 West 7th Ave., Corsicana, Tx., 75110.

Penney, the longtime volunteer coach for the Navarro College baseball program, died Saturday morning.  He was 78.

He volunteered countless hours, threw millions of batting practice pitches, hit hundreds of thousands of ground balls, and has shared infinite wisdom and a love for the game with hundreds of Navarro baseball players over the last 16 years.

Der married Wanda Fitch on June 2, 1962 and they were happily married for 57 years.

He was a farm parts department manager for over 45 years with J.A. Penney Implement and Vitters Tractor.

He loved God, Family and Baseball.

Penney played in the first Corsicana Little League baseball program organized by Stuart Beebe in 1953.  He was a junior second baseman for coach Jesse Cummings’ 1958 state finalist Corsicana Tiger baseball team.  Later, he attended Navarro College and was a middle infielder for the Bulldogs — mostly shortstop, which he played as a high school senior.

He not only played for Jesse Cummings, but followed him in the volunteer-coach capacity with the Navarro baseball program.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Penney; daughters, Annette Hall and husband David, Becky Villa and husband Jose and Kristy Barfknecht. Grandchildren, Austin Hall and wife Monica, Alan Vitters and wife Kendle, Corbin Hall, Joey and Jacob Villa and Jaxson and Jared Barfknecht; sister-in-law, Berta McCamey and a numerous nieces and nephews.

Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana is in charge of arrangements.