Barbara J. Panell

Barbara J. Panell

June 6, 1945 - December 20, 2015

Barbara J. Panell

June 6, 1945 - December 20, 2015


Barbara J. Panell, age 70, passed away Sunday, December, 20, 2015 at Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia, Tennessee.

Barbara was born in Tuckerton, NJ June 6, 1945 to the late Eleanor Mathis. Barbara was an intelligent woman. This is evident to those that knew her. She worked mainly as a Machine Operator at Cherokee Textile Mills. But she also worked for NASA for a period of time where she Built computer boards that steered the Apollo rockets. When she was not working she enjoyed taking care of kids at St. Jude’s and participating in fundraisers for Toys for Tots. But most of all she enjoyed spending time with her husband of 28 years and family. She was a member of Pentecostal Church in Pleasantview, TN. She was also a member of the Goldwing Road Association along with her husband. Barbara was one of a kind. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Barbara is survived by her Husband: James A. Panell, sons: Douglas (Brenda) Pfyiester fo Hohenwald, TN and Mitchell Swaim of Cosby, TN; daughter: Christine (George) Dixon of Anderson, TN; step-children: Jerri Powers of Ohio and Terri Vanpay of Florida; 6 grand children; and several great grand children.

A private service hosted by the Goldwing Road Association will be held at a later date.

The cremation Society of Tennessee is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences can be given to the family online at

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