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Obituary: Pastor Howard Pennington

Pastor Howard Pennington

Pastor Howard Pennington

Pastor Howard Pennington, 57, senior pastor of Praise Chapel in Kingman, stepped into the presence of the Lord on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012.

Howard was born July 10, 1955, in Santa Ana, Calif., to Don Pennington and Nora Lee. At a young age, Howard and his family moved to Bullhead City, Ariz.

In 1976, Howard gave his life to Jesus Christ and faithfully served Him. Howard met Pamela Darrah in Bullhead City and they were married Feb. 9, 1974. Howard and Pam have two children, a son, Travin Pennington, and a daughter, Tyona Taylor. Pam preceded Howard in death when she went to be with the Lord on Sept. 9, 2001. A few years later, Howard married Marsha Esquibel on Dec. 12, 2007.

Howard pioneered and pastored several churches. His pastoral career began in San Jacinto, Calif., in 1981. In October of 1982, he pioneered a church in Las Vegas. Then, in 1983, Howard pioneered a church in Anchorage, Alaska. For a short time in the first part of 1987, Howard was an associate pastor of a church in Chandler, Ariz. On July 10, 1987, Pastor Howard took the pastorate of Praise Chapel in Kingman.

Howard was preceded in death by his first wife, Pam; his sister, Donna Jo Vaughn; brother-in-law, Don Vaughn; his nephew, Justin Vaughn; and his great-niece, Coral Hammond.

Howard is survived by his wife, Marsha Pennington; his son, Travin (Julie) Pennington; his daughter, Tyona (Robert) Taylor; stepson, Tyler Equibel-Douglas; his stepdaughter, Mercedes Esquibel; his mother, Nora Lee; and his father, Don Pennington. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Baily Brandt, Faith Brandt, Angel Brant, Alex Muchow and Taylor Pennington; his nephew, Donnie Vaughn; his niece, Amy Vincent; six half-sisters; one stepsister, Twila; one stepbrother; and many, many friends.

Memorial services are planned for 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, in the Kingman Academy of Learning High School gymnasium. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to Praise Chapel Benevolence ministry. Pastor Howard's life mission was to make a real difference in the lives of those around him. He did that through the love and grace of Jesus Christ that had radically changed his life.

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