HAMPTON - William McKinley "Bill" Jennings, 72, entered into eternal rest peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Sentara Careplex Hospital. "McKinley" and "Bill" as he was affectionately known by family and friends was born on Oct. 9, 1941 in Crystal Hills, Halifax, Va. He briefly worked at the Newport News Shipbuilding and joined the U. S. Air Force in 1963 and served during the Vietnam War. He retired after 22 years of dedicated service. After retiring from the military, he worked faithfully for 21 years with Hampton Public Schools Transportation Department retiring from there in 2011. McKinley is preceded in death by his mother, Rena Wheeler; father, Charles Younger Sr., and stepmother, Texanna; his brothers, Charles "Joe" Younger Jr., Alexander Wheeler. He is survived by his devoted wife of 48 years, Joanne Jennings; and a devoted friend, Penelope (the cat); brothers and sisters, Floretta Ross, Yvonne Wheeler, Mark S. Wheeler (Nanny), Robert Wheeler (Mary), Patricia Bennett (Arthur), Marilyn Charlene Smith (Kent), Carolyn Turner (Mac) and Edith Chandler. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at Antioch Baptist Church, 2819 Roanoke Ave., Newport News.
Published in Daily Press on Dec. 22, 2013