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Penny Gail Runyan

January 10, 1957 — May 16, 2020

Penny Gail Runyan, 63, of Charlotte, passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020. She was born in Joliet, Illinois on January 10, 1957, the daughter of the late Garland and Audrey Benckendorf Hedrick. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Rickey Hedrick, Gary Hedrick, and Fritz Hedrick; and a sister, Susan Harris. Penny loved to cook and visit the beach, especially Oak Island, NC. She loved and cared for her family and grandchildren. She was employed with ADC Corporation and later IBM and Celestron. 

Penny is survived by her husband of 33 years, Bill Runyan; daughter and son-in-law, Faith Glasgow and Shawn; son and daughter-in-law, Charlie Starrett and Kimberly; sister, Candy Jonas; brother, Jon Hedrick; grandchildren, Piper, Skyler, Drew, and Mason; canine companion, Max; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services are being held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations, in Penny’s memory, may be made to:

TriCounty Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 483, Alexis, NC 28006 or


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