of Benton, AR
November 3, 1933 - September 4, 2020
Oscar Lamar Jennings of Benton passed away Friday evening, Sept. 4, 2020 at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Mae Jennings; son, David (Debra) Jennings of Cabot; daughters, Denise Jones of Benton and Debra (Robert) Smith of Sherwood; grandchildren, Amber Pope, Ashley Gray, Cory Falcone, Jana (Derrick) Nichols, Anna Ashcraft, Jace Jennings, Sara (Joe) Traylor, and Matt (Savannah) Jones; and eleven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Linda (Kenneth) Vincent and Betty (Danny) Garey.Lamar was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Gayle Sharp and his brother Richard Jennings.Lamar, whose parents were the late Fay L. and Hazel Little Jennings, was born November 3, 1933 in Blue Mountain, MS. He grew up in Marion, AR where he played football, basketball and attended Marion Baptist Church. Lamar farmed with his dad from the time he was able to be put on a tractor. After graduating from Marion High School in 1951, he started working for J.A. Riggs Tractor Company in West Memphis. He also joined the Naval Reserves in Millington, TN where he served for 8 years. While in West Memphis, he was active in Jaycees and held the office of president. He also was the pitcher for the Jaycees fast pitch softball team. In 1971, Lamar transferred to the main office of J.A. Riggs in Little Rock. He retired after 46 years with the company. A longtime member of Geyer Springs First Baptist Church, Lamar was an active member of the Pastor's Sunday School Class and his Life Group made up of a huge group of friends. After retirement, he enjoyed fishing with longtime friends at Millwood Lake; playing golf; working in his yard; and assisting on projects at the Arkansas Boys Ranch in Harrison. He loved all his grandkids and great-grandkids very much. Pallbearers will be Hayes McWhirter, John Bennett, Jace Jennings, Robert Smith, John Ross, and Andy Cobb.A visitation will be held Wednesday, September 9, 2020 12 noon at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Rd., Benton, with a Funeral Service to follow at 1:00 p.m.Due to COVID-19, we are complying with Arkansas department of health guidelines. Face coverings are required. All attendees must provide their own face coverings.
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We are so sorry. Lamar was a good man. Our thoughts & prayers are with Shirley & their children. We will miss him.
Ms. Shirley, we are saddened to hear of Lamar's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your neighbors, The Youngs
To Shirley and family,We extend our condolences in your loss and remember Lamar with fondest of memories.Joe and Bonnie Magness
Our deepest condolences to you Aunt Shirley. I have so many wonderful and fond memories with you and Uncle Lamar. Some of my most favorite and cherished memories from my childhood is when our family would get together at MawMaw and PawPaw Jenning's house. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time and we love you very much. With love, Alan, Suzanne, Warren and Weston Caster
Lamar was a good man. Our heart felt Prayers go out to all the family and friends.
To the entire Jennings family. We are so sorry for your loss and are praying for your family during this difficult time. Lamar was a Wonderful man and we are honored to have gotten to know him. We are thinking of you and praying for you all.Thomas & Cristy Glass
Shirley, Denise, David, Debra, grandchildren & great-grandchildren,I was saddened to hear about the passing of my good friend Lamar. I became acquainted with him in the early 1960s when my family and I moved to West Memphis where I was employed by the St. Francis Levee District. I met Lamar at the J.A. RIggs Caterpillar Tractor Co, which was located across the street from my office on Broadway & Ingram. I bought several parts from him and we became acquainted at that time. Lamar and I also were fellow members of the West Memphis Junior Chamber of Commerce, better known as the Jaycees, for many years. He and his family also lived one block north of me at the time. I knew Lamar as a fine person. I enjoyed talking to and visiting with him on many occasions.. He appeared to be a good, devoted family man Our families have remained friends for many years and we still try to stay in contact. My thoughts and prayers go out to each of you throughout these difficult times. I will be thinking of you.Sincerely Your Friend,Bill Felty
David and Jace,I am sorry to hear about your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Matt ReynoldsAFPG
We are so sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of Lamar. Such a fine man.
I am so sorry for your loss and will be praying for your family.
Shirley, I’m sorry I can’t be with you at this sad time. I will always remember Lamar’s laugh and the fun times we had in our younger days. You were both loving and supportive friends when Harold and I needed you most. My love also to Denise, Davis and Debra I pray God will comfort and protect you at this sad time DeFaye
Lamar was always so kind to us whenever we got to see him & Shirley. The last time was at Jana’s baby shower. We know he was a great dad and great grandfather! He will be missed. We are so sorry.
Granddaughter here to say!! My heart hurts!! I love you!! - Keep watch over us. Until my work on earth is done. I promise I'll make you proud!!
We love you both and are so sorry. With our deepest sympathy we pray for peace and comfort for the whole family. Much love,Sherry and David Rhodes
What a great man. He could sound gruff but you always knew it was only because he cared about you and only wanted you safe. I am so proud that my life was enriched by Lamar (and Shirley).