Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

Nelson Jennings

03/02/1952 - 09/28/2017

Viewing Information

A viewing will be held, Friday, October 6, 2017 at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Berkley Avenue.

Service Information

A funeral service will be held, 1pm, Saturday, October 7, 2017
Metropolitan Funeral Service, Berkley Chapel
120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk VA

Interment Information

Roosevelt Memorial Park
1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake VA

Nelson Lee Jennings was born on March 3, 1952. He was the third child of Thomas E. Jennings Sr. and Juanita Nixon Jennings. He passed away of natural causes at his home in Chesapeake, Virginia on September 28, 2017. He is proceeded in death by his parents; sister Juanita Dognia; and three brothers Darnell Jennings, Thabit Jelani, Reverend Ray Jennings Sr. nelson was a trailblazer and servant leader. He was a 1970 graduate of Crestwood High School where he was also captain of the football team. He was a 1974 graduate of Elizabeth City State University where he also was co-captain of the football team. He was privileged to later serve as a football coach for his alma mater as well. He served and received an honorable discharge from the United States Army. While serving in the Army he served as a football coach for West Point Prep Academy. Nelson pursued legal studies and graduated in 1985 with honors from Antioch School of Law. He was a member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Incorporated. He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter Erica Jennings-Taylor (Anthony Taylor); step-mother Iris Marie Jennings; four sisters Angelia Jennings—Johnson (Rev. Carl Johnson) of Winston Salem, NC., Bonnie Jennings-Turner of Chesapeake, VA, Paula Jennings of Richmond, VA., and Romega Clark of Chesapeake, VA.; four brothers Robert Jennings of Chesapeake, VA, Carl Joyner, Dr. Keith Jennings, and Darryl Jennings Sr. (Debra Breaux) all of Atlanta, GA; his special friend Gail Nixon, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Sallye A Higgin Nelson my dear You have fought a good fight. You have finished the course. Now there are treasures stored in heaven for you. RIP!!
Posted: 11/20/2017
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Johnny & Estherine J. Harding Extending profound sympathy to the Jennings Family. Nelson is truly missed as he was such a dynamic individual who shared so much love and kindness to everyone he met. May God give you comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Posted: 10/12/2017
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Ernestyne Higgin Matthews Blessed in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saint. Earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain. See you when I get there.
Posted: 10/9/2017
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Deanna Pledger I want to express to the Jennings family how sorry I am for your lost. Nelson, I love and miss you my friend. You are a wonderful friend. I will miss you deeply. God has you now and I will never forget you Nelson.
Posted: 10/7/2017
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Leroy Little My Heart is Heavy this Morning as I think about My Cuz, My Friend, Nelson "Dicka Lee" Jenning. I can't physically be there but I'm with U all in Spirit as We Celebrate the Life & Times of Our Brother. They say a Picture is worth a 1,000 Words, well this one here Speaks Volume with that Smile. He Made U Smile coming or going, always willing 2 help, Giving of Himself and without Question, one of the Most Brilliant Minds I've ever Known. Last time we stood in the same room was 6-yrs ago. Family gave me a Surprise 60th B-Day Party and when I walked in, there stood that Smile. WE Hugged, Laughed and I knew I was Home but it wasn't complete until Nelson took the Mic and Clowned Me, What He Did O'so Well With Love. To the Family I Thank-U 4 Sharing Nelson with Us as We Pray U Strong Doing This Difficult Times, 4 Family was Always First with Him. Hope U Find Solace N Knowing Many of Us Who He Helped, Advised, Clowned & Loved, Will Carry Him N Our Hearts 4-Life. Already Missing-U-Man, May Nelson "Dicka Lee" Jennings Forever R-I-Paradise !!!
Posted: 10/7/2017
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Min. Rosetta Hawkins-Jones Expressing my sincerest condolences to the Jennings Family, and praying that God will comfort you during this time of bereavement. Our families were connected by love and compassion for each other early in life in West Mundell, and that has not changed. I had the privilege of seeing Nelson a few years ago, and fellowshipping with him at my church. He was a wonderful person to know, and will be missed. "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning (Psalms 30:5,KJV).
Posted: 10/7/2017
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T E Okafor The Jennings Family May GOD continue to comfort you during this season. Remember a season is for a short time period. Allow the love of GOD to strengthen you as you cherish the times spent with Nelson and all your wonderful memories. I am unable to be with you today due to prior obligations. But my prayer are with you and the family! Love Ya
Posted: 10/7/2017
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T. E. Okafor Family of Mr. Jennings Allow GOD to comfort you during this season. Remember a season does not stay forever. God will comfort and sustain you. As you think back of the wonderful and fun-filled memories of Nelson, allow these to comfort you as you cherish the days spent with him.
Posted: 10/7/2017
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Lonnie Twine my saddest condolences to the Jennings family. Nelson, my stick-man was a fellow Army veteran and like a brother. I will miss him. ~Lonnie Twine .
Posted: 10/6/2017
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darnell moore Faye and I were saddened to learn of Nelson's passing. Being a graduate of Crestwood and ECSU, I knew Nelson as Pop Bear. Throughout the years, I can never recall seeing Nelson when he didn't have a big smile and a hug for you. He was always an uplifting and supportive individual that you couldn't help but feel good after talking to him.Joy always came in the form of Nelson Lee "Pop Bear" Jennings. He touched all of those who knew him. We pray God's Comfort, Peace, Grace, and Mercy for his family.
Posted: 10/6/2017
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Sandy Avant Always the most uplifting and knew how to make you Smile...Thanks for all your advice!!! Rest in Peace...May God grant the family comfort during this difficult time.
Posted: 10/6/2017
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Ty Moore We are truly so very sorry for your loss. Please know that we love you and we our praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Love your Hope Tolson Family
Posted: 10/6/2017
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Hope Community Public Charter School We are so very sorry for your loss. We love you and know that you and your family our in our prayers. Love your Hope Tolson Family
Posted: 10/6/2017
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David Stukes To the Jennings. The book of Psalms 30-5 tells us that weeping may endure but a night but joy cometh in the morning. Nelson was my high school classmate and also an ECSU team mate. There were few men of Nelson character and love for his fellow man. Please know that the bible tells us tha to be absent from the body is to be present with God Nelson has made that transition. May God bless you as a family and I know that Nelson will be missed.
Posted: 10/6/2017
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Gregory Harvey I will always remember our days growing up. Rest In Peace
Posted: 10/5/2017
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Ron G Jackson My Prayers are with the Jennings family at this very special time...Nelson and I were classmates at Antioch School of Law and he was just a terrific and God filled Man...it was indeed my pleasure an honor to know him and to truly call him a special friend. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace! Amen
Posted: 10/5/2017
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Bonita R Freeman-Foster, Terry Simmons Our prayer and love is with the Jennings family. We pray that God continues to keep you strong and comport you during this time period.
Posted: 10/5/2017
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Bishop James Pat and Jeanette Moyler Our prayer and love is with the family's. We prayer that God will give your family strength.
Posted: 10/4/2017
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Ronnie Russell Rest in peace my brother! Amazing talent, Park Bear could put together a rhyme. He was rapping before rap music actually took off. Always a great guy to be around, he will be missed! God bless his family and love ones, you are in our prayers
Posted: 10/3/2017
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Nikki To the family in your time of need. May the God of tender mercies(Psalm 83:18)comfort you, 2 Corinthians 1:3,4
Posted: 10/2/2017
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Harold Bulldog Smith Nelson Lee Jennings was my friend, Fraternity brother and football teammate at ECSU. We had some great times together. He invited me to his home a many times where I met his family.They treated me like family.He was always saying something to keep you smiling. I will always treasure the Good times we had as friends. You are gone but never forgotten in my mind and heart. RIP. LOVE. BULLDOG
Posted: 10/1/2017
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Garland Butts-Nichols I will always remember Nelson for everything he was. He was God's angel and being the greatest comedian that loved. God loved him more. Say hello to Juanita and Ray. I miss you all
Posted: 10/1/2017
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Jonathan Tinsley Pop Bear did it his way, that's living.Rest in peace
Posted: 10/1/2017
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Phillip Cool Breeze White, ECSU Nelson "Park Bear" Jennings was part of the Brotherhood known as the ECSU Football family. What a guy, full of fun with s big smile. He could light up a room. He will be missed but know he was loved by many for the heart he had to share his live of life. Thank you Bear for adding so much to my life on the grounds of ECSU and Football field.
Posted: 10/1/2017
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