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Douglas Stephens Jennings (1918- 2006)
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Douglas Stephens "Doug" Jennings, age 87 of Pensacola, FL, passed away peacefully of natural causes on August 9, 2006. Doug was born August 22, 1918 in Williamsville, MS near the town of Kosciusko, where he was reared. Doug attended the University of Mississippi, where in 1942, he earned his Bachelor of Science in engineering and in 1943, earned his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. While at Ole Miss, he met Vivion Valentine Reed of Dyersburg, TN. They were married on September 27, 1942. Doug worked as a civil engineer in multiple states including Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. During World War II, he served his country as an engineer at Langley Air Base in Virginia. He designed the Morris Ferry Bridge in Franklin County, TN, which was later recognized as the most beautiful bridge built in 1952 by the American Institute of Steel Construction.

Doug became the first civil engineer hired by the Chemstrand Corp. in Pensacola, in February, 1952, where he became the first permanent employee. Doug supervised the construction of the Chemstrand Plant, which later became Monsanto (and is now Solutia). Doug retired from Monsanto as the senior engineer in 1982. As an engineer and registered land surveyor, Doug served the Pensacola community as well as communities in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Doug is survived by his wife, Vivion Reed Jennings, four children, seven grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Doug leaves two sisters, Tinnie Roby of Kosciusko, MS, and Shirley Skipper of Jackson, MS, and brother Pellon Jennings of Kosciusko, MS. He is buried at the family plot at Parkway Cemetary in Kosciusko, Mississippi.