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Peggy Jane Tenpenny

July 15, 1935 — December 26, 2023


Peggy Jane Tenpenny

Peggy Jane Tenpenny (née. Beavers), age 88, passed peacefully into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, December 26, 2023, at Longview Regional Hospital in Longview, TX.

Mrs. Tenpenny was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Allen Tenpenny, her parents, Roy and Reba Beavers, her brother, Elwin Beavers, and grandson Austin Tenpenny. She is survived by her son Stephen Tenpenny and wife Celeste of Dallas, TX with their children Jason Tenpenny, Jenna Galpin and husband Andy, and Brian Tenpenny and wife Avery; her daughter Angela Tenpenny of Tyler, TX with her son Cameron Tenpenny; her son Timothy Tenpenny and wife Cheri of Fulshear, TX, and their sons Will Tenpenny and Bryson Tenpenny; and her sister Sandra Gayle Pierce. Pallbearers for the burial will be Jason, Brian, Will, Cameron, Bryson Tenpenny, and Andy Galpin.

Peggy was born in Gilmer, TX on July 15, 1935. She was the middle of three children born to Roy and Reba Beavers. She grew up on a family farm outside of Gilmer, attended Mings Chapel School, and then graduated from Union Grove High School in 1953. She loved to play volleyball, was a cheerleader, and was homecoming queen her senior year. She attended Tennessee Temple College in Chattanooga, TN where she met her husband, Raymond, and they were married in January 1955. She gave birth to her three children between 1956 and 1961. The family moved to Longview, TX in 1960 where her husband, Raymond, pastored several churches for 50 years, most notably Macedonia Baptist Church (for more than 30 years). Peggy was a stay-at-home mom, and she very dutifully and lovingly lived out the role of a pastor's wife. She is well remembered by many ladies who were part of the Sunday School class she faithfully taught for many years. In 1971, she was hired by Longview School District to be a teacher’s aide. The next year she became secretary to the principal at Everhart Elementary and filled that role until she retired from LISD in 1993. A few years before her retirement she and Raymond moved back to the farm where she grew up outside of Gilmer where she helped care for her aging parents. A primary reason she retired was to be an active and loving grandmother for her 7 grandchildren, who affectionately called her either “Momer” or “Momo”. All of her family loved her marvelous cooking. She was close to many of her cousins who lived in the Longview and Gilmer area. They regularly planned cousin get-togethers. Shortly after losing her husband, she happily began the next phase of her life by moving into Hawkins Creek Assisted Living in Longview where she enjoyed making many new friends. Peggy is well-loved and respected by hundreds of people in the Longview and Gilmer area and will be greatly missed by them all.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, December 29, 2023, at the chapel of Croley Funeral Home in Gilmer with Bro. Wayne Norvell officiating. Interment to follow at Glade Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 28, 2023, from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the Croley Funeral Home in Gilmer.

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