George Robinson Jenkins
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.
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.
All condolences and well wishes can be sent to 9443 Goddard St., Overland Park, Kansas, 66214, or to email@example.com.