Michael Eric "Bubba" Pennell, 49, of Taylorsville passed away on April 17, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center.

He was born on April 4, 1968 to the late James Franklin and Effie Beatrice “Bea” Chapman Pennell.

He was a volunteer fireman for Central Alexander Fire Department for over 30 years and a 911 dispatcher for the Alexander County Sherriff’s Office for over 12 years after being a factory worker.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Terry Plumley.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Amy Pennell; and his sisters, Nadine Plumley, Teresa Bumgarner and husband Randy; and Janet King and husband, Denver; a niece Jessie Plumley Reeves, and nephews, Steven Ester, Jason Bumgarner, Darren Bumgarner, and Nathan King; He is also survived by his father and mother in law Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Mecimore, and all his friends and colleagues in the Alexander County Emergency Services.

The family will receive friends at Millersville Baptist Church on April 22, 2017 from 1 till 3:45 p.m. in accordance to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service. Funeral services are scheduled at 4:00 PM with the Rev. Bill Orren and Rev. Brian Kerley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers include Richard Smith, Matt Jordan, Chris Brown, John Gant, Justin Deal, Tim Stewart, Kevin Miller, and Kurt Dyson. Honorary pallbearers include the members of the Central Alexander Fire Department and Dusty LeVan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Eric’s name to Central Alexander Fire Department, PO Box 878, Taylorsville, NC 28681 or to Alexander County Hospice, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681 who faithfully served his mother. Condolences may be sent to the Pennell family by clicking the link below. Chapman Funeral Home is serving the family of Eric “Bubba” Pennell.

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Amy, Bea, Ellen, and family- Please know that we love you all and you are certainly in our prayers. To you our friends in Christ we send you much love. Danny & Shirleen Proverbs 3:5, 6
Danny & Shirleen Wyke - Lenoir, NC

My heartfelt condolences to the Pennell Family! He will surely be missed. So sorry for your loss!
Richard P. Stafford - Elkridge, MD

To the Bubba Pennell family particularly Amy, please accept my condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything we (your Wire Group family) can do, please let us know.
Bob Young - Newton, NC
Bubba, it was an honor and a privilege to know you and you will be greatly missed. To the family, I am very sorry for your recent loss with Bubba and his mother. Prayers for comfort and peace for all.
Kimberly (Spencer) Cloer - Hiddenite, NC
I'm so sorry for your loss .I knew bubba as a young man we played together and laughed together. He was one of my best friend from childhood.heaven gained another angel I will be praying for God to be with his wife and family he will be missed by many...go rest high on that mountain my brother...
ralph tysinger - Taylorsville, NC
Janet so sorry on the loss of your brother and your mother.remember they are in heaven and they are flying free with their wings.praying for your family and friends.
Lisa e blomeier - Taylorsville, NC
I am so sorry for your loss. If you need anything at all, Amy, I am just up the street. He will be surely missed.
Trish Jones - Taylorsville, NC
My deepest and sincerest condolences for your loss!! I am so grateful you loaned your loved one to this community every day to save lives and property! He was there to assist me and dispatch help when my husband was so ill; he encouraged us when we made that last call to 911; and he patiently listened while we tried to pull ourselves together enough to explain the situation. But there is one particular day that will stay on my mind for the rest of my life...just over 24 hours before the Lord took him home to glory, he dispatched emergency services to our little church as an elderly church member quietly passed away with a heart attack. I'm sure she has found him to thank him for his efforts by now, but I know they are both rejoicing in the presence of the Lord. Thank you, Bubba! For your tireless service to our county! God bless you, Pennell family! And God be with each of our emergency services personnel while they take up your watch.
Lou Leighton - Taylorsville, NC
Our hearts were saddened when we heard about Bubba, our deepest sympathy to the Pennell family, Amy, we are neighbors, if we can ever be of help please call us. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jack and Mildred Bebber - Taylorsville, NC

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