Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Jenningses in:
 • City of Mesa Cemetery
 • Mesa
 • Maricopa County
 • Arizona
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Waylon Arnold Jennings
Birth: Jun. 15, 1937
Littlefield
Lamb County
Texas, USA
Death: Feb. 13, 2002
Chandler
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

Country Western Singer. Famed for such hits as "I'm a Ramblin' Man" and "Good Hearted Woman", he recorded over 60 albums, and had sixteen Number 1 country singles. Born in Littlefield, Texas, he started his music career at age 12. By 1959 he was playing bass in the back up band for singer Buddy Holly. In early February 1959 he gave up his seat to singer J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson on the plane that carried Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Richardson to their deaths, taking a bus instead. In the 1970s, he teamed up with country singer Willie Nelson on the songs "Mammas Don't Let your Babies grow up to be Cowboys," "Luckenbach," and "Good Hearted Woman." Many of his early songs had a restless spirit that was used later by Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels, and others. His resonant voice was used to narrate the television Show "The Dukes of Hazzard," and he sang the theme show's theme song. He traditionally wore a black cowboy hat and black attire which accented his dark beard and mustache. In his later years, he wore short hair and a trimmed goatee. He won two Grammy awards and four Country Music Association Awards, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October 2001. In his later years, his health caused him problems, and doctors wanted to amputate his left foot due to problems with his diabetes, however he refused to allow, and this lead ultimately to his death. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William Albert Jennings (1915 - 1968)
  Lorene Beatrice Shipley Jennings (1920 - 2006)

Cause of death: Diabetes and related complications
 
Burial:
City of Mesa Cemetery
Mesa
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Feb 13, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6179360
Waylon Arnold Jennings
Added by: Jerry Jingles
 
Waylon Arnold Jennings
Added by: Michelle (Porteous) Price
 
Waylon Arnold Jennings
Added by: Michelle (Porteous) Price
 
There are 4 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

Hello sweet music man. Just wanted to tell you that I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU.
- Rebecca Bennett
 Added: Aug. 20, 2014

- Rudi Polt
 Added: Aug. 20, 2014
God bless you and thank you for the entertainment. Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Aug. 18, 2014
There are 3,063 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.8 after 674 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service