Notice: Dwain W. Penn is very much alive - for now!
Dwain W. Penn was born June 1955 in Upson County, the youngest child of George and Grace Cox Penn. A 1973 graduate of R.E. Lee in Thomaston, Penn earned a 1978 Bachelor degree in architecture, with high honors, from Southern Tech in Marietta and was a member of Tau Alpha Pi national honor society. Penn worked over a decade for the Macon city traffic engineering department before leaving to enter the full-time ministry.
For over twenty five years [as of 2015], Penn traveled throughout the Southeast and Midwest as a successful dramatist, creating and performing sixteen portrayals from prominent Biblical figures to historic and literary characters. As part of the local clergy, Penn was a member of the Pike County Ministerial Association and the Upson County Ministerial Association, holding official positions in both.
In 1998, Penn was called to serve as preacher for New Hebron Baptist Church in Pike County, filling that monthly pulpit until his death. He helped the church to obtain the National Register status in 2015. Also in 1998, the Penn Publishing Press was created to market Penn's books (over 25) and more than a dozen books for other local writers. He restored the cemetery records for Shiloh Baptist Church and preserved cemetery records for the City of Molena, Neal Baptist Church (Molena), New Hope Primitive Baptist (Yatesville), Williamson UMC and Mt. Zion UMC (Zetella).
Penn chartered the Thomaston-Upson County Classical Music and Opera Club in 2000 and served as its president. As a devout Christian, he was a charter member of Jesus First Church, organized in 1985 (now Lighthouse Church), and Grace Hill Baptist in Pike County.
He is survived by a brother, Dave (Barbara) Penn of Lilburn, Georgia, a sister, Donna Barnes of Macon, a niece and four nephews.