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Lucille Pankey

June 17, 1931 August 26, 2019
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Lucille C. Pankey was born June 17, 1931, in Camilla, Georgia. She was the nineteenth of twenty-one children born to the late Silas and Annie Swan Cochran.

Lucille received an Associate degree from Kankakee Community College and completed a Bachelors degree at Olivet Nazarene University in 1975 at the age of 44. She was employed at Manteno State Hospital for 18 years. She chose to work the nightshift so that she could be home with her family during the day. After graduating from Olivet, she worked as a Social Worker for the Community Action Program, and later as a substitute teacher at Kankakee High school.

Lucille was an active member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Kankakee, Illinois. In her early years at Shiloh, Lucille sang in the choir and later served as the Church Clerk. She would always end the church announcements by quoting her favorite scripture, Isaiah 40:31: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.” In later years, she transferred her membership to Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Kankakee and was appointed to the Mother’s Board.

Lucille was the proud mother of three children, all of whom were products of Kankakee District 111, and completed high school and college. Lucille loved to travel, take long walks, tend to her garden, attend church, and was an avid reader. Of her travels she often spoke of about her trip to the holy land. She was known to offer honest and extremely blunt advice to anyone that would listen. Lucille's advice was always sprinkled with the kind of humor that would make you double over with laughter, even when she wasn’t trying to be funny.

Lucille was preceded in death by her husband Clyde Pankey Jr., whom she married Nov. 24, 1951, in Kankakee; her parents Silas and Annie Swan Cochran; eleven brothers, eight sisters; two grandchildren, Brandon Pankey and Dioandra Shepherd; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

She leaves to cherish her memory one daughter, Barbara (Elder Lawrence) Shepherd of Bourbonnais; two sons Kenneth (Patricia) Pankey Sr. of Richmond. Va., Bruce Pankey Sr. (Jacinta Kelly) of Washington, D.C.; one brother, Postelle ( Dorothy) Cochran of Peru, Indiana; 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Lucille also leaves with love two former daughters-in-law, Valerie Pankey and Marlene Pankey; close friends Cynthia Leggett and Nicky Yates; her church family; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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9:00 AM 9/3/2019 9:00:00 AM
Greater New Hope

1591 E Cedar St
Kankakee , IL 60901

Funeral services are at 11 AM Tuesday, September 3, 2019 also at the Church. Pastor Howard Wills, Sr. will officiate.

Greater New Hope
1591 E Cedar St Kankakee 60901 IL
United States

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Kankakee Memorial Final Resting Place

3000 Road S
Kankakee, IL 60901

3000 Road S Kankakee 60901 IL
United States

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