Gladness M. Jennings
September 10, 1929 - December 27, 2020
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Doyne Jennings went into the arms of Jesus in his home after a sudden illness on December 21, 2020.  Thomas Doyne Jennings was born on November 24, 1932 to Vernon Walker and Zelma Anna (Cook) Jennings of Bell City, Missouri.  Gladness joined him there on December 27, 2020 also in their home & succumbing to…

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Becky Bland Collins left a message on February 14, 2021:
We were sad to find the obituaries of Doyne and Gladness today. Doyne performed the marriage for my parents, David and Ella Bland, in 1956, when they pastored in Midlothian, TX. My dad has been gone many years; I moved my mom to my home in Nov to care for her. Today, we were listening to Gladness' record "Songs of Gladness" which I remember listening to as I grew up; and my mom was reminiscing about how wonderful Doyne and Gladness were. We came across this website when we searched the internet for them. We are grateful for their lives, which were lived so faithfully for Jesus. God bless their family.
Bruce and Twyla Menzies left a message on December 30, 2020:
Bruce and I were privileged to know Doyne and Gladness!! They held services at the Church my father Rev C J Greer pioneered in Brighton Missouri. Bruce and I enjoyed having them in our home and we enjoyed being in theirs! They will be so missed! I am grateful for the video I have of her singing and playing our piano!
Dawn Tosini left a message on December 30, 2020:
We shareed priceless years of love and friendship❤. The world was fortunate to have them and so were we 🌍
Dawn Tosini left a message on December 30, 2020:
We shareed priceless years of love and friendship❤. The world was fortunate to have them and so were we 🌍
Michelle (Burnett) Schaff left a message on December 30, 2020:
Dear Gayle, Tim, Kevin and David , ( and families ) I’m so thankful I could watch the service on zoom today , I cried and cried I have such fond memories of your family , your parents with my parents and Grandma and Grandpa Burnett such a very special place in my heart ... and my Dad and Mom loved your parents ( as we all did ) Laughing , crying , boat riding , camp meetings visits with the Hays boys my Dad and yours ..... too much love to write down . I know they are healed , together and whole in Heaven and what a joy that is to know ... yet I’m certain the huge empty space in your lives will be most difficult and I’m praying for you . Love , Michelle
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Jim G. Cookson left a message on December 29, 2020:
Doyne and Gladness were special people. They were dear friends of our family. I grew up with them coming to our church and visiting and preaching regularly through the years. As I went into the ministry they were always very encouraging and supportive and we would talk about our travels and music even how to copyright a song. They will be missed. May the Lord give peace and comfort to all of the family in this time.
les phillips left a message on December 29, 2020:
Closing Prayer The rhythm of life is yours, O God, the changing of the seasons, the busyness of the day and the night's stillness, youth's energy and age's measured pace. For daylight followed by hours of darkness, for the time of letting go and of taking off the clothes of the day, for the time of lying down and being covered by the night's intimacy, for the overlapping of the seen and the unseen, heaven and earth, flesh and angels, body and spirit, rest and dying and new life all part of your rhythm, O God, thanks be to you. — Sounds of the Eternal, J. Philip Newell Much love and peace to you my friend and brother, your bride and your family. ~LP
Sandra Goodwin Clopine Drake left a message on December 29, 2020:
I met the Jennings while a student at Southwestern in Waxahachie, Texas. They pastored an outstation I attended, and I rode with them from the girls dorm to the church twice a week. They were very helpful to me, and I will never forget their kindness during those times. God's best to their family during these sad times.
Dustin Jennings left a message on December 29, 2020:
I could not help thinking of some of my favorite memories that I have from my childhood of the time I spent with my grandparents. Every time I went over and spent the night, we would wake up the next morning and have breakfast outside on the deck. Cold, hot, or rain it did not matter. [They had an umbrella for the rain] I must have inherited my grandparents taste buds because we could not eat a meal without a cantaloupe. Gladness knew I loved cantaloupe and she did too. If they did not have one, we would always jump in the car and go get several. Along with the sleep overs and meals Gladness taught me to play chess. Every time we got together, I thought it might be my time to finally beat her own game. We would have long drawn-out games that seemed like they took forever but we were enjoying playing. Eventually I won a few against her every now and again. [She may have let me win, wink wink] I always loved the family traditions of Thanksgiving and Christmas. We would all eat at Olive Garden, then go back to their house for the reading of the Christmas story followed by communion then presents but my favorite memory of my grandparents was, they loved the Lord and his Word. We would always read the bible together and discus it. They taught me from a young age to put my trust in the infallible Word of God! That we cannot rely on this world or the things of this world, but God is faithful, and we can fully rely on Him. Thank you for investing in me. Thank you for fulfilling the Great Commission. Well done! I will miss you.
David Jennings left a message on December 28, 2020:
I have so many wonderful memories in my heart and mind, of Dad's laugh, his crazy, prankish (in a good way) sense of humor and his intuitive ability to know when I needed him to "be there". Two things I’ve been thinking about this morning: A few years back, Dad gave me a painting he made and had kept from second grade during the depression. His teacher asked the children to paint a picture of what they thought they would like to do in their life – and Dad painted a picture of ship mates preparing their sailing vessels to sojourn places so very far away from the small Missouri town where he lived. He wanted to travel and see places he had only dreamed of. Sure enough, Dad (and Mom and our family) travelled extensively throughout the U.S. and the world. Dad met my Mom in Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota and they married and began their ministry 67 years ago. Their life’s work and their deep devotion to my two older brothers, my little sister and me can best be summed up in the concluding words of one of Dad’s sermons, which also turned out to be the final words he spoke to me. “Love … is still the answer”. Dad always reminded us that love is eternal. For that, I will be eternally grateful. Thanks Pop!
David Jennings left a message on December 28, 2020:
It is with devastated and broken hearts that we inform you of Mom's passing away yesterday morning (12/27) at 6:15 am. Karen and I stayed up with her through the night Christmas, 12/26 and 12/27. I I sang many of the songs she wrote to her and reminisced with her and held her beautiful hand as she left us. I told everyone that Dad, since passing on 12/21, was pulling Mom up to be with him, since they did virtually everything together since their wedding day almost 67 years ago on New Years Eve 1953. Once again, so many memories are flooding back. This morning, I'm thinking about the wisdom she gave me when she said she had read the Bible through 27 times (at that time) and in all that reading, she had learned that you can never love others too much or so much that you make God jealous; since. "God doesn't just love. God IS love." Thanks Mom. I love you.
David Rubenstein & Irina Lotvin left a message on December 28, 2020:
David, our hearts are with you. We send to you our sympathy during such a difficult time. Memories will live on in your heart forever. Just know we are thinking of you.
Roger Perkin left a message on December 28, 2020:
Great friends for over fifty years. love the whole family love and prayers
jacqueline scrivner left a message on December 27, 2020:
I will miss Doyne and Gladness so much. I always enjoyed our visits reminiscing about their adventures and times on our street of our children growing up. Our weekly Bible studies just won't be the same without Gladness adding her stories to our readings and playing for our singing. Just a little over two weeks ago Kay and I had been with them in their home. I'm glad they are together, but I will miss them, and until I will see them again, I will always remember them.
Greenlawn left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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