Troy A. Pendley Sr. of St. James, formerly of St. Louis City, passed away at the Missouri Veteran's Home on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. He was 81 years, 11 months, and 3 days of age.
Troy Pendley was born on Aug 28, 1931, at Corona, Ala., to Jesse and Elva (Pendley) Pendley.
He was united in marriage to Betty Watkins on March 12, 1959, at St. Louis, Mo.
Troy A. Pendley is survived by his wife, Betty Pendley of St. James; sons, Thomas Joseph Pendley of Bonne Terre, Mo; Thomas T. Pendley of O'Fallon, and Troy A. Pendley Jr. of Bonne Terre; daughters, Mary Frances Gann and husband Brian of St. James and Debra Marie Haungs and husband Terry of St. Louis; sisters, Inez Finn of Alabama and Irene Homyer of Edwardsville, Ill. He is further survived by nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Catherine Perry Pendley, one sister Grace McGlufflin and one great-grandchild Tony (T.J) Giaechina, Jr.
Troy A. Pendley Sr. was a retired St. Louis City fire-fighter for 28 1/2 years and worked for the St. Louis County Fire Dept. for three years. Mr. Pendley was presented with many heroic rescue awards and was honored from the governor's office several times. He was a veteran of the Korean War and held memberships in V.F.W., the St. Louis Masonic Triangle Lodge #638 A.F & A.M., having served as Past Master. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Elks Lodge of Desloge, and was a Life member of the Eagles Lodge # 4210; also Troy was a 32nd degree Mason.
Troy A. Pendley Sr. will lie in state from 6-8 pm Sunday Aug. 4, 2013, at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James. Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James with Jerry Baumann officiating. Burial will be in the St. James Cemetery with military honors. Memorial may be given in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer's Association.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James. www.jonesfunerals.com