George Jenkins


June 27, 2012 - 12:00 AM

George Barker Jenkins Jr., 79, rural Blue Mound, 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. He served with the U.S. Navy from July 1954 to February 1957 in Texas.  

He worked as a machinist for the railroad and later for TWA Airlines, then as a lineman for Kansas City Power and Light until he retired in 1992. The Jenkinses moved to a farm west of Mapleton in 1972 where they raised cattle and enjoyed rural life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of Mapleton Community of Christ Church and was an ordained priest of the church. 

He is survived by his wife, Sylva; two sons, Ronald Jenkins and wife Pam, Iola, and Sylla Jenkins; four grandchildren, Jodi Jenkins and Joe Romero, Las Vegas, Nev., Jared Jenkins and Summer Lowry, Humboldt, Jonna Boren and husband Cory, Iola, and Tyler Jenkins of the home; nine great-grandchildren, Mariah, Prestyn, Nahla, Trapper, Ruger, Cora, Hunter, Bradley and Laken; 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. 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 at Mapleton Community of Christ Church. Burial will follow in the Mapleton Cemetery, with military honors by the Olson Frary Burk-hart Post No. 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Cheney Witt Chapel, Fort Scott. Memorials may be left at Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701 for Community of Christ Church or Harry Hynes Hospice. Condolences for the family may be left online at   


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