R. Jennings Outlaw Jr.

Jan. 25, 1955 – Nov. 8, 2021

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Remus Jennings Outlaw Jr., a resident of the Pleasant Grove area near Mount Olive, at the age of 66, passed away in the early morning hours on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.

A 1973 graduate of East Duplin High School, Jennings attended NC State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in chemical engineering. Later, he earned a master’s degree in business administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Jennings started his engineering career in 1977 with Allied Chemical Corp in Brunswick, Georgia, and later worked at Texasgulf Chemicals in Aurora, North Carolina. He returned home to Duplin County in 1985 and had a long career as the facilities manager at Caswell Center in Kinston, retiring in 2015. Immediately following, he worked as the facilities maintenance supervisor for Eastpointe Human Services in Beulaville, where he was employed for over five years.

Having been raised on a family farm, Jennings was a farmer at heart and wanted to share this lifestyle with his children whom he dearly loved. He fulfilled his dream through Outlaw Family Farms, establishing a grape vineyard and raising swine on the ground, just as it had been done in earlier years by his late father. An avid hunter and outdoorsman, Jennings had an abiding love for dogs, especially Labrador Retrievers, who were commonly seen as “passengers” in his red or blue truck.

Most important to Jennings was his Christian values and his faith in God. He was a lifelong member of Woodland United Methodist Church, having served in many capacities and on numerous committees through the years. In the past, he was also an active leader for Boy Scouts Troop 37.

Jennings service to the community was extensive. He served an eight-year term on the Duplin County Board of Education and held a lengthy tenure on the Duplin County Board of Public Health. Until his passing, he was a board member for the Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation, Duplin County Economic Development Commission, and James Sprunt Community College Board of Trustees.

Jennings is survived by his wife, Julie Dodson Outlaw; a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Amanda Outlaw of Mount Olive; a daughter and son-in-law, Laura Outlaw Overman and Christopher Overman, of London, England; two grandchildren, Declan Outlaw and Nora Jane Outlaw, both of Mount Olive; a nephew, Timmy Graham of Lake View, South Carolina; an aunt and uncle, Joyce O. and William Earl Tyndall of Kinston. He is also survived by innumerable family members, unforgotten friends, and supportive colleagues who were all very dear to him.

Loved ones who were at the gates of heaven to receive him were his parents, Remus and Donie Holmes Outlaw; and his sister and brother-in-law, Gail Outlaw Graham and Bill Graham.

The life of Jennings Outlaw was remembered at a 1 p.m. service Friday, Nov. 12, at Tyndall Funeral Home in Mount Olive. Officiating was the Rev. William Van Meter. Following the service, the family received friends and relatives, after which, a family burial service was in Maplewood Cemetery. For those unable to participate in the events above, the family offered an additional opportunity for sharing condolences and memories with them on Saturday, November 13, at the Outlaw home in Mount Olive.

It is suggested that memorial gifts be made to the Preschool Department, Woodland United Methodist Church, 2695 Tram Road, Albertson, NC 28508.

This was a Tyndall service.

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