Monday, August 19, 1974 - Saturday, July 1, 2017
PATTI “PEYTON” PENNINGTON passed away on July 1, 2017 at UAB Hospital in Birmingham after a long and courageous battle with an extended illness. She was 42.Peyton was loved by all who spent time with her. With complete ease, she gave the gift of laughter to all in her presence. Born in Dothan, Alabama on August 19, 1974, she graduated from Vestavia High School in 1992. Soon thereafter, she met her future husband Mike Pennington, a Birmingham attorney, with whom she would spend the next 23 years. Peyton was a much-loved stepmother to Mike’s children, Jennifer Michelle Pennington, Allie Rabon Pennington, and Aulton Ralls Pennington. She leaves behind many friends all over this country, but her dearest, closest friend was unquestionably her mother, Patti Palmer Spruell of Dothan, Alabama. Peyton was equally devoted to Patti’s husband, Ken Spruell. She also leaves behind many other loved ones, including her brothers Glenn and Sean Sanders of Dothan; her father Wallace Sanders and his wife Patsy, also of Dothan; half-siblings Jeremy Sanders and Heather Levengood of Pennsylvania; uncle, Larry Sanders and his wife Debbie of Louisiana; stepbrothers Jason and Derek Spruell and Brian and Danny Sconyers; Aunts Betsy P. Collins of Mobile and Bonnie Palmer of Dothan; her mother-in-law Patsy Jones Pennington and stepmother-in-law Sandra Braxton Pennington; and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in passing by her grandparents Jesse and Betty R. Palmer of Dothan and Alvin and Lillie Sanders of Rehobeth, as well as her beloved uncle, Jesse Glenn Palmer of Dothan. Peyton’s ability to light up a room with laughter and fun just by the force of her own personality will be missed by all who knew her. Her family will receive guests at Sorrells Funeral Home & Crematory in Slocomb, Alabama on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the Sorrells Funeral Home Chapel , Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. with Reverends Wendell Holmes and Rick Ousley officiating. Interment will be at her mother’s family farm at 11780 Fortner Street, Dothan, Alabama, with Rev. Tommy White presiding. Peyton would be grateful for donations to be made to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, the Jimmie Hale Mission in Birmingham, Grace Point Church in Pelham, Alabama, or the City of Slocomb Dog Kennel. Pallbearers will be Ken Spruell, Sean Sanders, Ralls Pennington, Darrell Raulerson, Danny Elkins, Guy McCullough. Honorary pallbearers will be Glenn Sanders, Paul David West, Bill Lovrich, Joe Sullivan, Nick Lee and Charlie Conaway.