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- Published on 27 March 2013
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Graveside funeral services for Warren Calvin Penn, age 92 of Mount Vernon, were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Mount Vernon City Cemetery with Rev. David Dotson officiating.
Mr. Penn was born on Oct. 11, 1920 in Mount Vernon to Curtis and Clara Floyd Penn. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1939. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the European area. After his discharge, he went to New York City to study drama at New York University. He would visit Mount Vernon on his vacations and direct the senior play at Mount Vernon High School. He was an author and playwright. He began his publishing career as the assistant to the director of publishing at Hardware News. He eventually became head of production at the paper. He lived in a penthouse that had once been servant quarters during World War II. He created a terrace fountain and was named “New York’s Most Successful Gardener” and Highest Altitude Gardner in 1961.
He returned to Mount Vernon to help care for his ailing father, who died in 1981. His mother died two years later. He devoted his time to the Providence and Mount Vernon City cemeteries. He was of the Baptist faith. He retired in May 2008 as secretary/treasurer for the Providence Cemetery Board of Directors after 28 years of service.
He died Saturday, March 23 at the Mission Manor Nursing Home. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Grace Nelson.
He is survived by his cousins, Glynna Gaylon, Thelda Holsenbeck, LaFreda Henry, and Juanita Floyd; special friends, John and Lera Owens of Mount Vernon, Frank Scott of Allentown, Pa., Bob Richards of Dallas; and his cat, Hobo..
Pallbearers were Paul Duvall, Richard “Bob” Richardson, Carry Henry, Billy Jordan, Jerry “Buddy” Holly, Eddie Turner and Johnny Owens.