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William ‘Bill’ McKinley Jennings

William “Bill” McKinley Jennings died Dec. 14, 2013 at Sentara Careplex Hospital in Hampton.

He was born in Halifax County on Oct. 9, 1941 to the late Rena B. Wheeler and Charlie Younger Sr. He was married 48 years to Joanne Jennings, whom he met while serving with the U.S. Air Force. He retired after 22 years of service only to work for 21 years with Hampton Schools Transportation Department.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his siblings, Robert Wheeler and Mary of New York City, Mark Wheeler and Mary of Norfolk, Yvonne Wheeler of Nathalie, Patricia Bennett and Arthur of San Diego, Calif., Floretta Ross of Nathalie, Marilyn Smith and Kent, and Carolyn Turner and Mac, and Edith Chandler; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Two brothers, Alexander Wheeler and Charlie Younger Jr., also preceded Mr. Jennings in death. 

He was cremated, and a memorial service was held Dec. 29, 2013 at Antioch Baptist Church in Newport News.