Howard Wayne (Trace) Penton III

January 24, 2021

Howard Wayne (Trace) Penton III was unexpectedly called home to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Trace was born in Pensacola, Florida on August 18, 1997 to Howard Wayne Penton, Jr. and Rebecca Elizabeth (Rush) Penton.

Trace was a bright light who added so much joy to the lives of his family, friends and teammates. He graduated from J. M. Tate High School in 2016 and from the University of West Florida in 2019. He recently excelled on the Medical College Admissions Test and was looking forward to pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor.

While at Tate High School, Trace served as President of the Student Body and lettered in football and baseball. He also played two years of baseball for the UWF Argos.

Trace was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and was a gentle soul who touched the lives of everybody he encountered. He loved the beach and spending the 4th of July with all his family on Lake Keowee in South Carolina. He was passionate about going to the gym, Marvel Comics, Star Wars, Disney World, fishing, sports of ALL kinds, going to brunch and hanging out with his family and friends. He always strove for perfection and there was not much that he could not do and do well.

Trace was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Howard Wayne Penton and Thornwell Frank Rush. He is survived by his parents Howard and Rebecca, his brother Jackson Rush Penton, his grandmothers, Elaine Connell Penton and Ann Warren Rush, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who love him dearly.

Visitation will be held at Faith Chapel North on Tuesday, January 26 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 2:30 pm at Hillcrest Baptist Church on Nine Mile Road, with burial following at Bayview Cemetery on Scenic Highway.

Active pallbearers will be Trace’s brother Jackson, his cousins David Jayce Boyd, Matthew Warren Rush, Robert Kemp Wilson IV and friends Benjamin Michael Fulton and Sawyer Bailey Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be his many teammates and friends.

The family greatly appreciates the overwhelming support and generosity they have received from so many in the community over the past few days. We know our loss is being shared by countless others who loved Trace and even some who never had the opportunity to know this extraordinary young man. Trace loved animals, and in lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to the Pensacola Humane Society.


One Response to “Howard Wayne (Trace) Penton III”

  1. Dana on January 26th, 2021 5:00 pm

    I’m praying for you Becky, Howard, Jackson and family.

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