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Nicholas Rex Jennings

May 23, 1944 - May 9, 2017

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Nicholas Rex Jennings passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at his home in Dallas, TX. He was born on May 23, 1944, in Paris, Texas, to Betty and Rex Jennings. His dad spent his entire life as an executive with various Chambers of Commerce. As a result, "Nicky Rex" lived in a number of cities throughout Texas: Paris, Mt. Pleasant, Sherman, Sulphur Springs, Brownwood, Longview, Fort Worth, and Wichita Falls. He graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1962. He attended Baylor University where he joined Circle K fraternity and earned a BBA degree in...

Nicholas Rex Jennings passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at his home in Dallas, TX. He was born on May 23, 1944, in Paris, Texas, to Betty and Rex Jennings. His dad spent his entire life as an executive with various Chambers of Commerce. As a result, "Nicky Rex" lived in a number of cities throughout Texas: Paris, Mt. Pleasant, Sherman, Sulphur Springs, Brownwood, Longview, Fort Worth, and Wichita Falls. He graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1962. He attended Baylor University where he joined Circle K fraternity and earned a BBA degree in 1966, the first member of his family to receive a college degree. Rex then obtained an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968.

After Wharton and becoming a Certified Public Accountant, Rex moved to Denver, where he worked for Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. In 1969, he married Sue Morrison of Niles, Ohio, a recent graduate of Ohio State. They moved to New York City in 1971 where Rex trained with Goldman Sachs and son Nick was born. While Rex continued to work for Goldman Sachs, the family of three moved to Dallas in 1972. Daughter Catherine was born in 1974. From 1978-82, Rex was the Chief Financial Officer with Universal Restaurants Inc. He then joined Arthur L. Owen Insurance Co. as CFO in 1983. He became a partner shortly before the company was acquired by Fred S James. In 1997, he helped open the Lockton Companies' Dallas office. He completed his career at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co, and retired in 2011. Rex worked for over 23 years building PestSure into a successful captive insurance company, now in its 37th year. His colleagues describe him as being a man of extreme intelligence, full of honesty, thoughtfulness and immeasurable integrity. Additionally, he was an adept storyteller who was as great with people as he was with numbers. Rex actively volunteered with many community organizations.

Win or lose, Rex was a diehard Baylor Bears, Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys fan. He held season tickets, attended World Series, Superbowls, and always managed to find the impossible-to-get ticket for any sold out event. As longtime fervent Baylor Bears, the Jennings Family Scholarship Fund at Baylor University was established in 2012. In 2017, Rex surprised Sue, whose profession was nursing, with the establishment of the Sue Morrison Jennings Scholarship Fund at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing.

Rex and Sue were active members of Park Cities Baptist Church of Dallas and the Duke Presley Class. Rex's strong Christian faith reinforced his positive outlook and infectious enthusiasm for life. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and a close, loyal friend.

Rex is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sue Jennings of Dallas; his son Nick Jennings of Powderly, Texas; his daughter Catherine Jennings Pate, her husband Matt Pate and their children Presley, George and Sam of Dallas; his sister Joan Jennings Murray and her husband Ken of Anthem, Arizona; his brother Jeff Jennings, wife Dana and their sons Zane and Mark of Phoenix, Arizona.

The family will receive visitors on Sunday, May 14, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home. On Monday, May 15 at 2:00 pm, a memorial service will be held in the sanctuary of Park Cities Baptist Church, 3933 Northwest Parkway, with Neal Jeffrey officiating. The family wishes to express appreciation to caregivers and the entire staff of Baylor Medical Center Dallas for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the Sue Morrison Jennings Scholarship Fund at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. The address for gifts is: Baylor University Gift Office, One Bear Place #97050. Waco, Texas 76798.