Eric B. Penrod, 42, of Charleston, SC (born in Alliance, OH) went home to be with the Lord suddenly on Wednesday September 16, 2020. Eric is the son of the late R. Bruce Penrod and Carol A. Penrod (Jones) of Alliance. He is brother to Aimee E. Harper of Bolivar, OH, Gretchen M. Buhrow (Peter Buhrow) of Strongsville, OH, and Heidi P. Matthews (Jeff Matthews) of North Canton, OH. He is the beloved uncle to Emily Hyde (Matthews), Sarah Matthews, Alexandra Harper and Joseph Harper, and adopted brother of Sherry Callahan (Chris Callahan) of North Canton, OH. He was loved by many wonderful friends and his extended Charleston, SC, and Folly Beach family, which included many fellow musicians.
Eric graduated in 1996 from Marlington High school. He was a professional musician who was very well known and respected in the Charleston area, where he lived since 2009. He was a student of jazz music at the University of New Orleans and continued his musical education at Kent State University. His musical career spanned from his early days with the band Skinny, to more recent endeavors with 17 Under and One Kool Blow, with his amazing friend Tim Davis. Eric mesmerized all who watched him play and had a way of soothing the souls of any ear that happened to catch a whisper of his beautiful music. He followed his dreams of playing music and living life on his own terms. He was plugged in to the common man which resonated from his fingers when he played. He lived his life as a selfless person, always loving and showing kindness to those around him. Eric was a very private individual, but exemplified his musical talents and love for others to thousands who were fortunate enough to hear him perform. He was an acclaimed guitar player and admired for his talents. His family is in awe of the outpouring of love by numerous friends in Ohio and in South Carolina and all of their kind words and expressions of love.
Calling hours will be held at Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral home in Alliance, OH, on Friday, September 25th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. A funeral service will immediately follow at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Fairmount Memorial Park, Alliance, OH, 44601. Donations can be made to Venmo@onekoolblow. Flowers and condolences may be sent to: Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home, 75 South Union Avenue, Alliance, OH 44601.
A memorial tribute service is being held in Charleston, SC, on Tuesday, September 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Firefly Distillery with open mic performances by his friends who will share wonderful memories of Eric and his music.
NOTICE: Due to technical difficulties, the recording of Eric's service is unable to be posted on our website.
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