PENSACOLA, Fla. — Ilene Pennington Monk, our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend went home to be with the Lord and to be reunited with her late husband, Rev. J. Charlie Monk, Jr. on Monday, December 23, 2013.
She was born December 17, 1921 in Mobile, Alabama to the late Walter Franklin and Lillie Jane Hinote Pennington. She spent her early life in Mobile, Alabama and attended the Tabernacle Bible Church under the ministry of Rev. Henry Grube. She graduated from Murphy High School in 1940 and in 1941 attended Bob Jones College in Cleveland, Tennessee. There she met J. Charlie Monk, a Bible major from Erwin, Tennessee and they married Thanksgiving, 1944.
She served with her husband in the ministry as a faithful pastor’s wife, Sunday School teacher, ladies missionary fellowship leader, and adult choir member. Their ministries led them to the First Baptist Church, Bassett, Virginia for two years, Brinson, Georgia for two years, BrentwoodBaptistChurch, High Point, North Carolina for thirty-nine years, Euclid Avenue Baptist Church, Bristol, Virginia for six years, and Paperville Baptist Church, Bristol, Virginia for three years. They celebrated 57 years of marriage in November 2001.
In April 2002, her husband went to be with the Lord. Following his death, Ilene continued to live in Tennessee for two years. In 2004 she returned to Mobile, Alabama to be closer to immediate family members who still lived in the area. In 2006, she moved to Pensacola, Florida to be near her oldest daughter. While in Pensacola, she attended the Campus Church of Pensacola Christian College.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, W. Frederick Pennington, Sr. and W. Clifford Pennington; and sister, Helen Latham. Survivors include two daughters, Charlene F. Monk of Pensacola, Florida and Priscilla J. Moore of Greenville, South Carolina; one grandson, Derek K. Moore of Greenville, South Carolina; two sisters, Marie Humes of Austin, Texas and Lillie Mae Dudley of Richmond, Virginia; sister-in-law, Virginia Pennington of Williamsburg, Virginia; brother-in-law and wife Paul C. and Helen Monk of Erwin, Tennessee, and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Friday, December 27, 2013 at Oakley-Cook Funeral Home, Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, Tennessee. The funeral service will follow at 8:00 PM with Pastor Bob Jones, Euclid Avenue Baptist Church Bristol, Virginia, Dr. Reggie Weems Heritage Baptist Church Johnson City Tennessee and officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mr. Eric Hicks First Baptist Church of Bristol, Virginia. The committal and interment service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 28, 2013 in Evergreen Cemetery Erwin, Tennessee with Rev. Kevin Watson officiating.
Honorary and active pallbearers will be Derek K. Moore, W. Frederick Pennington, Jr., W. Don Pennington, Norm C. Pennington, David L. Pennington, Tom S. Pennington, Walter Louis Latham, Paul Latham, Douglas Treadway, Brandon Treadway, Clark Duncan, and Jarrod Foster.
The family would like to extend sincere thanks to the Health Center of Pensacola C-wing nurses and staff for their attentive care and love for 6 years and to Covenant Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Gideons International.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed by visiting www.oakley-cook.com. Arrangements especially for Mrs. Monk and her family have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory.