Former newsman, PR specialist Roy Jennings dies at 83 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Former newsman, PR specialist Roy Jennings dies at 83

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Roy Jennings, a former newsman and public relations specialist for the Southern Baptist Convention, has died at 83 years old.

Jennings, who died on Nov. 22, spent two decades with the Baptist convention after working as a reporter and editor for The Commercial Appeal of Memphis.

"Roy was among the premier journalists in the Southern Baptist Convention and everyone respected him," said Jack Childs, a friend and former colleague.

"Because of his newspaper background he knew about deadlines and he was clear about what he expected. If you got your work in on time, everything was great, but if not, then woe unto you. Fortunately, I never missed a deadline with him."

Jennings was on the board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention and served as a moderator of the Shelby Baptist Association.

An ordained deacon, he was a member of Germantown Baptist Church. "He was well-grounded in theology and loved to initiate discussions," said church member James Bostick.

"We all looked forward to those forums because Roy was such a thought-provoking leader." Survivors include his wife, Marye, daughter Gail Jennings of Roswell, Ga., two brothers and four sisters.

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