Virginia Beach – Nancy Jennings Arnold, 81, of Virginia Beach passed away peacefully at home on January 11, 2018. Born in Norfolk, she was the daughter of the late Leroy Clark Jennings and Ina Vivian Aker. Nancy was a 1954 graduate of Granby High School and attended the Norfolk Division of William & Mary (now ODU). Over the years, Nancy worked at Sears, Norfolk Redevelopment Authority, FCC, DePaul Hospital, and the Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Nancy was a long-time, active member of Old Donation Episcopal Church. She was a dedicated lector and chalice bearer, Cemetery Committee member, head of the counters for financial contributions, trainer and scheduler for worship ministries, conducted home and hospital communion visits for the sick, and helped in almost every aspect of parish life.
Nancy stayed very active and treasured her family and many friends; always enjoying celebrating their birthdays and other milestones. She was a warm, generous, gracious hostess, and excellent cook. It was very important to her to reach out to those who were ill through thoughtfully written cards, food, flowers, and visits.
Nancy is survived by her sons; Charles “Trey” L. Smith, III, wife Amy, sons Carson and Alec; Brook J. Smith, wife Martha, daughter Sarah and son Daniel; Collin B. Smith, wife Marla, son Nathan and daughter Rachel. She is also survived by her former sister-in-law Gloria Potter, niece Page Roest, and numerous other nieces, nephews, and stepchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband Joseph David Arnold, III, her brother Richard Vernon Jennings, and her first husband and father of her sons Charles Lambert Smith, Jr.
A thanksgiving to God for the life and ministry of Nancy Arnold will take place Saturday, January 19th at 1:00 pm at the Old Donation Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Old Donation Church Building Fund, 4449 N Witchduck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455.