Deotha D. Pannell


Deotha Pannell, age 90, of Columbus, Ohio, earned her heavenly wings on December 25, 2019. Deotha (AKA Mama Dee) was born on December 18, 1929 in Knoxville, Tennessee to Lonnie and Leona Davidson. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Deotha was an enthusiastic, social and passionate person who loved dancing, baking, working puzzles and reading. She was a member of Martin Luther King Jr. Temple 1216, Columbus, Ohio. She retired from the National Association of Letter Carriers where she worked as a secretary. Mama Dee was known as “The Chief Cook and Bottle Washer of the Clan. Her favorite saying was “Dynamite comes in small packages”.

Left to cherish her memories are her four children, Leona (Cat) Pannell-Herbert, Gladine Bruer (Carl), James (JP) Pannell, Walter (Cookie) Pannell
(Renee); Step-children, Jerry Pannell, Tyrone Broden, Ruby Sherman-Brown and Shelbye Young; brother, Warren Armestead (Mary), Wesley Armstead (Shirley). Deotha leaves a host of grandchildren, great grands, great-great-grands, nieces and nephews; sister in law, Gloria Davidson.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Joreece Kee (Franklin County Senior Options); Kobacher House Staff, (Columbus Oh) Hubbard Hospice House (Charleston WV) for the excellent care and support provided during her transition.

Visitation 11:00 AM and Funeral Service 12:00 PM Thursday, January 2, 2020 at MARLAN GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Interment at Glen Rest.

Condolence Messages

  1. You well be missed. Known to me as momma D. My condolences to the family and friends. Love you always.

  2. Wes, Shirley and family
    I was so very sorry to read about your loss. Please know that I am praying for you all. I sympathize and empathize with you. Trust Jesus to get you through this. I know He can. Jesus has comforted me through all my losses and bereavements! God Bless You all.

  3. Our condolences on the passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
    Bill and Gail Revels

  4. Sue,Vteima Powell and JONAE Brown

    Her smile lite up a room. We will miss her Bright Loving Smile.

  5. Thomasina Chester

    May You have Memories for Comfort, Friends for Support, and Faith to Ease your Sadness. Trust in the Lord and know that he is always there for you. So Sorry For the Passing of your Mother Your Friend, Thomasina Chester

  6. Larry and Paula Hill

    Our condolences on the passing of your beloved mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  7. We have very fond memories of Mama D. Our mother “Ticky” and Mama D were best friends. She will always have a special place in our hearts.

    The Thompson’s – Toni, Sion, Carmen, Metrice

  8. Our thoughts are with the family in this time of sorrow. In just a little while all of the pain and sorrow that we feel from the death of our love ones will cease and be replaced with joy, because the former things have passed away. Sharing your sadness.

  9. It is hard to believe that this little firecracker and classy lady has transitioned on. She was so smooth, so loving. Always smiling and greeting us with a warm greet. Will miss her presence and face. Dance around heaven mama see. Prayers of comfort

  10. Ashton “Beatle” Moore

    Sorry for your loss. My mom always enjoyed the times Jimmy would bring Mama Dee to visit. I’ll make a donation to hospice in her name.
    With love and sympathy.

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