Charley Choyce Pennington Jr., 54, of Moundridge, passed away on Sept. 30, 2017, at the Robert J. Dole Veterans Medical Center in Wichita surrounded by friends and family. He passed quietly after a strong and courageous battle with esophageal cancer.

Charley was born June 11, 1963 in Independence, Missouri to Choise and Shirley (Weir) Pennington.

Charley grew up in several locations until moving to Braidwood, Illinois in 1974. He was a 1981 graduate of Reed-Custer High school where he lettered in both wrestling and football. During graduation, he was awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award.

After high school, Charley enlisted in the U.S. Army. Upon graduation from basic training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, he was assigned as a self-propelled field artillery systems mechanic with Service Battery 3/6th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley. Upon his discharge in 1985, Charley settled in Moundridge.

In November 1985, he married DeReva Willis at the Moundridge Methodist Church. Charley and DeReva made their home and raised their daughter Jackie in Moundridge. Charley worked for many years as a truck driver for Farmland until an injury forced him to quit what he truly loved. For the past few years, he worked at the Holiday Inn in Newton.

Charley was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge 172 and the Shriners. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and watching old movies. Charley was also an avid Chicago Bears and Cubs fan.

He was preceded in death by his father Choise, mother Shirley, sister Teresa, brother Daryl and mother-in-law Thelma (Jones) Willis.

He is survived by his wife DeReva, daughter Jackie Rowlands, son-in-law Timothy Rowlands of Abilene, granddaughter Reese, grandson Heath, brother Clark and wife LuAnn of Plymouth, Massachusetts and brother LeRoy and wife Brenda of Yemassee, South Carolina, father -in-law Jack Willis and wife Darlene of Moundridge, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services for Charley will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at the Moundridge United Methodist Church, with visitation to begin at 8:30 a.m. There will be a brunch served by the ladies of the church immediately following the service.

Following the church services, a graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. in Lakeside Cemetery, Bartlett, where Masonic and military rites will be observed.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Robert J. Dole Veterans Medical Center in care of Moundridge Funeral Home, Moundridge.