DAVID JOSEPH PENNY died of natural causes at the Belleville (Ill.) Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic on March 4, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Willie, and his sons, David Joseph Penny, Jr., 34, of St Louis, and Christopher, 30, of Pasadena, California. He was previously married to Jacqueline Watson, the mother of his sons, until her death in 1997.
Mr. Penny was born on September 23, 1942, in St Louis. A lifelong resident of the St Louis area, he was the son of the late Ralph Albine Penny and Edna Mary Micheau, who survives him. Other survivors include his two sisters, Edna Mary Wells of St Louis, and Margarett Penny Manson, of Carmichael, California; and his brother, Claude Penny, of Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Penny attended McBride High School in St Louis and was a veteran of the United States Army. He later had a career as a firefighter in East St Louis, Illinois. Mr. Penny's roots were deep in southern Illinois and Missouri. His earliest maternal ancestors, George and Margret Micheau arrived in Prairie du Rocher, Illinois, in about 1815. His earliest paternal ancestors, William Penny and Martha Campbell, were slaves in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in the mid-1800's.
Mr. Penny is remembered as a "larger than life raconteur," according to acquaintances. Services are pending.