Lake Theodore's Story
CAMP CREEK — Lake Theodore "Ted" Jennings Jr., 83, of Camp Creek, passed away on March 24, 2017. Born on November 30, 1933 in Camp Creek, he was the son of the late Lake Theodore Jennings Sr. & Lena Belle Jennings. He was a longtime resident of Mercer County.
After graduation from Spanishburg High School he served proudly in the United State Navy in the Korean War, learning the skills of Machinist and Tool maker. He applied those skills in the workplace advancing to Lead Machinist at NCR in Dayton, Ohio while at the same time starting and supporting J & S Trailer Sales, a partnership business with his sister Willie. In 1967, his entrepreneurial spirit and desire to be close to family brought him back to his native WV. One job was never enough, so in moving back to West Virginia, he purchased and operated Jennings Skating Rink in Princeton and started a new business in Jennings Mobile Home and RV parts. After many enjoyable years of meeting and connecting with young and old skaters alike, he sold the skating rink, moved the location and the Mobile Home and RV Parts business and started Jennings Construction Company. He semi-retired in 1995, selling the Mobile Home and RV business to his daughter, Rita and her husband Bruce, after purchasing a farm in Camp Creek where he grew up as a child. Never one to sit idle, he continued to stay busy in construction and on the farm until health issues prevented such activities.
Ted was a man of many talents with extraordinary mechanical skills and business aptitude. He was fearless in his pursuit and performance of all business activities. His acute ability and desire to fix things were often sought by friends and family and he always welcomed the challenge in doing so.
He was an active outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and all things outdoors; He was very conscientious about the balance in nature and spent great deal of his time and energy devoted to preserving it for future generations.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Sharon Gayle Thompson Jennings and their faithful dog Newt. His daughter Rita Lynn Wimmer & husband Bruce; their two sons-Ted's grandson Brian Wimmer & wife Amada, great grandson, Brandon, Ted's grandson Joshua Ted Wimmer & wife Erika, Ted's great granddaughter Livia Martin and great grandson Vonn Jennings Wimmer. Ted's son Barry Lake Jennings & wife Kathy, their children; Ted's grandson, Travis Lake Jennings & wife Stacy, Ted's granddaughter Allison Hershberger & husband Warren and Ted's great grandson Shaw Hershberger.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents and three loving sisters, Dorothy Lee "Dot" Warren, Willie Belle Skelton and Reba Blevins.
A service to celebrate the life of Ted Jennings will be held 1:30 P.M. Monday, March 27, 2017 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Dr. John King officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Friends may visit with the family Monday from 12:30 P.M. until the service hour at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared with the family via www.memorialfd.com
Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Hospice Compassus, 1330 Mercer Street, Princeton WV 24740 or Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 222 Capitol Street, Suite 400, Charleston WV 25301.
The Jennings family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
Published on March 25, 2017