Paul Clabourne Pennington, Sr., was born December 8, 1953, to the late George Thomas and Emma Clarine Goggins Pennington in Somerset, KY. He departed to be with his Lord on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Paul loved God and his family and was blessed to be united in marriage to Stephanie Golding Pennington for 36 beautiful years. One son, Paul Clabourne (Clay) was born to this union.
Affectionately known as “Bazz” in his childhood, he accepted Christ at an early age and became an active youth member at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Somerset.
Paul was a graduate of Somerset High School, class of 1972. He was an avid student athlete, participating in both track and field and basketball. After graduating Somerset High School, he
attended Somerset Community College (1972-1974), and then studied at the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University. In 1978, he graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Civil Engineering degree. Known for his incredibly strong work ethic and drive to provide for his family, he worked as an engineer until his retirement from Gannett Fleming in 2022.
Outside of work, Paul was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church family where he served as Chairman of the Deacon Board and Planning Board committee until his passing. He was also known for his melodic voice. Whether through singing, prayer, or presenting a Word to others, he was always equipped with the right thing to say, at the right time, to bless those around him with comfort and joy.
An ardent sports enthusiast, Paul never missed a chance to cheer on his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Pittsburgh Steelers, or lend his unwavering support
to the Lincoln Park Leopards basketball team. Amidst the tranquility of the golf course, he discovered a sanctuary that brought him profound peace. Each swing of the club became an eloquent extension of his spirit, and the scenic beauty of the course mirrored his love for the outdoors.
During leisurely moments, Paul expressed his creativity through the meticulous curation of his yard. Every blade of grass and every bloom served as a paint stroke on his a vibrant canvas, a
testament to his profound connection with God and nature. And on other days, he found comfort in simply watching the rain from his garage.
A man of compassion, Paul’s generosity knew no bounds. His benevolent spirit extended far and wide, providing opportunities, work, and financial support to those in need. He was honored
to have served on the board of the Women’s Center of Beaver County. He played an instrumental role in the founding of the Midland Innovation Technology Charter School in 2022, of which he was a board member until his passing.
Paul was preceded in death by siblings Robert Goggins, Charles Robert Pennington, Gerald D. Pennington, William Pennington, Thomas Pennington, George Pennington, Emma C. Mimms, Zona M. Simpson, Mary J. Goggins, Kathleen Jenkins, Helen Strong, Ruth Baker, Irene Slaughter and Anna M. Whittington, in addition to other family members.
Paul leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Stephanie, his son Clay, his mother-in-law, Ruby (Auncie) Golding, two stepsons Monte and Meechie Bell, two sisters Carolyn Pennington
Arrington (Simon), Sarah Pennington Coffey (Arnold), a brother John Goggins, two sisters-in-law Daphne Holloway (Robert), Mimi Wilson, a brother-in-law, Aaron Golding, and may other relatives and friends.
Paul’s service will be lived streamed at 11am Saturday on Washington Funeral Home & Cremation Facebook page.
Friends and family will be received on Friday, July 28 , 2023 from 5pm – 7pm and on Saturday, July 29 from 10am – 11am followed by a Homegoing Service at the First Baptist Church, 370 Beaver Street, Beaver PA. Service entrusted to Washington Funeral Home & Cremations 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA. Regina Washington Supervisor