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In Memory

David Bennett Jenkins

David Bennett Jenkins

May 10, 1951- May 18, 2017

Columbus, GA- David Bennett Jenkins, 66, of Columbus, GA passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017 at his home.
Funeral services will be held 11:30 AM Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Chapel of McMullen Funeral Home and Crematory 3874 Gentian Blvd. Columbus, GA 31907 with Pastor Judy Hay officiating. A private interment will be held at Parkhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday 10:30 to 11:30 AM at the funeral home.
Mr. Jenkins was born May 10, 1951 in Columbus, GA son of Margaret King Jenkins of Columbus, GA and the late B.F. Jenkins. He worked with TIYA Support Services at Ft. Benning but was a "jack-of-all-trades". He had a great sense of humor and loved gardening, the beach, and enjoyed shag dancing with friends.
Survivors other than his mother include his wife, Kay Jenkins, daughter, Jessica Jenkins, brothers, Steve Jenkins Elaine) and John Jenkins (Jeannie) all of Columbus, GA, and his sister-in-law, Linda Paul (Chris) of Savannah, GA, and other extended loving family members.
Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.mcmullenfuneralhome.com.

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08/11/17 06:00 PM #1    

Eddie Fox

 Although I am still saddened by David's death, I feel most fortunate to have grown up so close to him. Some may not recall that he came to CHS from Columbus Junior High in his sophmore year and knew few people with the exception of his brother Steve, Buford Blizzard also from CJHS, and me due to my friendship with Steve. With his personality and wit, it did not take long for him to establish many friendships that lasted a lifetime. Margaret and I have many fond memories of our high school friendship with David...a friendship that only grew and strentghened when he married Kay.

Over our 40+ years in Texas, we have tried to make annual trips "home" to Columbus to see family and spend time with David, Kay, and their lovely daughter Jesse. If we were unable to make a trip, the Jenkins served as another lifeline to those friends and family we left behind. David and Kay took special delight in providing updates on the fun and friendship they enjoyed at various CHS reunions. David stood stedfast that Susan Peavy Brooks looks even more beautiful today!

After watching him battle cancer with determination and dignity, we were most fortunate to be able to spend several days with him, Kay, and Jesse as his condition worsened. These days were supposed to have been a weeks vacation for the Jenkins in Destin, but were surcumvented by a call from his doctor's office informing Kay that recent blood work showed she needed to get David to the emergency NOW.  As a testiment to his outstanding work ethic, Kay had to tell the nurse she could not take him NOW, as he was at work. As equal testiment to his tenacity and positive outlook, as we left to return to Texas, his last words to us were..."I'm going to be alright."

Returning for his service a few weeks later to say goodbye was sad, but uplifting, as the attendence spilled out into seats in the hall of the chapel. Margaret Jenkins, David's mother is 93 years young and surely took much pride in the number of friends and co-workers in attendednce. And, trust me, Mrs Jenkins still remebers every thing David, Steve, oldest brother Johnnie, and me did in our "spare time." I think her longevity and David's deceased dad, B.F.'s, legaecy is thier reward for having to deal with "us boys" shenanigans. 

Yep, I am indeed a lucky man of almost 67 years old to look back on such a loyal, caring, giving, and fun best friend. David cherished Kay, Jesse, his family, friends, and the memories made with all. But, one thing I always admired about David was that he kept memories close, but never became stagnent from the past, as he was always too busy looking ahead to what wonderful and amazing things were coming next. He was my best buddy...my brother... and I miss him dearly.


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