Early in the morning of July 2, Aileene Pennington of Cashiers gently closed the door to her life here and entered her long sought life everlasting. She was 86 years old.
When she was a toddler, her Uncles Ham and Paul bestowed the nickname “Tommie” to her and she has affectionately been known as “Tommie” by family and friends ever since.
A lifelong resident of Jackson County, Tommie was born in Whittier on Jan. 28, 1930. She moved with family to Cashiers in early childhood and remained there the rest of her life.