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“Mrs. Penny was such a wonderful teacher, and she always took time with each and every student. She was a great teacher, mentor, and friend to so...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Holley Robinson - Texarkana, TX

“She was the first person who wasn't related to me that actually made me believe I was smart, she believed I could do anything, and make sure I...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Carrie Slay (May) - Texarkana, TX

“Mrs. Penny was good person and teacher. She was my sister teacher tiger time and yearbook. Class 94. Rest peace Connie penny. Should going miss you...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Amanda Grant - Texarkana, AR

Me, receiving an award with my family “My deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Mrs. Penny, a teacher who truly shaped my career trajectory. I started Journalism on the...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: April Matthis - New York, NY

“My heart dropped this morning when a classmate, Leah Rauch, texted me to tell me that our dear journalism teacher, Connie Penny had passed away. My...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Becky Bell - Omaha, TX - Student

“Mrs. Penny was a ray of sunshine in my life and the lives of so many others. You have our deepest condolences on her passing. ”
6 of 22 | Posted by: Randy Wilson - Nutley, NJ

“So sorry to hear about Connie, she was a very special person.Janet ”
7 of 22 | Posted by: Janet York - Blanchard, OK

“So saddened to hear of Mrs Penny's passing. She was a wonderful lady who so lovingly, wholeheartedly breathed self-esteem into my son, Marc, when he...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Angie Dailey - Redwater, TX

“I have so many good memories of Connie. My best is when she agreed to do the closing programs for Bible School. They were wonderful and the kids love...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Charlotte Ayers - Ashdown, AR

“I am so very sad to hear about the death of Mrs. Penny. Just found out and feel like I am at a loss for words. Without a doubt, she was the teacher...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Leah Rauch - Colleyville, TX

“Loved working across the hall and then down the hall from Connie at Texas High for many years. Our daughters grew up together and were dear friends...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Dot Carmichael Newman - AR

“I worked with Connie at Texas High for many years. But, I first knew her as a teacher when I was in the 10th grade. She was teaching at Arkansas...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Glenna (Avery) Bennett - TX

“"Go for it!" Those are the words I heard her say so many times. Whether it was when applying to be yearbook editor, heading out on stage...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Genevieve Wood - Washington, DC

“Phillip, so sorry to hear about Connie. You have our deepest sympathy. ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: Venda Burkett - DeKalb, TX

“Comfort & Prayers to Y'all at this difficult time ”
15 of 22 | Posted by: Nicole Dudley - Texarkana, TX

“Lacrecia ”
16 of 22 | Posted by: Kirkpatrick - Taylor, AR

“I was privileged to be a senior at Texas High School during Mrs. Penny's first year teaching journalism at the school. I was editor of the school...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Laurie Waters Hardwick - Houston, TX

“Mrs. Penny was my English teacher at Ashdown High in the 70's. Phillip worked my husband, Al at Domtar. We are so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Penny was...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Al & Deborah Garrett - Wilton, AR

“Prayers for the family ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: Dean and Peggy Dierks - Foreman, AR

“Connie and I taught several yearbook workshops together over the years. She also brought me to her school to work with her staffs. She was a fabulous...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Sherri Taylor - Syracuse, NY

“So many wonderful, happy, fun and serious moments of friendship with Connie! She will always be the "SPARKLE" in my fond memories of her. ”
21 of 22 | Posted by: MELBA WOOD - Texarkana, TX

“Mrs. Penny was my (and many others') journalism teacher. After I graduated, I was kind of floundering. Mrs. Penny asked for and got approval for an ...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Jennifer Cannon Moore - Greenwood, LA


Connie (Trammell) Penny, 77, returned to her heavenly home on April 13, 2017 after a valiant battle against health complications from surgery. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in this struggle and ultimately gave her peace.

Connie was born to the late Isaac and Oletta Trammell, in Wallace, AR on March 1, 1940. Connie was blessed with a large and loving family. She had a huge heart and loved her immediate and extended family greatly. She had great love for her daughter, Precious (deceased), and her son, Phil. She was so very thrilled at the birth of her grandsons, Maddox and Isaac Ash. She always put family before anything else and loved spending special occasions with her family during holidays and vacations to the beach.

Connie was a dedicated educator and had great passion for her chosen profession. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1963 with a degree in journalism. She taught journalism, literature and English at Texas High in Texarkana and Ashdown High in Arkansas. She helped many students produce many fabulous yearbooks over the years, capturing their high school memories. She received many awards throughout her life for professional accomplishments as a journalism teacher.

Connie is survived by her husband of 53 years, Phillip Penny; her son, Phil Penny, his wife, Rebekah, her cherished grandsons, Maddox and Isaac Ash; her sister, Peggy Davis and brother, Michael Trammell. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Precious; her parents, Isaac and Oletta Trammell; her brother, Charles Trammell and sister, Dean Davis.

A celebration of Connie's wonderful life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 17, with a visitation preceding the service beginning at 12:00 at the First Baptist Church in Ashdown. Interment will be at Marvin Cemetery in Wallace, AR. Reverend Butch Riddle will conduct the service. The family gratefully requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the Susan G. Komen Foundation, but prayers, condolences and memories are gladly accepted at http://madden.funeralplan2.com.