Howard E. Jennings, Sr.
Services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday at Cross Point Methodist Protestant Church in Vicksburg, MS for Mr. Howard E. Jennings, Sr., 89, of Hattiesburg, MS, formerly of Vicksburg, MS.
Interment will be in Green Lawn Gardens Cemetery.
He passed away Monday, June 27, 2016 after losing a lengthy battle with Parkinson's Disease.
He was born January 28, 1927 in McCool, MS. His lifelong love of aviation began as a young boy when he worked for a local crop duster washing airplanes in exchange for flying lessons. This continued throughout his life, owning various airplanes over the years. After a brief stint in the Navy at the end of WW II, he moved to Vicksburg, MS where he met his wife, Evelyn, and they were later married on Christmas Day 1947. He began his career in the construction business there and continued to Cleveland, MS where he served as master mechanic during construction of the power plant.
Upon moving to Greenville, MS, he established and operated Jennings Construction company for many years. Later returning to Vicksburg, he went to work on the building of the I-20 bridge over the Mississippi River. In Vicksburg, where he raised his family, they enjoyed active membership at Highland Baptist Church. After retiring, he received great satisfaction working with his wife, Evelyn, at their daycare center which operated for 20 years where they both impacted the lives of countless children and their parents.
Mr. Jennings was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Jennings; one son-in-law, Ernie Brown; two sisters, Dorothy Tackett and Eloise Young and one great granddaughter, Jessica Holloway Alkashgari.
He is survived by two sons, Howard E. Jennings, Jr. of Utica, MS and Mike Jennings of Ridgeland, MS; two daughters, Carol J. Brown of Hattiesburg, MS and Kathy Leonard of Ridgeland, MS; ten grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131; www.parkinson.org; 1-800-473-4636.
Family will begin receiving friends beginning at 10:00 AM Friday at the church.