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McMillan Funeral Home

702 West College Street, Booneville, MS

OBITUARY

Bobbie Nell Jennings

February 25, 1930December 9, 2017
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Bobbie Nell Carter Jennings entered her heavenly home on December 9, 2017. She was a beloved wife, mother, “Mamaw” and great-grandmother. Her warm smile, friendly personality and gift of encouragement will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

“Bobbie Nell,” as she was affectionately known, was born in Wheeler, MS, on February 25, 1930. She was a graduate of Wheeler High School and Blue Mountain College (1952). In 1953, she married her loving and devoted husband of over 64 years, John William (“J.W.”) Jennings of Booneville, MS. During the early years of their marriage, Bobbie and J.W. lived in Georgia (Rossville and Chatsworth). In 1962 they moved to Brandon, MS, where they raised their family. In 1998, they returned to Booneville, MS, for retirement. They were blessed with loving and caring friends in each locale.

Bobbie taught freshman high school English and literature for over 19 years, primarily instructing students at Brandon High School. Her students always knew that she genuinely cared for them, and over the years, many have expressed appreciation for her tutelage. She was a former member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Mississippi Retired Teachers Association, and the Mississippi Federation of Women’s Club, Inc. Bobbie will also forever be remembered for her gifts of cooking and hospitality which she shared with so many.

Bobbie was passionate about her faith in Jesus Christ. She read her Bible daily, even during most of her “forgetful” years. She was a member of First Baptist Church Booneville. Over the course of her life, Bobbie taught ladies’ Sunday School classes and Vacation Bible School and was involved in choir, WMU and the Joymaker’s Club. Bobbie was predeceased by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert O. Carter; R. Horace Carter (brother), Sidney C. Carter (brother), and Drue Carter Tyson (sister). She is survived by her husband J.W. Jennings of Booneville, MS; daughters Joy Jennings Lurate (Yerger) of Madison, MS, and Kathy Jennings Brent (Joey) of Hattiesburg, MS; grandchildren Lindsey Brent McClemore (Brent), Preston A. Brent, and William Y. “Will” Lurate; great-grandchildren Felicity and Tessa McLemore; brother George Max Carter (Katherine) of Woodland Park, CO; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to First Baptist Church Booneville or to Blue Mountain College.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Memories

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Lorraine Roshto

October 8, 2018

I happen to have a memory this morning of Bobbie and scrolled internet and found this post. Bobbie and I taught together many years ago in Mt Hermon, LA. J W and my husband Richard also worked together. Bobbie became a dear and special friend of mine in that short period of time. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jeri Lynn Ostrander

December 15, 2017

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Jennings and wish to express my condolences to her family. Not only was she the sweetest kindest person, she was an excellent teacher. I still remember how she taught the rules of grammar and the skills she taught to help us remember how to speak and write correctly. She cared very much about her students and made us all feel loved. We loved her too!

December 13, 2017

Many fond memories of my ninth grade English teacher and the impact she had on me becoming a high school English teacher.
Mike Tebo
Hattiesburg, MS

Tina Coulter

December 13, 2017

J.W., Joy, Kathy and family, my deepest sympathy on the loss of great aunt Bobbie. I will never forget when she came up for a visit and she asked me how I liked skewl?? As I looked at her strangely, unsure what she was saying with her strong southern drawl, grandma (Drue) realized what she was asking and of course clarified for me that she was saying "school" and we all had a good laugh. May you have many happy memories that you are able to hold close to your hearts even if you can not physically hold her any longer. Much love, Tina (Tyson), Lance, Chase and Mason Coulter

Pat McLeod

December 13, 2017

Mrs. Jennings was my favorite teacher . You knew she cared deeply about your education but you knew she loved you deeply as a student! I'll always remember her beautiful smile and genuine love for her precious family and friends!
Praying for peace and comfort for you all as you treasure every moment you shared with her.

Mary Stubblefield

December 13, 2017

Mr. Jennings, Joy, and Kathy, Thoughts and prayers with you and all the family in the loss of a beautiful, sweet lady. She was a wonderful, patient teacher. I'm so glad I had a chance later in life to thank her for putting up with me and other members of my class. I will remember her with much love and respect.

Max Renfroe

December 13, 2017

She was without a doubt one of my favorite teachers at Brandon, always so kind and friendly. She loved her students and made every one feel special. She was indeed a remarkable lady. Farewell, Mrs. Jennings.

V.V. McIntyre Selman

December 13, 2017

JW, Joy, and Kathy, I was so sad to learn of your great loss. I was blessed to know Bobbie both as a teacher and a colleague. She was always a bright spot in a sometimes difficult place. She was always helpful and encouraging. I know you will miss her terribly. You will all be in my prayers.

Jan Hogue

December 13, 2017

Dear JW, Joy, and Kathy, what a wonderful lady! I'm so very sorry for your tremendous loss. May God grant you, comfort, peace, and understanding. God bless you and your family.
Jan North Hogue

Kim Moore

December 13, 2017

J.W., Joy, and Kathy I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great woman. I have so many memories of us being neighbors. Please give J. W. a hug for me. I love y'all.

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