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home : obituaries : obituaries September 15, 2014

Harley Funeral Home

Parker White Pruitt Funeral

6/25/2014 5:27:00 PM
Add Penfield - Greenwood
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Addison Pierce “Add” Penfield, Jr., 74, long-time journalist, died June 25, 2014, at Self Regional Medical Center.

Born May 19, 1940, Add was a native of Durham, NC.  He was a veteran of 30 years in the newspaper business in the Carolinas and was the winner of several awards from the press associations of the two states.

Penfield was a 1962 graduate of Duke University.  While at Duke he was Assistant Sports Information Director.  As such, he worked with a Cotton Bowl-winning football team, three Atlantic Coast Conference basketball championship teams, two of which advanced to the Final Four and one ACC baseball championship team which advanced to the College World Series.

Throughout his journalistic career, he performed in a variety of positions.  He started as a sports writer, then assistant sports editor, was the first sports editor of a brand new newspaper, news editor of three weekly newspapers and finally served as associate managing editor of the Index-Journal Newspaper in Greenwood when he was struck by a stroke while writing a headline.

His first position was as sportswriter for The State, Columbia, SC.  Next, he was assistant sports editor of The Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, NC.  When the Observer decided to create another paper, Penfield was chosen as the first sports editor.  He moved to Barnwell, SC as news editor of the People-Sentinel and Williston Way, also serving as general manager of the Allendale News Leader, all of which preceded his arrival in Greenwood in 1986 as Associate Managing Editor.

He was the son of the late Addison Pierce Penfield, Sr. and Virginia Cameron Penfield, and was grandson of the late L. George Penfield and Mildred Pierce Penfield.

He was married to RoseMarie Harmon Penfield, May 2, 1970.

He is survived by his wife RoseMarie, and son, Eric Pierce Penfield; a brother, Cameron Wallace Penfield of Oak Island, NC; and two sisters, Nancy Penfield Wease of Charlotte, NC and Sandra Penfield Suggs of Elm City, NC, two nephews and six nieces.

He was predeceased by a son, Christopher Harmon Penfield.

He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal in Greenwood, where he served as a member of the choir since 1999 and also taught Sunday School, was a Eucharistic Minister and a delegate to the diocesan convention of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina.

During his later years he took great personal pride in following the professional progress of reporters who at one time or another were under his tutelage.

Memorial services will be conducted at the Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Nicholas Beasley officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Church Columbarium following the service. 

A reception will be held in Emmaus Hall at the church following the service.

Memorials may be made to the Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal, P.O. Box 3283, Greenwood, SC  29648, or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glenn Allen, VA  23058-5216.

For online condolences please visit

Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting Mr. Penfield’s family.

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