Penny Bragdon

Penny Bragdon

October 5, 1925 - August 23, 2018

Penny Brewer Bragdon, 92, of Corbin departed this life on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at Continue Care Hospital.  Born October 5, 1925, in Burning Springs, KY, she was the daughter of the late Dewey and Lear Pearl Sawyers Brewer.

A graduate of Berea College and Coldiron Business College in Corbin, she was a remarkable business lady who inspired her family and everyone else along the way.  Her work career began early; she was one of the Rosie the Riveters during WW II at Homestead Air Force Base in Homestead, FL.  She also worked at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, NV, in the nursing field where she met her husband, Paul Bragdon, who was serving in the U.S. Air Force.   She also worked at Tungston Tube.  Later, she owned and operated Knox Motel, Campbell Motel, Suburban Motel, and the Ribbon Rail Restaurant.  She was also a Kentucky Colonel and a member of the Eastern Star.

In addition to her father and mother, she was preceded in death by a sister, Vivian Idell Brewer; brother, Herman Brewer; brother, Herbert Brewer; sister, Lorraine Brewer Foutch; and sister, Ruby Brewer Ledbetter.

She leaves behind her loving husband of 52 years, Paul Bragdon; daughter, Sharon D. Wilkens Smith; grandson, Stephen D. Smith; one brother and three sisters: Eugene Brewer and wife Coreen, Thelma Brewer Hacker and husband James, Beaulah Brewer Robinson and husband Ray, and Phyllis Brewer Wallace and husband Jim.  She is also survived by other relatives and numerous friends.  She will be deeply missed.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 28, 2018, in the Hart Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Philip Johnson officiating.  Entombment will follow in Cumberland Memorial Gardens at Lily.  Honorary pallbearers will be Eugene Brewer and James Hacker.  The family will receive friends from 6 – 9 P.M. Monday at Hart Funeral Home, located at 1011 Master Street in Corbin. 

  • Becky Williams
    Posted at 15:51h, 25 August Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear of Penny’s passing. She was an amazing woman, so full of life and a crackerjack, lol. I loved her. Paul, I love you and will be praying for you.

  • Darrell Meadors-CSX
    Posted at 21:40h, 25 August Reply

    So very sorry

  • Fern morris
    Posted at 17:19h, 26 August Reply

    Paul I’m so sorry for your loss, you are in my prayers,

  • Frank Kruczek
    Posted at 05:06h, 27 August Reply

    My condolences to the family. Penny was a lifetime friend of my mom Gloria and never forget about her with letters, phone calls and gifts. I will miss our conversations.
    She was a wonderful person with a heart of gold, fun, exciting and more full of life than anyone I have ever met.
    God bless her with eternal life.
    Frank Kruczek

    Posted at 15:12h, 27 August Reply

    We are so sorry for your loss of sweet Penny.
    She was such a beautiful kind lady. Always sending my girls cards and calling to check on Whittney when she was so sick. We all will miss her dearly. We will continue to pray for you and your family. Love you Paul!

    Robert, Angie, & Lamar


  • Shania Smith
    Posted at 08:35h, 28 August Reply

    I only met my great aunt a few times but sorry for your loss Paul.

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