James Harold Pennington

James Harold Pennington

Submitted by his family

Harold Pennington was the Fire Chief of the Unity-Frost Prairie Volunteer Fire Dept. since 1984. He helped organize this department and was chief from the very beginning until the day of his death. He also helped organize several other local volunteer fire departments. He did a lot for the fire department and helped them get the equipment they have now.

Harold volunteered since the 1960’s to many organizations. This is in addition to volunteering to help church members and other members of the community. He was a member of the following organizations: A Charter Member and on the Board of Directors of the Crossett Rescue Unit‚ Arkansas Search and Rescue Association‚ Georgia Pacific Paper Mill Rescue Team and Fire Brigade‚ the LEPC – Local Emergency Planning Commissions‚ and a certified fire services trainer.

He was born December 19‚ 1940 and was a 1958 graduate of Hamburg High School. He retired on March 1‚ 2004 from the Georgia-Pacific paper mill after 38 years of service. He was a member and Deacon of Second Baptist Church of Crossett‚ a member of the Crossett Masonic Lodge #576 where he was a Thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner and was also a board member of the Wasp Nest Deer Camp.

He was a devoted husband to Lavern for 44 years and a loving father to his daughter‚ Pam and son’s Wayne‚ Kenny and his wife Sherry. He was also a very proud and loving grandfather to Carrie‚ Rebekah‚ Jessica‚ Kyla‚ James‚ Kendra and Gracie.

After winning the battle against colon cancer‚ Harold collapsed and died March 28‚ 2004 after fighting a grass fire. He is greatly missed by his family‚ friends‚ fellow firefighters and community.