James E. "Jim" Jennings
James E. “Jim” Jennings, 76, Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at his winter home in Donna, Texas.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, at the First Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant. The Revs. Regan Stoops and Harold Schutte will officiate. Burial will be in the Oakland Mills Cemetery, rural Mt. Pleasant. Military honors will be conducted by the Henry County Honor Guard. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Kimzey Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant. The family will be present to receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday afternoon. Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to Border Missions/Helping Hand Ministry, the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department or Iowa Hospice. Online condolences may be directed to www.kimzeyfuneralhome.com
He was born Feb. 11, 1937, in Mt. Pleasant. He was the son of Melvin Howard and Harriet Lorraine (nee Long) Jennings. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1955. On June 9, 1957, he married Janet Belle Hoffman.
On Sept. 6, 1955, he entered the U.S. Navy. He served aboard the destroyer USS John C. Butler. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 17, 1957, at the U.S. Naval Base in Long Beach, Calif.
Upon his return home, he worked on the family dairy, Jennings Dairy. He then began a career as owner and operator of Jennings Tire and Towing, spending most of his days in the tow truck until his retirement in 1999. After his full time retirement, he became a funeral associate for the Weir Funeral Home and later the Kimzey Funeral Home. During the winter months, he resided at their winter home in Donna, Texas.
He was a member of First Baptist Church; the former Jay-Cee’s of Mt. Pleasant and was a former member of the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department. He enjoyed the outdoors – fishing, hunting, mushrooming and watching his son and grandson in car races. He greatly enjoyed talking to anyone and everyone, not knowing a stranger.
He is survived by his wife; four children, Bob Jennings, Lori (Greg) Bolin, Cathy (Kent) Johnson and Ed (Erin) Jennings; a sister, Donna (Jon) Knedler; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter.