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Resolutions and Memorial on the Death of Brother Marvin Jennings

Mt. Pleasant Rebekah Lodge No. 9, International Order of Odd Fellows

May 18, 1961

Our beloved brother, Marvin Jennings, passed from our midst on Monday afternoon, May 1, 1961. These resolutions are written to express to the members of his family our deep appreciation for the unselfish service which he gave to Mt. Pleasant Rebekah Lodge No. 9 and to other branches of the Order.

Brother Marvin Jennings was born on the 16th day of November, 1902, at Roanoke, Virginia. He married Miss Alice Muir in 1924 in East St. Louis, Illinois. To them were born two sons, Marvin, Jr., and Charles Theodore, who are now living in this area. In 1942 Brother Jennings and his family moved to Arlington, Virginia, since he had accepted employment at the General Accounting Office.

He was initiated into Columbia Lodge No. 10, International Order of Odd Fellows, on 1 November 1945 and served as Noble Grand of Columbia Lodge on two separate occasions. Brother Jennings also belonged to Mt. No Encampment, filling various offices, becoming Chief Patriarch, serving various offices in the Grand Encampment, and being elected Grand Patriarch in 1953, the highest office the Grand Encampment can bestow upon a brother. For the current term he was Grand Instructor for the Grand Encampment, Scribe for Mt. Nebo Encampment, and Outside Guardian for Columbia Lodge No. 10.

Brother Jennings joined Mt. Pleasant Rebekah Lodge No. 9 in November 1948 and served this lodge faithfully in various capacities whenever requested for help. He assisted with degree work and assisted as a member of the Finance Committee for a number of years. He lived and practiced Odd Fellowship in his daily walk of life. His memory will be ever bright among those of us who were privileged to call him, "Brother."

Therefore, BE IT RESOLVED That Mt. Pleasant Rebekah Lodge No. 9 having suffered a distinct loss submit this declaration of the activities of our beloved brother as a token of our esteem for our brother.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be made a part of the permanent records of this lodge and that a copy be furnished to his widow, our beloved Sister Alice Jennings and to his children.

"At the end of the road, there lies
A gate of gardens fair
A place of rest and happiness
With sunshine everywhere
Where hearts at last are free from pain
And sorrows crushing load,
And where your loved one waits for you
In Peace at the end of the road.

Fraternally submitted,

Louise B. Long
Maxine Gibson
Helen Fridley

Resolutions and Memorial on the Death of Brother Marvin Jennings, Mt. Pleasant Rebekah Lodge No. 9, International Order of Odd Fellows, 18 May 1961

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