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Dr. Theodore W. Jennings, 97, professor emeritus of the University of Tampa, passed away peacefully on Sept. 7, 2017. Ted was born in Prairieville, IL, on Sept. 5, 1920, to Henry and Sarah Mae (Frey) Jennings and raised in the Mennonite tradition with seven siblings.
Ted served as a Methodist minister in Florida, including St. Paul's Methodist Church in Miami. He was a proud graduate of Emory University where he received his Divinity degree in 1948. Ted completed his doctorate in psychology at the University of Miami and began his career at the University of Tampa as a professor of psychology in 1965. Dr. Jennings was a favored professor who influenced a generation of psychology students with intellectually challenging and engaging courses until his retirement. He also continued to serve the Methodist church, teaching an adult Sunday school class in the summers at Fairfield Glade Methodist Church in Crossville for more than 20 years and at Palma Ceia Methodist Church in Tampa for over 45 years.
On Dec. 9, 2014, Ted was preceded in death by his beloved partner and wife of 56 years, Jane Marion (Randolph) Jennings. Ted and Jane made their home in Pleasant Hill, TN, during the summers from 1965 to 2011.
Ted is survived by his three daughters, Elizabeth (John) Hanfelt, Deborah Jennings and Rebecca (Mike) Poe; and three grandchildren, Daniel Hanfelt, Kathryn Hanfelt and Andrew Poe. He is also survived by two sisters, Beatrice (Don) Almquist and Thelma (Hernan) Meneses.
Ted loved the Lord, his wife, family and people. His wisdom, insight, enthusiasm and humor will be greatly missed by all the lives he touched. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Palma Ceia Methodist Church, 3723 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa, FL 33629.
A memorial service will take place at Palma Ceia Methodist Church on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Florida Mortuary Funeral in Tampa was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on September 25, 2017
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