George Robinson Jenkins

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George Robinson Jenkins was born on August 2, 1951, to Rufus, Sr. and Areline Jenkins in Madison, Mississippi. He was the seventh of twelve children and grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi around a bounty of brothers and sisters. There he learned the values of family, hard work, and perseverance which carried him throughout his life.

He graduated from Clarksdale High School on May 28, 1970. He enlisted in the United States Air Force from February 17, 1971, to January 13, 1975. His domestic tours were at Lackland AFB, Grisson AFB, Whiteman AFB. His foreign tours were at Travis AFB, Thailand and Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1975 At the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-5).

He was married to Barbara (Jackson) Jenkins on September 2, 1971. From their union, they had four children. Miguel Alejandro, Jaimi Nicole, Monika Danielle, and Justin Matthew Jenkins. They were married until May 10, 1988. He was also the proud father of Vernon O’Neal Chatman and Myron McKinney. He’s also a grandfather and great-grandfather.

He enrolled at Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, Missouri in 1975. Where he subsequently gained employment at Chemagro, working there from 1975 to 1983. He worked in the trucking industry after this period at Seaton Van Lines, and for PepsiCo, but landed a job at Ford Motor Company in 1985 that he held until his retirement in 2002.

George was an avid fisher, a black belt in karate(winning several awards), spontaneous road-tripper, gifted gardener, a mean spades player, and boy could he cook!

He was fun-loving, complexly simple, serious, stubborn, and generous. You had to pick through the layers to know the essence of him. He was charitable, always willing to lend a hand and help others. He was a volunteer barber at Niles home for boys, worked with different community outreach programs for senior citizens, and he was a rock not only to his children but to his siblings and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, his beloved wife Barbara, two sons Vernon(Neil), and Justin.

He was a tithing member at St. James United Methodist Church.

This is but a small glimpse into the life of a man who deserved so much but asked for so little. He will be remembered as a giant with a loyal heart and being as fierce as a lion. He will be cherished as a man who loved all of his babies.

George returned to his heavenly home on September 21, 2020. 

Service

Memorial service will be held on October 17, 2020, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, 2200 Olive St., Kansas City Missouri, 64127.

Memorial Contributions

 All condolences and well wishes can be sent to 9443 Goddard St., Overland Park, Kansas, 66214, or to jaimi.jenkins1@gmail.com.

14 Comments

  1. Andre James on October 15, 2020 at 8:21 am

    Well Mr. Jenkins, you said to me many times all things must come to an end. The love and laughter we share will never end. The last time you and I spent together was on Labor Day. We talk about setting on your deck when you got better and you did in the Arms of our Lord. you will be missed.
    “SAVE ME SOME BLACK WALNUT ICE CREAM”
    Love
    Andre James and Family

  2. Derotha Miles (DEE) on October 9, 2020 at 10:44 am

    MY SYMPATHIES AND CONDOLENCES GOES OUT THE FAMILY. GEORGE LIVED A VERY PROSPEROUS LIFE THAT INCLUDED A WHOLE LOT OF LAUGHTER, GOOD TALKS, AND JUST BEING THAT LOVING HUMAN BEING OF A PERSON HE WAS. THIS IS A WONDERFUL PICTURE CHOSEN FOR GEORGE AND TELLS HIS STORY. GEORGE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BECAUSE HIS LOVE FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND HIS GOD WILL LIVE FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS.

    TO THE FAMILY
    GOD COMFORTS US IN ALL OUR TROUBLES SO THAT WE CAN COMFORT OTHERS. WHEN THEY ARE TROUBLED, WE WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE THEM THE SAME COMFORT GOD HAS GIVEN US. 2 CORINTHIANS 1:4 NLT.

    MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES.

    • Jeanetta Johnson on October 10, 2020 at 11:49 am

      My sincere condolences to the George Jenkins family. I meet George in 2000 in West Memphis, Arkansas when I flew from Houston Texas to attend his wedding to my girlfriend Elowese. It was a Beautiful day and I loved the man as well who put a smile on my friends face. George was not a complainer even during his illness. Any time I called the home and he answered he cheerfully and always had a fun filled conversation before he called for Elowese .. He shall be missed My Prayers are with the Family and All who Loved Him.

  3. WYNESTER JAMES, SR on October 8, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    I would also like to extend my deepest condolences to the family.

    The Lord bless,thee, and keep thee:
    The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
    The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
    NUMBERS 6:24-26 (KJV)

    Wynester James, Sr.

  4. WYNESTER JAMES, SR on October 8, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Thank God for the memories. You will be missed by the inner circle. Keep ’em straight when you get there Jenk.

    Wynester James, Sr

  5. Jessie Smith Clayton on October 8, 2020 at 10:48 am

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort and strengthen you in this time. He will be truly missed.
    Classmate of 1970

  6. Joe R Collins on October 8, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Cuz, I will miss your laughter, the jokes and the fun times we spent together! It was a blast when I found out the additional cousins that I knew nothing about. But once we connected, it was NEVER a dull moment() Miss you much kinfolk, your cuz. JRC

  7. Ethola Garrett Irving on October 8, 2020 at 8:30 am

    To the Jenkins family: Please except my deepest sympathy upon the loss of your beloved father, grand-father, and brother. I want you to know how deeply saddened I was to hear of the loss of my dear friend and classmate. George and I grew up in the Roundyard community in Clarksdale and attended W.A. Higgins High School together. George was an all-around great guy, and he will be missed by all that knew him, especially the Class of 1970. To my friend, I say farewell, and may you rest in eternal peace.

    Ethola Irving
    W.A. Higgins High School
    Class of 1970

  8. Anne Cole Harrell on October 6, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    George , I thank God for giving you to me for being my cousin the wonderful person that you were and the talks we used to have going to missed those talks but will not forget them. You are already missed. LOVE YOU DOLL

  9. Sebetha Jenkins-Booker on October 6, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    I have fond, sisterly memories of George. He knew that he was always among my favorite ‘brothers.’ Recently, I had wanted him to visit me, an aged old and unmet promise. But, over the years, we still maintained that love, bond, and respect as my talented brother and his peewee sister… May our loving Lord lift the entire Jenkins Family during this difficult time. May George rest in the arms of Our Lord.

  10. Dawn Davis on October 6, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Mr. Jenkins was a thoughtful, generous, and intelligent man that I had the pleasure to know during his marriage to my mother. My sincerest sympathies to his family and may he rest in eternal peace

  11. Ms. Ophelia Cole Troupe on October 6, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    George was an awesome cousin. He was more like a brother. Our home was so close to the high school he attended so he came by to see us a lot. Our parents taught us to love one number and I am so grateful for that. When we all grew up and got married, started our families and we just kept in touch. I have so many wonderful memories of my cousin George that I will always cherish. I am so pleased in my heart that our parents introduced us to Jesus at an early age. Because of that George had a relationship with God that surpassed his own understanding. Family carry on the legacy. May the peace of God be with his family always. Love you all so much.

  12. Phyllis Washington- niece on October 6, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Uncle George you are truly already missed. For certain I could never forget your bday as it is the same day as my dad. I will miss all the spade tournaments, cheating and all. Thank you for the loving and caring person that you have always been since the year I became a Washington/Jenkins family member in 1988. No more pain and suffering, sleep on Unc.

  13. CARRIE L. JACKSON on October 6, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    VERY GOOD OBITUARY. I NEVER ALL THOSE THINGS ABOUT HIM .I KNEW SOME OF THEM.
    I HAD TO SMILE ABOUT HIS SPONTANEOUS TRIPS. .HE ALWAYS POPPED IN TO SAY HELLO WHEN HE CAME TO CLARKSDALE. . HE TRULY WILL BE MISSED.
    I LOVED. HIM . HE WAS MY FIRST SON IN LAW.. MY “HEART” SON.
    CARRIE L. JACKSON.

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