Woman dies of shotgun blast to head
A Gaffney woman was shot to death at her home Saturday morning, Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said.Fowler identified the victim as Rita McGaha Pennington, 59, of 1089 Ford Road.Fowler said the woman’s husband, Dean Pennington, told investigators he was cleaning his 12-gauge shotgun at about 8 a.m. when it discharged a shell striking his wife.“The victim was pronounced dead at the scene,” Fowler said in a written statement.Fowler said an autopsy conducted Sunday morning showed Rita McGaha Pennington died from a gunshot wound to the head. The coroner said he will not issue a ruling on the matter of Pennington’s death until the investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office is completed.No charges had been filed as of Sunday afternoon.
In Memory of Rita Faye Pennington
Obituary for Rita Pennington
Rita Faye Pennington,59 of Gaffney, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 21, 2014.
Mrs. Pennington was born February 17, 1955 in Spartanburg. Rita had a quiet strength about her, she was devoted to her family; a loving mother and grandmother. She had a giving spirit , making sure that everyone around her was taken care of. She will be remembered for her smile,her hugs and the way she always said “I Love You” when saying her goodbyes.
She is predeceased by her step-mother, Mary Robbins, her father, Norman Cecil McGaha sisters; Gloria Bobo of Spartanburg, Judy McGaha of Alaska, and Angie Waters of Spartanburg. Those left to cherish her memory include her children; Rocky Neal Pennington, Riker Pennington and wife Scarlett, Eric Pennington, Bryan Pennington, Robin Peeler and husband Garry, Samantha Ledbetter and husband David, grandchildren; Brianna Pennington, Christopher Patrick Pennington, Lauren Elizabeth Pennington, Brianna Pennington, Austin Travis Pennington, Eric Pennington, Jr., Christopher Pennington, Josh Pennington, Elizabeth Pennington, Ashley Pennington, Keith Pennington , Kevin Peeler, Casey Peeler, Caleb Peeler, Emily Ledbetter, Brittany Rochester, great-grandchildren; Lili Pennington, Skyler Pennington, Miliegh Pennington, Josie Peeler and Dalton Rochester.
Burial:Frederick Memorial Gardens, Gaffney, Cherokee County, South Carolina
Spouse of: William Dean Pennington (1945- ), son of Roy Herbert Pennington (1918 - 1994) & Nellie Veitch Smith Pennington (1924 - 2012)
PRA Group 6. Source; Linda Robertson, PRA Group 6 Leader