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John Newton Penberthy
John Newton Penberthy

WILMINGTON — John Newton Penberthy, 74, passed away at his home surrounded by his family Sunday, March 12, 2017.

He was born in Punxsutawney, Penn., Aug. 30, 1942, to the late John Newton Penberthy and Ella Mae Emhoff Penberthy.

John served his country in the U.S. Navy. He was the owner of Penberthy Refrigeration Company for over 40 years. After retirement, he was an active member of the American Legion, Elks Club, Moose Lodge and VFW.

John was preceded in death by his son, Brian Wade Penberthy.

John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nannette Brogdon Penberthy. In addition to Nannette, John is survived by his children, Dean Penberthy of Laichingen, Germany, Yvonne Fizer of Burgaw, N.C., Christopher Penberthy of San Antonio, Texas, Paul Penberthy of Wilmington, N.C., and Sue Briggs of Hagerstown, Md.; 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brothers, Jim Helm and Gene Penberthy; and sister, Donna Mroczkowski. He will be greatly missed.

The family will hold a private memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, they have requested donations be made in John’s honor to Lower Cape Fear Hospice or a charity of your choice.

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