H.R. No. 22
         WHEREAS, The passing of admired civic leader Devoyd Jennings
  of Fort Worth on July 24, 2021, at the age of 73, brought a great
  loss to his family and friends; and
         WHEREAS, Born in Los Angeles, California, on September 10,
  1947, "Dee" Jennings was the son of William and Margaret Jennings;
  he grew up in Fort Worth and attended I. M. Terrell High School and
  Tarrant County Community College before completing his bachelor's
  degree in marketing at Texas Wesleyan University; in 1973, he began
  working for Texas Electric as a consumer specialist, and during his
  noteworthy 27-year career with the company, he became its first
  African American lobbyist; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Jennings was involved in many business and
  civic organizations and served as president and CEO of the Fort
  Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce; he was instrumental
  in its establishment of two leadership programs, Paths Forward
  and BRIDGE; in addition, he helped create two standalone
  organizations that directly benefit minority development, the
  William Mann Jr. Community Development Corporation and Southeast
  Fort Worth Incorporated; he further served as chair of the North
  Texas Tollway Authority's Business Diversity Advisory Committee
  and worked tirelessly with public officials and others to advance
  minority- and women-owned businesses; deeply committed to
  education, he was a member of the board of Texas Wesleyan University
  for nearly two decades; he successfully championed the refurbishing
  of his old elementary school, G. W. Carver, and the reopening of
  I. M. Terrell as a STEM and performing arts academy; moreover, he
  was an active alumnus of the I. M. Terrell Class of 1966; the
  recipient of numerous accolades, he was honored by the City of Fort
  Worth in 1992 and 2005 with proclamations of Devoyd Jennings Day; he
  was also recognized three times by the Fort Worth Business Press,
  most recently with a 2017 Minority Leaders in Business Award; and
         WHEREAS, Devoted to his family, Mr. Jennings shared a
  fulfilling 41-year marriage with his wife, Gwen; he took great
  pride in his 5 children, Charles, Robert, Demeka, Carla, and
  Sharla, as well as his 11 grandchildren, Gerome, Jasmine, Jordan,
  Isis, Kyzier, Zion, Anthony, Dominique, Lala, Jared, and Yancy, and
  his great-granddaughter, Princess; in his free time, he enjoyed
  listening to jazz and playing basketball; and
         WHEREAS, Dee Jennings gave freely of his time and expertise
  to better his community, and his record of service will be a lasting
  source of inspiration to all who were privileged to know him; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 87th Texas
  Legislature, 3rd Called Session, hereby pay tribute to the life of
  Devoyd Jennings and extend sincere condolences to his loved ones;
  and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Dee
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 22 was unanimously adopted by a rising
  vote of the House on September 30, 2021.
  Chief Clerk of the House