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Bobby Joe Pannell was born Oct. 2, 1950, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, the son of Horace and Ruth (Barnett) Pannell. He graduated from Commerce High School in Commerce, Texas, in 1970. He then attended Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas, and Hill Jr. College in Hillsboro, Texas, where he received his associate degree and soon after joined the U.S. Army in 1974. During his military service he fell in love and married Yop Nan Song on May 26, 1981. After retiring from the U.S. Army he worked and retired from Per Mar Security Service in Davenport, Iowa.
Bobby was a veteran, having proudly served 20 years in the U.S. Army. The most joyful moments in his life were bragging on his children and grandchildren and spending time with his family. People who knew him knew he never met a stranger and could make everyone in the room laugh.
Bobby is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Yop Nan; three children, Chaka Pannell Broughton and son-in-law Willie Broughton of Mesquite, Texas; Connie Pannell of Moline and Bobby Pannell Jr. of Coal Valley, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Yasmin, Mariah, Audrina, Caleb, Christian, Camryn and Kennedy; siblings Rosie Pannell Woods and Jackie Spencer of McKinney, Texas, Versell Savage, Perry Pannell, and Barbara Crosby, all of Commerce.
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