Fallen Hero: SFC(Ret) Romie Willard “RW” Jennings


Funeral Home

Chancellor Funeral Home

2576 US Hwy 49S Florence, MS


Friday, December 30, 2022, 5 – 8 pm, Chancellor Funeral Home; Sat., 2-3 pm.


Saturday, Dec 31, 3 pm, Chancellor Funeral Home


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard.  “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on December 28, 2022, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  SFC(Ret) Romie Willard (RW) Jennings, age 78, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard, who had served within the 31st Rear Area Operations (RAOC), has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.  Jennings also served in the U.S. Navy in his younger days.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

“Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten””

Obituary, visitation, and service details:  

R. W. Jennnings

December 8, 1944 — December 28, 2022


Romie Willard (R.W.) Jennings, Jr., 78, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at his home. Visitation will be held Friday, December 30, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chancellor Funeral Home in Florence, MS. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 31, 2022, at Chancellor Funeral Home in Florence, MS.

R.W., the son of Mary Dee Gordon and Romie Willard Jennings, Sr., was born on December 8, 1944. A graduate of Harrisville High School, he began his career with the United States Navy and later joined the United States Army. R.W. honorably served our country during the Vietnam War. Throughout his military career, he received numerous awards for his service, including the Mississippi Medal of Honor, the Mississippi Magnolia Cross, the Mississippi Magnolia Medal, the Mississippi Commendation Medal, the Mississippi Medal of Efficiency, the Mississippi War Medal, the Mississippi Emergency Service Medal, the Mississippi Service School Medal, and the Mississippi Longevity Medal. R.W. also served in the Mississippi National Guard for 14 years before he retired from his military career. He worked for Shank Communications in Jackson, MS as a radio technician from 1977 until his retirement in 2009.

In his free time, R.W. enjoyed spending time with his friends and family at Lake Copiah, and he was an avid fan of the Ole Miss Rebels. R.W. will be remembered most as a loving husband, a devoted father, a beloved grandfather, and a friend to many.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Dee Jennings, and his sisters, June Macoy, Sissy Macoy and Polly Mullins. R.W. is survived by his wife of 19 years, Janis, his daughters, Tina Marek and Paulette Bryan (Chris), his sons, Tommy Jennings (Regina), Michael Doyle (Anita), Stephen Doyle, his 10 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.