Hello. I apologize for not responding sooner, but I don't check the forums as much as I should.
My grandfather was Minor Cap Pannell, DOB 12-26-1902 in Umpire, AR. His parents were Pleasant Alexander Pannell and Mary Elizabeth Gentry. He died in Gridley, CA on 10-27-1988. He was married to Irene Elizabeth Fields, who was from Cherokee Territory, OK. They had 4 children, and my mom is the youngest. His family was Seventh Day Adventist. He had a younger brother who died at an early age, and this left him as the youngest child. (that we know of.)
I don't know if our Pannells are connected, but like you, I wish I had asked more questions when I was younger. :) Hopefully this information helps. Feel free to email me if you would like @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, Mandie