Dr. William Gordon Jennings Jr
PARSONS, Tenn. — Dr. William Gordon Jennings Jr., 83, of Parsons, Tenn., passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at his home after a brief illness surrounded by his loving wife and children.
He was born January 19, 1930, in Decatur County, Tenn., to the late William Gordon Jennings Sr. and Pauline Primm Jennings.
He completed his Elementary and High School Education in Decatur County before joining the U.S. Navy, January 7, 1947.
He was trained as an Aviation Photographer’s Mate, First Class and served in Florida, Wallops Island, Virginia, North Carolina, Argentina, and England. He was a recipient of the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Occupation Medal and the American Defense Award. He was Honorably Discharged from active duty December 22, 1956, and in 1957 began a 15-year stint in the U. S. Naval Reserves acquiring the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Dr. Jennings began college at UT Knoxville in 1957 earning his B.S. degree in 1960, he studied from 1961 to 1964 at UT School of Medicine in Memphis, Tenn., completing his M.D. degree. He served his 1st year Medical Residency and Medical Internship at UT Memphis in 1964-65, his Neurology Residency I and II from 1965-67 at UT Memphis and served as Neurology Resident, Chief at UT Memphis in 1967-68. During 1974 and 1975, he studied Basic and Advanced Courses at the American Institute of Hypnosis in Memphis, Tenn.
From 1968 until the present, Dr. Jennings served in the field of Medical Neurology in private practice with offices in Memphis, Tenn., Paducah, Ky., Bolivar, Paris, and Parsons, Tenn. He has been an Assistant and an Associate Professor in the Neurology Department of UT Memphis, Director of several clinics in Memphis, served in several capacities at Western Mental Health Institute in Bolivar including Superintendent. He also had Medical Neurology and General Practice ties with the Hohenwald and Jackson, Tenn., areas.
His Staff Appointments throughout his career have included Baptist Memorial, St. Joseph, Doctors, Methodist, and Memphis Eye and Ear Hospitals, all in Memphis, Tenn., Lourdes and Western Baptist Hospitals in Paducah, Ky., Lewis County Hospital in Hohenwald, Tenn., and Decatur County Hospital in Parsons, Tenn.
His professional organizations include American Academy of Pain Management, American Medical Association, American Medical Director Association, Southern Medical Association, American Academy of Neurology-Associate Member, Tenn., Association of Long Term Care Physicians, Tenn., Geriatric Society, Tenn., Medical Society and UT Alumni Association Member.
Dr. Jennings has written several Scientific Manuscripts and participated in numerous medical research projects and was continuously taking medical education courses to keep current on issues concerning his practice.
His survivors include his wife, Debra Susan (Richards) Jennings, of Parsons Tenn.; three daughters, Stephanie J. Hale (Stan Opiel), of Chincoteague Island, Va., Michelle Cullinan of Germantown, Tenn., Melanie Christina Jennings of Parsons, Tenn.; two sons, Jeffrey B. Jennings (Cathy), of Jackson, Tenn., David E. Jennings of Chincoteague Island, Va.; one sister, Emily Ann Vise (James L.), of Decaturville, Tenn.; his mother in law, Sue Richards of Melber, Ky.; he is also survived by five grandchildren, Catherine Cora Cullinan, Madison Claire Jennings, Baileigh Elizabeth Pratt, Kenneth William Long and Weston Ronald Dickson.
He was predeceased by a brother, Frank Jennings; and his father-in-law, Leon Richards.
Funeral Service will be at Parsons First Baptist Church, Parsons, Tenn., at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2013, with burial to follow in Jeanette Cemetery near Parsons. Military Honors will be conducted at the graveside.
Visitation will be Friday, April 5, 2013, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. until service time at Parsons First Baptist Church.
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