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Donald ‘Kent’ Peninger, 57, treasured time spent at the beach with family

Donald ‘Kent’ Peninger

OAK ISLAND — Donald “Kent” Peninger, 57, originally from Carrboro and spending as much time as he could at Oak Island planning to make his dream of living near the ocean come true, gained his angel wings Monday evening, Sept. 28, 2020, at New Hanover Medical Center surrounded by his loving family and special friends.

Born June 14, 1963, to the late Donald and Ruth Peninger, Kent was an avid Tarheels fan, jokester and fireball. He was always the life of the party, never met a stranger and was loved by all who knew him. His smile and his laugh were infectious. Kent loved music, especially The Doors, “Come on Baby Light my Fire,” and he loved time on the beach with his family singing “It Ain’t My Fault” at the top of his lungs.

In addition to his loving wife, Veronica, left to cherish his memories are his stepson, John Croy, and his wife, Amanda, and their children, Linleigh, Bennett, Addie Jane and Navy Marie; mother-in-law, Dora Wright of Georgia; sister-in-law and her husband, Ginger and Gene Ewing, and their son, Michael, of Georgia; two very special cousins he treated like his own children, Alley and Tyler Crook; along with a host of family and friends who loved him dearly.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4, on the beach at Oak Island with the Father Phil Byrum officiating. Please contact the family for details.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pleasant Garden Baptist Church, Pleasant Garden, Richard and Toni Wright Continuing to Give and Encourage Scholarship, just because he was “Da-Nephew.” Special thank you to the doctors and nurses at the hospital for all of their love and support. Fly high, Superman.

Share online condolences with the family at Brunswick Funeral Service.

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