|William Golden Carter Pennington
Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 12, 2018
William Golden Carter Pennington died after a brief illness on April 9, 2018 at the home of his
daughter, Marcia Pennington Shannon, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He was 97 years old.
Mr. Pennington was born February 8, 1921 in Washington, DC, the son of Lee Roberts and
Catherine Carter Pennington. He was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in 1938
and the University of Maryland in 1942, where he received the Bachelor of Science degree in
accounting. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy and graduated from Officer
Supply School at Harvard University in December 1942. Lt. Pennington would serve as the
Supply Officer on the U.S.S. Reid in the South Pacific for 17 months, participating in
operations at Guadalcanal, New Guinea and New Britain. Returning to the States, he was
stationed in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
In the fall of 1945, he met his future wife, Marcia Moss Lewis Pennington, a Naval
After the War, Mr. Pennington became a Certified Public Accountant and worked for two
different family businesses and as a civilian employee of the U.S. Air Force. In 1954, Mr.
Pennington started a CPA practice in Bethesda, Maryland which today is part of Dembo
He was active in a number of professional, civic and lineage organizations including the
Kiwanis Club of Bethesda, which he served as President, the Maryland Association of
Certified Public Accountants, serving as President of its Montgomery-Prince George's
Chapter, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, Association of Oldest Inhabitants
of D.C., the Sons of the American Revolution, Jamestowne Society and the Order of First
Families of Virginia.
Mr. Pennington was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Marcia, and is survived by his
four children, Catherine Pennington Paunov (Zlatko), Lee Roberts Pennington (Mary Ann),
Walter Carter Pennington (Donna) and Marcia Pennington Shannon (Michael), as well as
seven grandchildren, Meghan Ann Pennington, Caitlin Mary Pennington, Andrew Michael
Pennington, William Donald Summers Pennington, Charlotte Angela Summers Pennington,
Michael Thomas More Shannon (Ariel) and Patrick Campbell Lewis Shannon.
A visitation will be held at Pumphrey's Funeral Home, 7557 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda,
Maryland from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 13. The funeral will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the United States Navy Memorial Foundation.
Pumphrey's Bethesda-Chevy Chase Funeral Home
7557 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814-3501