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ARKANSAS – Nell Whisenhunt Pennington, 86, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, went to be with her Lord on December 23, 2020.

She was born August 26, 1934, in Cave Ridge, Kentucky to the late Leslie Dewey Anderson and Fannie Lee Garmon Anderson. On August 28, 1954, she married Ruben “Red” Hamilton Whisenhunt. Soon thereafter, they moved to Glenwood, Arkansas where Red died on June 1, 1976. She was also preceded in death by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Edith Anderson, Rondall and Evelyn Anderson, and Stanley and Lavonne Anderson; her sisters, Alta Reid Taylor and Delsie Anderson; her brother, Leslie Anderson; her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Carolyn Whisenhunt; and her grandchildren, Lisa Whisenhunt and Stacey Whisenhunt Babb.

Nell’s priorities were her family and her faith. She cherished time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Hot Springs Baptist Church. She was a pediatric nurse for 36 years at Ouachita Memorial Hospital and National Park Memorial Hospital in Hot Springs. Nell loved caring for children and their families.

She is survived by her son, Gene Hamilton (Kathy) Whisenhunt of Little Rock, Arkansas; her daughter, Robin Ann (Wesley) Miller of Hot Springs, Arkansas; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Belvedere Nursing Home for the genuine love and care for our mother. We deeply appreciate each one of you.

Due to the COVID pandemic, the family had a private family service at Davis-Smith Funeral Home in Hot Springs on Sunday, December 27, 2020. Interment was in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Glenwood.

Memorials can be made to Hot Springs Baptist Church, 144 Weston Road, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 71913 or to Ouachita Baptist University, 410 Ouachita St., Arkadelphia, Arkansas, 71923.

Pallbearers were Jared Whisenhunt, Matt Crow, Jason Crow, Justin Miller, Kevin Karm, Bubby Harrell, and Barry McCaskill. Guest registry is at


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