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John Samuel Jennings, Sr.

April 4, 1923 - March 26, 2023

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date March 29, 2023

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John Samuel Jennings, Sr., 99, of Gladys, passed away at home on March 26, 2023. John was born in Campbell County on April 4, 1923, son of the late Sydney William Jennings and the late Maude Davidson Jennings. He was married for 63 years to the late Lucy Frances Hutchinson Jennings. He was a former member of Faith Baptist Church and a current member of Day Spring Baptist Church. John retired from the U.S. Postal Service and was a lifetime farmer. John was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army Infantry. He fought in World War II at the Battle of the Bulge and was wounded on Christmas day of 1944. During his combat service, he received two Purple Hearts. He was a man who had a love for the Lord, his family, and his country. He was a great example to his community, as a farmer, working hard to give it his best; as he would say, “Give God all the glory.” He is survived by two sons, John Samuel Jennings, Jr. (Brenda) of Chesapeake and Donnie Lee Jennings (Dawn Reneé) of Gladys; daughter-in-law Kelly Jennings; two grandsons, Justin Bobbitt (Vanessa) of Timberlake and Jason Taylor Bobbitt of Lynchburg; and seven great-grandchildren, Blake William Jennings, Sean Burke Jennings, Devin Riley Holdren, Layla Elizabeth Bobbitt, Willow Jae Bobbitt, Vivian Arleen Holdren and Easton Wilder Bobbitt. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, John Samuel “Sam” Jennings III, two sisters and four brothers. A funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. Danny Smith and Rev. Jamie Adams at Ebenezer Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2023, with interment following in the church cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. The family would like to thank James River Hospice for the love and care they provided. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, Tunnel to Towers Foundation, or The Gideons International. Condolences may be sent by visiting Henderson Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Brookneal is assisting the family.