HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 65
(By Delegate Sypolt, Anderson, Barach, Barnhart, Barrett, Bates, Boggs, Booth, Bridges, Burkhammer, Capito, Conley, Cooper, Criss, Crouse, Dean, Diserio, Doyle, Ellington, Espinosa, Evans, Fast, Ferrell, Fleischauer, Fluharty, Forsht, Foster, Garcia, Gearheart, Graves, Griffith, Hamrick, Hanna, Hansen, Hanshaw (Mr. Speaker), Hardy, Haynes, Holstein, Honaker, Hornbuckle, Hott, Householder, Howell, D. Jeffries, J. Jeffries, Jennings, Keaton, D. Kelly, J. Kelly, Kessinger, Kimble, Kimes, Linville, Longanacre, Lovejoy, Mallow, Mandt, Martin, Maynard, Maynor, Mazzocchi, McGeehan, Miller, Nestor, Pack, Paynter, Pethtel, Phillips, Pinson, Pritt, Pushkin, Queen, Reed, Reynolds, Riley, Rohrbach, Rowan, Rowe, Skaff, Smith, Statler, Steele, Storch, Summers, Thompson, Toney, Tully, Walker, Wamsley, B. Ward, G. Ward, Westfall, Williams, Worrell, Young, Zatezalo, Zukoff, Clark and Horst))
[February 14, 2022]
Requesting the Division of Highways name Bridge Number: 39-092/00-002.95 () (39A225), (39.33068,-79.85035) locally known as EVANSVILLE BRIDGE, carrying WV 92 over LITTLE SANDY CREEK in Preston county, the “U. S. Army Major Jesse A. Jennings Memorial Bridge”.
Whereas, Jesse A. Jennings was born March 23, 1940, in Evansville, West Virginia. He graduated from Fellowsville High class of 1958. He married Joyce Marie Morris on December 27, 1959. Jesse was a graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in Agriculture. He worked for the State of West Virginia as an animal inspector for 6 years and retired at age 73; and
Whereas, Jesse enlisted with the United States Army in February 1960, in Fort Benning Georgia, where he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. Upon completion of three years active duty, he joined the National Guard, 19 Special Forces Unit, a Green Beret at Camp Dawson, Kingwood, WV. He retired as a Major of the 19 Special Forces Unit with 23 years of service; and
Whereas, Prior to his retirement, he went to Officer Candidate School where he became a First Lieutenant. He earned his Korean Jump Wings and received the Army Accommodation Medal along with other numerous awards and designations; and
Whereas, Along with Jesse's career serving the United States Army he continually strived to protect and serve his family and community. He was actively involved in County politics. Jesse served as President of the Preston County School Board where he served 2 terms. He served as a commissioner of Preston County. He was responsible for starting the first Fire Department in Fellowsville. He was responsible for getting a Dentist office for the local community in Fellowsville. Jesse's life was full of great accomplishments, but the greatest of all was his five children. His values and hard work were instilled on his children, who have passed those traits down to their children; and
Whereas, Jesse passed away on November 24, 2021, at Preston County Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Joyce M. Jennings, children Rocky Jennings and Peggy of Evansville, Jessica Jennings of Tunnleton, Jess “Jay” Jennings II of Fellowsville, and Jarrett Jennings and wife Jennifer of Fellowsville, a brother Dorris Rolland “Buck” Jennings, 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; and
Whereas, It is fitting that an enduring memorial be established to commemorate Major Jesse A. Jennings and his contributions to our state and country; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name Bridge Number: 39-092/00-002.95 () (39A225), (39.33068,-79.85035) locally known as EVANSVILLE BRIDGE, carrying WV 92 over LITTLE SANDY CREEK in Preston county, the “U. S. Army Major Jesse A. Jennings Memorial Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bridge as the “U. S. Army Major Jesse A. Jennings Memorial Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House forward a copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways.