Memorial services for Frederick Earl Jenkins, 95 will be Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at noon, in First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Rick Baggett officiating. Family services will be held in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Family visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Earl was born January 26, 1917 in Leon, Iowa, Decatur County, to Harry S. and Hattie Mae Jenkins. Earl died September 28, 2012, after 74 years of a great married life to Maurine Arney Jenkins. Earl and Maurine were married September 9, 1937, in Longview, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Maurine Arney Jenkins; two brothers; one sister; and two daughters, Lorelea Jenkins Elliott and Jo Anne Jenkins Dodd.
He is survived by his daughter, Teri Janene Jenkins; five grandchildren, Kimberly Hays and husband, Scott, Derek Elliott and wife, Melanie, James (Duke) Johnston and wife, Beverly, Greg Elliott and wife, Penny, Ronnie Dodd and wife, Angela; sons-in-law, Bobby Dodd and wife, Linda, and Bob Elliott; and nine "GREATS."
Earl began his 42 years of active working years in Gladewater, Texas, as an employee of Solvex Refineries, Inc. Transferred to Grandfield, Oklahoma, in 1939 and then to Ardmore in 1940 to what is now the Valero refinery. After his retirement in 1979, Earl enjoyed working in the catering business and assisting in photographing golf tournaments in southern Oklahoma. He was an elder in the Presbyetrian Church, served on the Board of Trustees, Sunday School Superintendent for a number of years. He was a member of the YMCA and served as board president, and two Grand Marshall's of the Southern Oklahoma Christmas Parade.
The past 25 years were most enjoyable, having been active in the travel industry, organizing and escorting motorcoach tours throughout the United States and Canada for McCulloh Travel and Ruth Young Travel Agencies. Earl was an avid golfer and enjoyed the great game for 50 plus years. He was a member of the Ardmore Kiwanis Club and was awarded a lifetime membership in 2001, and was named Kiwanian of the Year in 1987. Earl was honored with the George F. Hixon award in 1997 and received several distinguished service awards during his 26 plus years for his service work with Kiwanis.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Greg Elliott, Duke Johnston, Derek Elliott, Ronnie Dodd and great-grandsons, Aaron Elliott, and Jordan Elliott. Honorary bearers are Robert Allen, Sr., Scott Chapman, Billy Bean, Greg Piatt, Tim Longest, Don Bostwick, Don Jackson, Fred Chapman, Joe Davidson, Michael McCulloh, and members of the Ardmore Kiwanis Club of Ardmore.
Memorials may be given to the scholarship fund of the Kiwanis Club or a youth organization of choice.
Online condolences may be made at craddockfuneralhome.com.