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Obituaries

January 23, 2013

George Douglas Jenkins

1928 - 2013

"Come unto me, all of you that labor and are heavy laden.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls -- for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”   Matthew 11:28-30

George Douglas Jenkins passed peacefully and was embraced by his Heavenly Father and Savior on January 20, 2013, after a lengthy illness in Irving, Texas.

George was born on August 3, 1928 in Greenville, Texas, the youngest son of Clyde Wylie Jenkins and Mary Boyce Jenkins of Caddo Mills, Texas, and the brother of James Clyde Jenkins and Josie Luise Jenkins White.  Relocating to Oklahoma as a boy, George graduated from Muskogee High School in 1947, where he played football, was a Muskogee "Rougher," and met the love of his life and eternal companion, Clover Rae Switzer. They were married in September 1947, and joyfully celebrated 50 years of their married life and love for each other in 1997, enjoying their retirement together for six more years.

George graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1966 after 11 years of night school, while working full-time and providing for his wife and his three sons, who, through their parents' example and with their guidance, themselves each obtained college educations. George was a long-time employee of Oklahoma Natural Gas Company, starting as a meter reader in Muskogee in 1947, eventually working in the Tax Department in Tulsa, ultimately as one of the only two CPAs at ONG at the time, served later as ONG Director of Planning, and retired with distinction in 1986 as Chief Auditor for ONEOK, Inc.  With a patriotic belief in the free enterprise system and a love for young people, he taught business skills to junior high students through the Tulsa Junior Achievement Program.

A man of deep humility and abiding faith, George taught Sunday School and served during the 1970s as a deacon and Church Treasurer at Memorial Baptist Church in Tulsa. He and Clover Rae later transferred their letter to Woodland Acres Baptist Church, where they enjoyed Sunday School and regular fellowship and worship.

George welcomed each day earnestly and with excitement, and was never happier than when surrounded by and cooking for his family.  To everyone who knew him, George was a quiet and modest but profound exemplar of devotion and fidelity, firmness tempered by patience and humor, and the necessity of compassion, charity, and love. His life was a constant witness to others of the peace, strength, and promise of eternal life found in surrender to and faith in Jesus Christ.

George was preceded in death by his beloved wife Clover Rae and his eldest son Dr. G. Douglas Jenkins, Jr. George is survived by his daughter-in-law Dr. Nina Gupta, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, his son David Earl Jenkins, Esq., of Houston, Texas, his son Gary Wayne Jenkins and daughter-in-law Julia Marie Jenkins, of Coppell, Texas, and his grandchildren Bonnie Beth Jenkins, Aaron Scott Jenkins, and Samir Vishakh Jenkins.

He will be missed by a host of loving cousins, friends, former colleagues, and caregivers.

Viewing will be from 12 noon to 9:00 p.m. Thursday January 24, 2013 and Family Visitation will be Thursday,  from 6 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Floral Haven Funeral Home, 6500 South 129th East Avenue, Broken Arrow, with services celebrating George's life on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Floral Haven Chapel.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, remembrances be made to the American Heart Association, or the Leukemia Research Foundation, or the Alzheimer's Foundation

 

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