Ralph Newton Jennings was born in Kosciusko, MS, on November 16, 1949, and died in his sleep in Ajijic, Mexico, on December 8, 2020, from heart disease.
Ralph was a graduate of Kosciusko High School, where he was a member of the KHS Band, the University of Mississippi (B.S. Accounting), and San Francisco State University (MBA). He worked as an auditor for the State of Mississippi in Jackson before becoming an accountant for Nabisco in Burlingame, CA, followed by being named comptroller for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, a not-for-profit charity. He was also an usher for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra at Davies Hall and participated in fundraising for AIDS charities in the Bay Area, including the California AIDS Ride. He retired to Ajijic, Mexico, where he volunteered at the Lake Chapala Society Library.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude Jennings, Jr., and Hazel Yates Love Jennings of Kosciusko; stepmother, Ruth Dunn Jennings of Kosciusko; and partner Rev. Theodore Boya of Dallas, Texas.
He is survived by his three sisters, Hazel Jennings Harrod (Frank) of Slidell, LA, Sylvia Jennings Gilbert (Gerald) of Marietta, GA, and Mary Lynn Dunn Rigney (George) of Rockledge, FL; one niece; four nephews; two aunts; and 21 first cousins.
Due to Covid restrictions, a memorial service will be planned later.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Skipworth Performing Arts Center or charity of choice.