Milton Carl Jennings was born on January 26, 1952 in Balti- more, MD. He is the 7th of 8 children born to Thomas Leroy Jennings and Mary Magelene Hayes Jennings. At the age of 2, Milton and his family moved to Lunenburg County (Victoria, VA). Milton confessed his belief in Jesus Christ at the age of 10 and was baptized in a creek by Bethel Baptist Church in Crewe, VA. He chose to grow his faith with Zion Hill Baptist Church in Victoria, VA; where he was a member for 61 years. In 1987, he was united in Holy Matrimony to Connie Bolden. To that union, two children were born: Carlisha and Marcia Jennings.
Milton has always had a sharp mind. His sisters recall that, even from his early school years, Milton was a gifted student in math and reading, had a natural spelling ability, and a knack for tutoring students older than himself in various subjects. Milton was regularly known to complete his schoolwork at a fast pace and advised the teacher to grade the rest of the class' work based on his perfect score. Milton and his teacher Ms. Taylor would often joke that he deserved a 'C' instead of an 'A' because he didn't have to work hard for his grades, while the other students struggled. In 1970, Milton graduated from Central of Lunenburg High School.
Milton was a hard worker all his life and had many jobs. Starting in high school, he worked at Die-Mold (a plastic fac- tory) at night. After graduating from high school, Milton moved to Baltimore, MD, where he worked at multiple steel factories, including AAMCO and Bethlehem Steel. He also attended a boiler technician trade school on the weekends. Milton eventually moved back to Virginia and worked as a licensed mechanic on farm equipment, race cars, forklifts, and more. His last jobs before retirement were within the Virginia Department of Corrections, where he worked as a Corrections Corporal. He retired after 30 years of service.
Just as Milton always made sure he had a paying job, he also made sure his community was taken care of. He was a dedicated leader with a heart for the people. Milton showed love by providing mechanic services and knowledge to those who could not always afford the work. He worked on the heating and cooling systems in neighbors' homes, chopped firewood to share with those in need, offered food from his garden, provided animal control for fearful homeowners, and taught and offered life advice to younger men and women. He also enjoyed passing time and sharing conversation with older people in the community.
Milton's interests included drag racing, fishing, carpentry, and watching television. When he was younger, he would build and race cars all night just to see how long they would run. He also enjoyed going to Sunday School at Zion Hill Baptist Church, reading and hearing God's preached Word, listening to gospel music, and fellowshipping with like-minded believers. On November 28, 2021, he was installed as a Trustee at Zion Hill. He provided guidance to the youth and assisted in maintaining the church by arranging repair services. In addition to his parents, Milton was preceded in death by his siblings: Roland Jennings, Jerry Jennings, Delores (Sister) Jennings English, and Theodore (Leroy) Jennings.
He leaves to treasure precious memories: his wife, Connie B. Jennings; his daughters, Carlisha and Marcia Jennings; his sisters, Juanita Jennings Montgomery and Stella Jennings Walker; his brother, Eugene Jennings (Barbara); The Bolden Family; his sister-in- law, Lucille Jennings; two children he influenced, Yvette Nash Edmonds and Thomas Nash; his goddaughters, LaVater Walker and Little Miss Riley Grace Hawkins; special cousins: Marvin Fowlkes, Gloria Jennings; close friends: The Oliver Family (especially Hazel, Junious, Theresa, Tasheka, and Kayla), Mary Evans, Melvin Nunnally, Lenco Agnew, William Harding and Ray Draper; and a host of beloved family members, friends, and church members.