Funeral services for Donnie Ray Jennings, 73, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 23, 2014, at the First Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home
Mr. Jennings died at 1:51 p.m., Thursday, June 19, 2014, at his home.
He was born April 9, 1941 at North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, to Vernon Elvis Jennings and Eula Marie Walker Jennings. On April 24, 1959, he was married at Atlanta, Georgia, to Charlotte Robinson. Mr. Jennings was a veteran having served in the United States Army. He worked as a business owner and a nursing home administrator; he began his career in 1970 building his first facility in Chanute, Kansas, later built the Bethesda Nursing Center in Chanute, later owned and operated several residential care facilities in Missouri; lastly the South View Residential Care Facility in West Plains. He loved his family. Mr. Jennings had a love for flying and was a flight instructor. He also enjoyed shooting. Mr. Jennings was a member of the First Baptist Church, West Plains.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Jennings, of the family home; four children, Kenneth Jennings and wife, Cindy, West Plains, Missouri, Keith Jennings and wife, Treasa, St. Clair, Missouri, Kandace Miller, West Plains, Missouri and Sheila Tiller and husband, Jeff, Loganville, Georgia; eleven grandchildren, William Jennings, Tara Miller, Kristin Mustion and husband, Casey, Sarah Wright and husband, Jeff, Thomas Fleming, Emily Jennings, Garrett Jennings and wife, Clarissa, Jeffrey Cowsert and wife, Allie, Jay Tiller, Thomas Jennings and Kyle Tiller; two great-grandchildren, Brodhi and Malcolm; five brothers, Elvis, Charles, Fred, Thurman and Sam Jennings; three sisters, Margie Hackney, Mary Carswell and Dorothy Tucker; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, two sisters, Sarah Huie and Bonnie Slack and one infant brother, Duane Jennings, precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. A visitation will be held from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 27, 2014 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville, Georgia. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Gum Creek Baptist Church, Loganville, Georgia, under the direction of Tim Stewart Funeral Home followed by burial in the Gum Creek Cemetery in Loganville, Georgia. Memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.