Carl Jennings II-4-13-2024

Welcome to the
memorial page for 

Carl F. Jennings II

May 2, 1947
~March 31, 2024



MEMORIAL SERVICE- Saturday 4-13-2024
Second Baptist Church
93 Liberty St.
Long Branch, NJ 07740
11:00 AM

Family & Friends may gather @ 10:30 AM

Carl F. Jennings II, 76, was born on May 2, 1947 to Gloria L. Elmore and Carl F. Jennings Sr. Although he moved to other areas within New Jersey throughout his life, he peacefully gained his wings on March 31, 2024 in his beloved city of Long Branch.

Since his early childhood, Carl was a natural leader, showing excellent leadership qualities and always surrounded by friends. Carl graduated from Long Branch High School in 1966 where he was an All-State Track and Field star. He also was an Offensive End and Wide Receiver for his HS football team. While in LBHS, Carl was enrolled in the Technical Drafting program, a member of the “Mad Lads” singing group, and a part of the Monmouth County Cotillion. Carl attended Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Carl was well known as a problem-solver who often took on difficult and unwanted projects at work and at home. In 1994, Carl began working for The City of Long Branch where he became The Director of Recreation and Human Services.

Carl had many accomplishments during his tenure with the City of Long Branch and was a significant contributor to the community which gave him a great source of pride. He provided job opportunities and mentorship to the youth of Long Branch. Some of his contributions included volunteering at the senior center assisting with various activities, for example, distributing coats, Turkeys and organizing yearly holiday toy drives. He was also integral in the revitalization of the various Beachfront initiatives that have made Long Branch beach what it is today!

Carl was a man of God. He earned the respect of many, who considered him a great friend, as he was well respected for his humble nature. After his retirement in 2022, he continued to be active with the youth and citizens of Long Branch. This was truly his calling.

Carl was a family man who loved to travel the world with his family and most importantly with Mimi. Carl always made time to spend with his granddaughters that he adored. He was always the go to man of the family. If there ever was a problem, everyone knew Carl could solve it. In remembrance of his mother Gloria, each year he would celebrate her birthday by hosting a Cookout/Party that brought family and friends from all over the country together.

Although Carl was a huge Kansas City Chiefs Football fan, his true love was Track and Field. He attended the Penn Relays annually for over 30 plus years. The Penns were truly one of the highlights of the year as family and friends joined him and enjoyed the event.

One of Carl's personal most impactful accomplishments was the annual “Get on the Bus” College Tour (1998-2019), where he encouraged high school students to apply and enroll in Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Carl often reminded students who participated in the College Tour that “Staying active physically and mentally was the key to a good life.”

To be young, gifted, and Black, Oh what a lovely, precious dream
To be young, gifted, and Black, Open your heart to what I mean

In the whole world, you know, there’s a million boys and girls
Who are young, gifted, and Black
And that’s a fact!
Nina Simone

Carl was a man of substance. He modeled integrity, compassion, and humility. — those characteristics earned him the name “Mr. Long Branch.” For all his hard work, Carl received numerous awards, accolades, and recognition for community excellence. Some of these awards include the United States Congress Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, the State of New Jersey General Assembly Citation, the County Monmouth Board of Chosen Freeholder, the Brookdale Community College “Wilbur Ray Award” Government Services Award, Business Award from the Golden Link Chapter #24 of the Eastern Stars and a host of other awards.

Additionally, Carl was a member of Second Baptist Church of Long Branch, was a member of the NAACP, a Long Branch Housing Authority Commissioner, a Charter Member of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and many other organizations too numerous to mention. For being such a great cultural advocate for the community and athletes, we say, “Job Well Done, Carl!”

The Long Branch community lost a pillar, leader, mentor, father, and a true legend. When you hear or see the name “Long Branch”, his name quickly comes to mind a household name in his hometown.

Although Carl will be truly missed, his legacy will live on in our hearts and minds. His impact on the City of Long Branch and all who loved him will forever remain.

Carl is predeceased by his mother Gloria; his father Carl Sr.; his sister Miriam; and his sons Carl Ross-Jennings and Faruq Muhammad.

Carl is survived by his loving wife Mimi Gatling; his stepdaughter Taylor Gatling; his granddaughters Shakera Ross-Jennings, Rayhannah and Ruqiyyah Muhammad; great-grandsons Ahjier and Asahd Washington; Godson Dion Lewis; life-long friends Harold Brown and Tim Cox and many of friends and family.


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6 thoughts on “Carl Jennings II-4-13-2024


    You will be missed my friend💝

    Belkis, Tiffany & Alexis

  2. Archie Greenwood says:

    We have known Carl for “MANY” years. He has been both a FRIEND and BROTHER. Most important , he met all the qualities of a “Good Man”.
    Carl was trustworthy , confident but humble , good listener , reliable ,
    not afraid to have fun and kind.
    Archie , Tourya , Veleda

  3. Theresa Licata McConnell says:

    Very sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. He was such an integral part of the RLMS we held in long Branch over the span of 15 years. We could not have had the success we did without him and, as busy as he was, he always had the time for a quick chat. His positive attitude and wonderful smile will be missed dearly. RIP Carl. From the Licata family to yours, it’s been an honor.

  4. Patricia Gooding says:

    Rest in Power My Friend!! I will miss your smile and sense of humor! Your Spirit will live on! Praying for your Family.🙏🏽🙏🏽

  5. LaRonda Brown says:

    RIP Pop such a great man. Thanks for all you did with the youth. You will surely be missed.

  6. Kerry L. Fisher says:

    Big brother may you rest in paradise, we clicked from the first day we met and you’ve always was a positive voice of reason even when I was on my crazy stuff. As we we last spoke and totally agreed that ” We had a hellava ride and it was a pleasure “. Love you my brother until we meet again, God bless.

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