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James "Jimmy" Jennings, Jr.

August 3, 1947 February 26, 2021
James "Jimmy" Jennings, Jr.
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On Friday, February 26, 2021, God sent His Angel down to bring his child, James “Jimmy” Howard Jennings, Jr home. Jimmy was the oldest child born on August 3, 1947 to the late James Howard and Mary Louise Jennings.

Jimmy was baptized at an early age at Union Baptist Church in Crewe, VA where he remained spiritually connected until the end. He received his education in the Nottoway County Public School system graduating from Luther H. Foster High School in June 1967. In the fall of 1967, he enlisted in the United States Army and trained as a Military Police Officer where he participated in the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War. Jimmy was honorably discharged in April 1968, and after service, joined his Dad at EG Bowles Construction prior to heading to Hartford Connecticut to work at Pratt & Whitney as a Security Officer. While at Pratt & Whitney, he took college courses for computer science, leveraged that education and moved back home in 1974, where he worked for the Christian Childrens Fund as a computer analyst. In 1975, Jimmy joined the Federal Government as a civilian computer analyst at Fort Lee, VA. He excelled at computers and computer information systems where over the years he was quickly promoted through the ranks to his last promotion of Senior Computer Lead prior to his retirement in February 2006.

He was a member of the Evergreen Benjamin Masonic Lodge 131, where he served in many roles to include Past Master and Treasurer. He was also an active member of Nottoway’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Lodge #5313. Jimmy was always one to count on and he always went the extra mile to ensure meetings, events and special occasions were done with the utmost professionalism and honor.

He loved the outdoors, and hunting and fishing were his passions. He was also an avid reader and had a way of telling sarcastic jokes that he would be the only one to get the punchline. He had many passions but none greater than his love of family. Jimmy was a loving, compassionate and friendly man who was loved and will be dearly missed by all.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his Father and Mother James Howard & Mary Louise Jennings and sister, Antinette Smith. He leaves to cherish his memory; daughter Keila, his faithful friend Shirley Jones, devoted brothers Victor (Joyce), Elwood (Marilyn), Kevin (Deitra) and sister Angelisa “Lisa”. Many nephews and nieces; Tony (Tammi), Damion (Anita), Erica, Chelsea, Kevin Cion (Amber), Mariel, brother-in-law Clarence, great nieces and nephews and host of other relatives, friends, co-workers, lodge members, fishing and hunting buddies and classmates.

Viewing will be Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 12 to 7 PM at W. E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home, 504 East St., Blackstone.

Viewing Friday, March 5, 2021 from 10 to 11 AM with service to follow at Michael W. Hawkes Funeral Home, 15001 Patrick Henry Highway, Amelia. Interment Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia.

in lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society, in the memory of James “Jimmy” Jennings. E-cards or paper cards from donations can be sent to or Kevin Jennings, 4230 Windermere View Place, Woodbridge, VA 22192

W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.
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