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Hattie R. Pannell

December 1, 2021


Hattie Rose Pannell, 100 peacefully departed this life on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Washington DC.  Hattie was born May 4, 1921, to Hattie Bates Gaston and William Gaston.  Hattie attended Elm City public schools she moved to Washington DC at a young age.  Hattie is preceded in death by her sisters Annie Nancy Gaston-Knight and Marie Ruth Gaston-Howard and brothers William Glenn Gaston, Jr., John Rufus Gaston, and George Eddie Gaston.  Hattie is survived by her 96-year-old sister Catherine Bernice Gaston-Atkinson of Elm City, NC, a special Goddaughter, Vee Davis, and a host of nieces, nephews, loving relatives, and friends. 

Hattie was a pillar to her community and will be truly missed.  Hattie was a faithful and devoted member of St. Mark's Baptist Church for 48 years, she loved her pastor Raymond Matthews, First Lady Matthews, and her church family. She took pleasure in attending Sunday school, church service, worshipping with her St. Mark's Baptist Church family, singing hymns, reading Scriptures, and praising the Lord. She is the longest serving church usher in the District of Columbia and she will now be waiting for Saint Peter to greet her.

Hattie attended Fort Stevens Senior Center where she always greeted people with a smile. She was the hostess with the mostest that attracted so many to become members of Fort Stevens Senior Center, she loved her Fort Stevens family.

Hattie was a General Service Supervisor for over 25 years and retired in the 1990's. Hattie enjoyed traveling and was in a traveling club.  Hattie has visited all 50 states, Africa, and other countries.  Hattie attended a lot of social events; she was a socialite.  Hattie catered for major events in the District of Columbia area and enjoyed fashion, modeling, acting, event planning, decorating parties, flower arranger extraordinaire, the plant doctor, enjoyed tea parties, manicures and pedicures (even at 100 years old) listening to jazz and gospel, her favorite artist was Marvin Gaye, "Let's Get It On" was her favorite song. She enjoyed hours long conversation with family and friends these were just a few things that warmed her heart, lifted her spirits, and place a smile on her face.

The interment will be at Rest Haven Cemetery in North Carolina.

Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers as their Matriarch has gained her wings to become their guardian ANGEL.


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December 8, 2021

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
McGuire Funeral Home
7400 Georgia Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20012

Funeral Service
December 11, 2021

1:00 PM
Tabernacle Temple of Jesus Christ
1600 Lane Bishop L N Forbes Street
Wilson, NC 27893

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