Thomas O. Penn Jr.


Thomas O. Penn Jr, age 65 went to be with the Lord February 18, 2021. Thomas was born in Columbus, Ohio June 15, 1955. Thomas will be remembered for being a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend.

He was a graduate of South High School in Columbus Ohio.  He was a General Motors retiree where he spent thirty years working in productions.  He was a member of New Birth Christian Ministries where he served on the Deacon Board. Thomas loved sports and was an avid fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, and Los Angeles Lakers. Because of his love of sports, he spent years as an assistant basketball coach for the Eastmoor Lady Warriors Basketball Team, and several young men’s recreational teams. During his time as a coach, he was able to sow into so many people’s lives by giving a word of advice or even giving a helping hand.

In his latter years, he spent his free time watching Westerns, sports, and listening to Buckeye Radio. Thomas was always there to give a free word of advice or an inspirational story that seemed to shape so many people’s lives. But more importantly, he will be remembered for loving his wife, Connnie unconditionally.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Connie Penn, Sister Robin (Wayne) Oliver; Daughters, Trina Penn, Tracey Penn, Tricia (Mouhamed) Mbaye; Adopted children, Selena Jackson, Lakeysha Scott, Shawntaa (Alexander) McEntire, Anwar (Natasha) Taylor; Grandchildren Rokhaya Mbaye, Kennedy Penn, Marie Tucker, Maurissa Tucker; Adopted grandchildren Jaylen Hullum, Makayla Scott, Jay R Scott and Krystal Bryant Logan Lay; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Pauline Penn; Brothers, Gary Penn Sr, and David Penn.

Visitation 9:00 AM and Funeral Service 10:00 AM Saturday, February 27, 2021 at New Birth Christian Ministries, 3475 Refuge Rd. Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

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  1. A phenomenal man! Like a second DAD! Made me laugh, gave me sound wisdom, and was an example in my eyes of a loving HUSBAND, FATHER AND FRIEND. I will forever cherish the last memory of us all laughing at 1565! Me, Mr and Mrs Penn, Tracey and Tricia, Boo and Joy. He talked to me that day and laughed with me and at me because I like Michigan and he likes Ohio State and in his famous words he said”Michigan Sucks” and laughed 1565 will never be the same without you!
    Love Ron Cooley

  2. Condolence, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Kevin M. Palmore

    To Connie and the Penn family,
    I just want to express to you, my sincere and heartfelt condolences. I know that this is a difficult time for each of you but I know that God is faithful. He WILL grant you a peace that surpasses all understanding, not only for now but in the days to come. Tommy was like a big brother to me and the Penn family has been a blessing and an extension of family one rarely experiences during this lifetime. Tommy will be missed because he touched so many throughout his life. Please know that I will be praying for all the family, that God will bring to you the memories left behind by a life well lived. Take your rest Tommy and because the promises of God are yes and amen, I will see you again. Grace and peace to all.

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