OBITUARY

Earnest Lee Jennings

October 18, 1931September 10, 2020
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Earnest Lee Jennings was born October 18, 1931 to Luther and Onie Jennings in Norman, OK. He attended Noble, OK schools and was a decorated Korean War Veteran. Earnest married Sylvia Holeman in June 1954 and they had four children. He worked for the University of Oklahoma and served in the Army Reserve for 8 years upon returning from Korea and later opened his own Service Station. In 1962 Earnest moved to S.W. 24th and started Jennings Garage until he retired in 1994. Upon retirement he and Sylvia traveled extensively making many friends along the way. He took great pleasure in his family.

Earnest was a member of the Oklahoma Racing Association and the National Championship Racing Association. He raced Sprint Cars for 59 years until he was 80 years old competing against his brothers, sons, son-in-law and grandsons. He was inducted into the Texhoma Racers Reunion Hall of Fame in 2016.

He is preceded by his parents Luther and Onie, brothers Donald, John and Darrel.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years Sylvia, two sons Rickey (Vivian) and Bruce (Susan) two daughters Rhonda Wood (Danny) and Sheila Jennings. Seven Grandchildren Danny Jennings (Jaime), Kelley Grace (Patrick), Andrea Savage (Tim), Bobbie Holliday (Terry), Danny Gene Wood, Brandon Jennings (Melissa), Lee Jennings (Julie). Six Great Grandchildren Molly, Parker, Jennings, Lane, Emersyn and Nora. Many family members, friends and the countless people he took under wing and mentored.

A Visitation is scheduled for Sunday September 13th at Primrose Funeral Home Norman, OK from 2-4pm and a Graveside Service will be held Monday September 14th Fairview Cemetery Maguire, OK at 1 pm. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.primrosefuneralservice.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 13, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, September 14, 2020

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Andy & Barb Darks & Tadlock

September 23, 2020

Today we learned of the passing of Earnest Jennings. What a man, what a life, what a legacy! He chose a spectacular woman to share his life with and had wonderful children (and grandchildren)... well, we only know Danny & Jaime but we think the world of them. As kids, I remember spending many Friday nights with Rhonda and her mom watching her dad & brothers race at the fairgrounds in okc. Andy has many fond memories of the family as well, some “shocking” , literally by Earnie. He says he fell for it every time! (In his own words, he wasn’t smart enough to stay out of the way). In later years Andy & I would see Earnie and Sylvia at a local restaurant at breakfast. I didn’t know for the longest time that Earnie would leave there and walk all the way to their shop/garage! I don’t see much of the family anymore but at any time I do they are always smiling and truly seem to put their hearts into their conversations...much like Earnie did! May God be with your remarkable family and bring you peace. We love you, Andy & Barb

gary kennedy

September 14, 2020

Ernie was my Platoon leader in the US Army Reserves in Norman for 6 years. He was a fair, honest and respectable leader for whom I had much respect. He was respected for his honesty and reliable auto repair business. He will be missed. Blessings to Sylvia and the family......

Lisa Barnhill

September 13, 2020

In the short time I knew him he was a very nice kind-hearted person while I work at VA he will be missed I grew up in Norman and my family used to go to Jennings garage he loved his car

Martha Tullius

September 13, 2020

Bruce, I am so sorry for your loss. your Dad was loved by so many.It was a life well lived. I love all of you. Maratha Nell Tullius

Moe (Devils Bowl) Phillips

September 12, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and the family. Earnest was a very special friend and like a father figure to me. I will miss him greatly and treasure all the wonderful memories I have of him. God bless the family in this time of need and always.

Moe Phillips

Carol Jennings

September 12, 2020

Earnest, I am so very sorry you have left us. I know you are probably in a better place. Just know that you have touched so many lives in so many ways. You will be missed. Love you

Jana Hester Ralls

September 11, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss and heartache. My parents, Chuck and Pat Hester, were very fond of Ernest and are there waiting to welcome him home. May you find comfort in knowing all the lives that he touched. Jana Hester Ralls

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