Escambia County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) Deputy Sheriff Royce “Roy” Jennings, Jr., 57, had a fulfilling 30-plus years’ law enforcement career. Having spent his entire career as a sheriff’s deputy with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO), Jennings was a staple figure in the community in which he served for three decades.
Deputy Sheriff Jennings died at his Pensacola, Fla., home on July 13, 2013 with his wife and sister by his side.
Deputy Sheriff Jennings endured a lengthy history of failing health and, as he was always prone to do, never uttered a word about his suffering. An upbeat sort by nature, Deputy Jennings humored often, assisted always, and maintained a stellar career since raising his hand to swear to uphold his law enforcement oath.
Deputy Jennings was a devout Christian and practiced his faith diligently.
Known to be founded in old school, traditionalist beliefs and morals, Deputy Jennings became known as a fair-minded and level-headed police practitioner. Jennings always espoused responsibility and high standards, not only for himself but also those he met along his law enforcement pathway.
Commonly cited as a judicious law enforcement professional possessive of even-handed measures of doling out justice and enforcement practices, Jennings was widely-known to selflessly give of himself.
In his off duty time, Deputy Jennings was known to beat the skins with such fervor, his style was likened to the drummer “Animal” from “The Muppet’s Show” fame.
Jennings was the drummer for the Sheriff’s Outreach Band, “Southern Heat”, and partook as a co-anchor for the “Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers” announcements. Jennings also co-authored domestic violence policies.
Among his vast experiences during his long career, Deputy Jennings had been assigned to the Motor Unit, worked in the Traffic Unit, participated in the Honor Guard, trained new deputies as a Field Training Officer, and patiently exuded his talents as a Hostage Negotiator, among other duties.
In 2001, Deputy Jennings endured several organ transplants and underwent the perils of a double lung transplant operation. Thereafter, his wife, Kimberly Ann, donated a kidney to her husband, allowing Deputy Jennings to survive more years with his friends and family.
From a man full of hope, vigor, promise, and selfless acts throughout his lifetime, a courageous man fought valiantly and always gave back, even when he were faltering internally.
Deputy Jennings’s family requested any donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Deputy Sheriff Royce “Roy” F. Jennings, Jr., was laid to rest on Saturday, July 20, 2013.
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