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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

George Barker Jenkins Jr., 79, a resident of rural Blue Mound, Kan., died Sunday, June 24, 2012, at his home.

He was born Aug. 24, 1932, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of George Barker Jenkins Sr. and Nancy Fern Boring Jenkins. He married Sylva Hawkins on Sept. 26, 1952, in Kansas City, Kan.

George had served with the U.S. Navy from July of 1954 to February of 1957 where he was stationed in Texas.

He worked as a machinist for the railroad and later for TWA Airlines. He later worked as a lineman for Kansas City Power and Light until his retirement in 1992.

Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins moved from Kansas City to the farm west of Mapleton, Kan., in 1972 where they raised cattle and enjoyed the rural life.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

George was a member of the Mapleton Community of Christ Church and was an ordained priest of the church.

Survivors include his wife Sylva, of the home; two sons, Ronald Jenkins and wife Pam, Iola, Kan., and Sylla Jenkins of the home; four grandchildren, Jodi Jenkins and Joe Romero, Las Vegas, Nev., Jared Jenkins and Summer Lowry, Humboldt, Kan., Jonna Boren and husband Cory, Iola, and Tyler Jenkins, of the home; and nine great-grandchildren, Mariah, Prestyn, Nahla, Trapper, Ruger, Cora, Hunter, Bradley and Laken.

Also surviving are three brothers, Hulen Jenkins and wife Pat, Lee's Summit, Mo., Burly Jenkins and wife Marcia, Springfield, Mo., and Richard Jenkins and wife Carol, Olathe, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Elder Richard Long assisted by Elder Darryl Bair will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, at the Mapleton Community of Christ Church. Burial will follow in the Mapleton Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Cheney Witt Chapel in Fort Scott.

Memorials are suggested to the Mapleton Community of Christ Church or to Harry Hynes Hospice and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.