Dwayne Jennings, 76, a native of California and resident of Lockport, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2014, in Houma.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until funeral time Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Valentine. Funeral services will be at noon Wednesday at the church, with burial in Holy Savior Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Bertha Jennings; daughter, Cheryl Jennings; granddaughter, Chelsea Jennings English and husband, Garrett; great-grandchildren, Owen and Oliver English; and sister, Elaine J. Helzer.
He was preceded in death by his son, Daren Jennings; and parents, Lawrence "Curley" and Doris Jennings.
He was a 33rd degree Mason, a member of the clown unit in the Shriner's Club, and a former member of the Elks Club. He organized the first English-speaking lodge in Ecuador, the George Washington Lodge No. 1. He worked at NASA as a weather watcher. He also worked for the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office and enjoyed driving the work-release inmates and helping them acquire waste water certification. He was the author of the children's story, "The Strawberry Skunk." He loved black powder cannons, fishing, telling jokes and was a mentor to many.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, 8120 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360.
Samart-Mothe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Houma Today from Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, 2014.