William Penn

William Lamont Penn

Wednesday, October 25th, 1950 - Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
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William Lamont "Bill" Penn, age 69 of Cookeville, Tennessee passed from this life Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

He was born Wednesday, October 25, 1950 in Milan, Indiana. He was the son of the late Theoel and Margaret (Lambe) Penn.

Bill was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Brother. He was retired from the Kicks Radio Station with Stonecom Communications.

He graduated from Dillsboro High School in 1968. After serving 3 years during the Vietnam War Era in Germany, he graduated from the Columbus, OH Broadcasting School, Bill began his broadcast career in 1974 in Vevay, IN. He worked in radio in east TN including stops at Knoxville's WNOX. Penn arrived in Cookeville in 1981 working for owners including Dwight Henry and Joe Wilmoth. Stonecom graciously wanted to do something to honor Bill's long-time service to this community, his loving nature, and his just plain goodness. His teammates believed that the best way to honor Bill was to find the next Bill Penn -- by giving a student in the Upper Cumberland the chance to follow in his footsteps through a career in radio, television, journalism marketing or public relations, Thus the Bill Penn Broadcast Scholarship was born and is awarded to a deserving student every year. Bill has always been a leader in his Church, loving his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. He was active at Eastwood Baptist Church and then joined The River Fellowship. He played a part in erecting the beautiful cross that overlooks the highway.

One of Bill's proudest achievements was the many foster children he cared for and mentored. It culminated in the adoption of his precious Jacob, Catalina and Elena Penn.

Sunday morning, Rock 93-7's David Hunter will present a special edition of Rockin The Rock in tribute to Bill Penn. The program airs 8-10am on Rock 93-7.

Bill is survived by his Wife Debra Sue Penn of Cookeville, TN

5 Daughters and Spouses:
Britlee and Todd Moates of Knoxville, TN
Melissa and Skyler Bouslog of Cookeville, TN
Catalina Penn of Cookeville, TN
Mikayla and Gio Cruz of Cookeville, TN
Elena Penn of Cookeville, TN

1 Son:
Jacob Penn of Cookeville, TN

7 Grandchildren

2 Sisters and Brothers-in-law:
Wanda and Jim Trester of Aurora, IN
Joyce and Joe Conlon of Warsaw, IN

1 Stepdaughter:
Brittany and Adam Marten of Athens, AL

1 Stepson:
William and Nicole Ford of Texarkana, AR

A host of Nieces and Nephews.

In addition to his parents Bill was preceded in death by his late Wife Debra Jane Penn, 1 Son: Jeremy Lamont Penn, 1 Sister: Sue Margaret Carter.

A Graveside service for Bill with full military honors provided by the Veterans Honor Guard, will be held Friday, July 3, 2020 beginning at 12:00 PM at Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery with Bro. Steve Tiebout officiating. Interment will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery.

Please visit and sign the online guest register and send a message to the family.

Crest Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, July 3rd, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Friday, July 3rd, 2020 12:00pm
    Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery
    800 West Jackson Street
    Cookeville, TN 38501
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    Bro. Steve Tiebout
  • Interment

    Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery
    800 W. Jackson Street
    Cookeville, TN 38501
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Steve Chatman

Posted at 12:46pm
So very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was a faithful face at The River Community Church and always had a gentle smile. Praying for you guys. - Steve Chatman

Sharon Telinda

Posted at 10:46am
So sorry for you all's lose . I remember him giving me rides on his motorcycle when I was very young in grandpa's back yard . Sharon and Tim Telinda.


Posted at 04:47am
I so sorry for your loss. I love you Debbie!
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Britlee Moates and Family

Posted at 12:59am
Dad, You will forever be in our hearts. We love you.
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Melinda Norris

Posted at 07:51pm
I'm so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I always enjoyed going to church with the entire Penn family at Eastwood Baptist Church many years ago. Bill operated the sound system & I was the church pianist at the time. I don't remember ever seeing him without a smile. He was always ready, willing, and able to jump in and do whatever was needed. Helping others seemed to bring him joy. He also operated the sound system at my son's funeral back in 2009. My most sincere condolences to the Penn family. -- Melinda Norris (formerly Burnette)

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