Virginia Dare Beamon Jennings, widow of James Arlie Jennings, died Aug. 11 at Autumn Lakes Nursing Home in Essex, Md. She was born Feb. 10, 1930, to William Bart and Rhoda Louise Brooks Beamon in Wilkes County. She grew up in a family active in Fairplains Baptist Church. She was educated in the Wilkes County Schools.
Mrs. Jennings was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a brother, James Richard Beamon; and sisters, Venie L. Beamon, Edith M. Kilby, Margie C. Walsh and Grace H. Palmer. She is survived by three sons, Gary (Joyce H.) Jennings of Joppa, Md., Kenneth Jennings of Perry Hall, Md., and Bill Jennings of Baltimore, Md. She is also survived by six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren living in Maryland; and her sister-in-law, Lillian (Reggie) Colvard, and many nieces and nephews who live in Wilkes County.
Dare enjoyed travel, photography, pets, cats, growing flowers and the study of holistic healthcare. In early adulthood, she and Arlie were both licensed airplane pilots. Her family owned and operated Jim’s Transmission Shop in Essex, Md. Her wish to have her remains returned to her beloved Wilkes County will be honored this fall when a memorial service will be held for family and friends to attend.