Jarrell L. (J.L.) Jennings, former editor and publisher of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, died Aug. 11 in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 95 years old.
Jennings was born in Cordell, Okla. on September 14, 1915. In 1950 he joined the Don Rey Media Group, retiring 32 years later as Executive Vice President. During his term he also served as vice president of the central division, which included Bartlesville and 11 other newspapers in Oklahoma. He was a member of Donrey's Board of Directors and was in charge of the Donrey Washington, D.C., and Oklahoma City News Bureaus.
Jennings received many prestigious awards throughout his career. He served as president of the Oklahoma Press Association in 1971 and was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1983.
Jennings was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen. He is survived by two sons, one daughter, one sister, eight grandsons, three granddaughters, 14 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held August 17 at the Black Mountain Community Church of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Thu, August 25, 2011
by Lisa Potts