Fred B. Jennings Sr.
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Fred B. Jennings, Sr.

Fred B. Jennings, Sr., 96, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2011, at an assisted living facility in San Antonio, TX.
Graveside services will be at 3:00p.m. Thursday, August 4, 2011, at Atoka Cemetery in Coleman County, TX. There will be a gathering of family and friends at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory from 5:00p.m to 7:00p.m. on Wednesday evening and then again from 11:00a.m to 1:00p.m prior to the graveside service on Thursday.
Fred was born on September 14, 1914 in Long Branch, TX (Eastland County) to the late Robert and Eudora House Jennings. Growing up in the Big Country area, he was a long time resident of Abilene. He married Ruth Karl Hothan on November 16, 1940 in Ovalo, TX and she passed away in February of 1997. Mr. Jennings was self-employed as an accountant and auditor before retiring. He moved to the San Antonio area in 2004 to be with his son and daughter-in-law.
He accomplished many honorable mentions within his lifetime. In 1945, Mr. Jennings and the late civic leader Ben Richey were among the founders of Abilene's first Optimist Club. The first major project of that club was launching a campaign to found Abilene Boys Ranch in 1947, which was later, renamed Ben Richey Boys Ranch. Fred was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a member of South Side Baptist Church where he taught Vacation Bible School for many years, and he also coached Summer League baseball for about 10 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and two brothers, Hugh and Ray Jennings.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Sharon Jennings of Helotes, TX; and nephews, Lee Jennings of Englewood, Colorado, Jerry Jennings of Ft. Worth, Texas, Jack Jennings of Dallas, Texas and Jon Jennings of Wimberly, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Don Hothan, Kenneth Farrington, Lee Jennings, Jerry Jennings, Jack Jennings and Jon Jennings. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Thompson and Archibald Barasole.
Memorials may be made to Ben Richey Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 6839, Abilene, TX 79608 or Abilene Optimist Club, 8542 Saddlecreek Rd., Abilene, TX 79602.
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Published in Abilene Reporter-News on Aug. 3, 2011.
No memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
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August 6, 2011
Dear Bryan: Your dad was a very special man. He had a very dry sense of humor that kept us laughing at our house. I am so sorry for your loss, but I am thankful you got to keep him as long as you did. joe barnard (Austin, Tx)
August 4, 2011
Bryan, Sharon & Family- We would like to express our sincere condolonces on the passing of Fred. We loved having the opportunity to meet him during our visits to TX. You should feel very blessed to have had him in your lives for so long. He will certainly be missed and always remembered. God Bless.

Love, Bobby and Melissa
Bob Clattenburg
August 4, 2011
Dear Bryan, Frank and I know you are spending time today with your family and friends honoring the life your father had here on earth. And we are there in spirit as well....we also know he is now in his REAL HOME and we celebrate his arrival with our LORD AND SAVIOR. GOD bless you all.......Frank and Cheryll Amthor
frank amthor
August 3, 2011
Bryan - My thoughts are with you. I loved Fred and Ruth Karl like parents and remember many wonderful times with them. Blessings to you during this difficult time.
Pat Frosch
August 3, 2011
Dear Bryan,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Terry and I will always remember your Dad's special laugh and love of life. Our sincerest sympathy.
Dianne & Terry Nielsen
Dianne Nielsen
August 3, 2011
sorry for the loss of your dad, we have always thought of you as familiy as well as friends. our thoughtsare with you
gary moore
winters, texas
August 3, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Mike Purcell
August 3, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your loss. We know that you will miss your Dad. He was a good man with a great wit.
Claudia and Arlene Van Cleave
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