Shelton M. Jennings
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Harrisonburg - Shelton Milton Jennings of Harrisonburg, Va. passed away on April 24, 2012. He was 88. Shel was born on September 17, 1923 and raised in Weeksville, N.C. He was the son of the late Sarah Elizabeth James Jennings and Julius Jennings.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and continued with the Army Reserve, obtaining the rank of Master Sgt., retiring with 27 years of service. Following the war he was employed by VEPCO, now Dominion Virginia Power. In 1975, he transferred from Suffolk to Harrisonburg, Va., where he retired after 37 years of service.
Shel, along with his wife, Louise, are founders of Kingsway Prison and Family Outreach in Harrisonburg, where he remained active. He had managed the Farm Retreat Center in Mount Crawford. He served on the Board of Trustees of United Methodist Family Service in Richmond and was a member of the Executive Board. He also was a member of Shenandoah Valley FGBMFI, and on the Counseling Staff of Fishnet Ministries in Front Royal. He was liaison for Augusta Correctional Center Kairos; he was a member of Coalition of Prison Evangelists, a former member of Bethany UMC, Weyers Cave. He was a member of Vision of Hope UMC, Harrisonburg and served on the church board. He loved being outdoors, enjoyed his fish ponds and model railroading.
Shel was united in marriage on October 25, 1975 to Louise Wimbish White Jennings, who survives him. He was Daddy to two daughters, Susan J. Mays (David) of Richmond Va.; Ann J Young (Henry) of Virginia Beach Va.; two sons, Don Jennings (Vadis) of Henrico N.C.; David Jennings (Peggy) of Lacey Springs, Va.; two step-daughters, LuAnne White Casper (Dwayne) of Windsor, Va., and Carla White Bugg of Harrisonburg, Va.
Shelton was preceded in death by two sisters, Annabelle Luton and Ora Wilcox, his brothers, J.C Jennings, Jerome Jennings, Millard Jennings, Eugene Jennings, Howard Jennings and Melvin Jennings.
He was "Granddaddy Sam' to 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Vision of Hope UMC, Harrisonburg on Friday, April 27, at 2 p.m.
Visitation with the family will be at Johnson Funeral Home, Bridgewater on Thursday, April 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.
A private graveside burial service with military honors will take place at Naked Creek Cemetery, Weyers Cave. He will be laid to rest next to his son, Julius Norman Jennings who preceded him in death in 2002. Military honors will be presented by the Dayton American Legion Post #27.
Memorial contributions can be made to Kingsway Prison and Family Outreach, P.O Box 2335, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 or RMH Hospice, 2010 Health Campus Dr., Harrisonburg, VA, 22801.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.
Johnson Funeral Service - Bridgewater
208 South Main Street PO Box 41 Bridgewater, VA 22812
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Apr. 26, 2012