Leeona (Pennington) Tackett

August 10, 1935 ~ October 2, 2020 (age 85)



Leeona Pennington Tackett, age 85, of Big Brushy Road, Morehead, passed away Friday, October 2, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loving family.


Born August 10, 1935, in Elliott County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Alta Fraley Pennington. 


Leeona’s husband of 61 years, Vernon Webster Tackett, whom she married August 10, 1954, preceded her in death on June 13, 2015. Vernon always said, “he knew he was going to marry her the first time he saw her”. He was driving down main street and she was walking down the street with curlers in her hair. She was the love of his life.


She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Randolph, Ronnie, and Glenn Pennington, and seven sisters, Dorothy DeHart, Lurene Ison, Pearl Black, Ann Anderson, Gemina Pennington, Nadine Downing, and Elizabeth Buttry.


Leeona is survived by her loving daughter, Renita Jackson; two very special granddaughters, Amanda Ball and Alexandra Jackson; adopted daughter/niece, Michelle Pennington Hatton; adopted granddaughters/great nieces, Madison and Reagan Hatton, all of Morehead; two sisters, Laura Pennington and Margery Griffith, both of Fairborn, Ohio; countless nieces and nephews; and other extended family members. 


She was hostess and waitress for several years in Fairborn, Ohio before moving back to Morehead in 1986. She was also a retired bus monitor for the Rowan County School System.


Leeona loved going to play bingo and seeing all her friends. She loved making flower arrangements, reading, working crossword puzzles, knitting, crocheting, working in her flower beds, collecting glassware, cooking.  Her family always loved when she fixed her special spaghetti sauce and potato salad. Leeona especially loved spending time with her family, as she said, “her people and her special friend Gene Warren”, who is no longer with us.


Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 5, 2020, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel with nephews Keith Pennington and Dr. Jerry Caudill officiating.  Burial will follow in the Charlie Pennington Cemetery.


Pallbearers: Charles Pennington, Randy Pennington, Keith Pennington, Todd Buttry, John Brown, and Mike Mackin.


Honorary Pallbearers:  Amanda Ball, Alexandra Jackson, Ronald “Specks” Buttry, and Dr. Jerry Caudill.


Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, October 4, 2020, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, 400 Fraley Drive, Morehead, Kentucky 40351.


COVID-19 restrictions as set forth by the state will be observed.


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October 4, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, Inc.
400 Fraley Drive
Morehead, KY 40351

Funeral Service
October 5, 2020

10:30 AM
Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, Inc.
400 Fraley Drive
Morehead, KY 40351

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