Hensley B. Jemmott (1920 - 2014)

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Hensley B., of Hebron, KY died June 15th at University Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born June 11, 1920 in Brooklyn, NY to John and Elton Jemmott, emigrants from Barbados B.W.I. He served in the Army in WWII, was at the Normandy Beach Invasion transporting supplies and was discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1945. He graduated from Brooklyn College, State University of New York in Buffalo, and did doctoral work at both SUNY and Columbia University Teacher's College. He taught in the New York school system, elementary through high school, and then became a school administrator in Buffalo. After moving to Covington, he taught classes at the Community Center, served on the board of Behringer-Crawford museum and Forward Quest. He served five years on the Covington School Board, was president for one year. He was co- founder of a Black History group and helped revive the NAACP in the N. KY region, serving as vice-president until his death. He belonged to First Unitarian Church and sang in church choirs wherever he lived. He played piano and a recorder for pleasure. Earlier in life, he excelled at tennis, racquetball and boating. He was preceded in death by his parents, eight of his ten siblings and his wife Alice. Survivors include a brother, Leon and a sister Gwen Brehon, sons Hensley Jr., New Brunswick, NJ and Michael, Baltimore, MD, grandchildren Dara and Hensley III and companion Joyce Ravenscraft. Cremation will be followed by memorial services in New Jersey at the convenience of the family. If desired, memorials may be made to the NAACP Scholarship Fund, P.O. 1295, Covington, KY 41012. SWINDLER & CURRIN FUNERAL HOME, LATONIA is serving the family. For private on-line condolences go to swindler-currinfh.com

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Published in the Kentucky Enquirer on June 19, 2014
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