Sunday, July 29, 2012

Rev. B. F. Jenkins - Obit

Obit from "The Ohio County News" - Friday, May 13, 1932:

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Rev. B. F. Jenkins Had Baptized 7,500 in 55 Years as Pastor

    Funeral services for Rev. Benjamin Fulton Jenkins were conducted at the Third Street Baptist church in Owensboro, Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, and included brief talks by Rev. C. G. Cagle, Rev. Norris Lashbrook, Rev. J. J. Willet, Rev. Sam Coakley, Dr. O. C. Robertson and others.  Interment was in        Elmwood cemetery beside his last wife.  His death occurred in Springfield, Missouri, Thursday, May 5.  His age was 90 years, 2 months and 13 days.

    Rev. Jenkins was born March 22, 1843 in Meade county and moved to Cromwell at the age of 12 years.  When the call came in 1861 he enlisted in Co. K 17th Kentucky Infantry serving his country as a soldier 3 years, 3 months and 17 days and engaging in some of the fiercest conflicts of the war between the states.    Just after the war he was ordained as a Baptist minister and remained active until the age of 78, serving as pastor of 44 churches within a period of 55 years.  He assisted in 294 revivals and baptized 7,500 converts.  He ordained 44 young men into the ministry, 26 of them having been immersed by him.  Much of this service was in Ohio county, where he is remembered by most of the older citizens.

    In 1867 he was married to Elizabeth I. Arnold, whose death occurred October 17, 1882.  Six children were born to this union.  Sue, John, Altha, Laura, Frank and Smith.  Only the two last named survive.  Frank resides at Memphis, Tennessee and Smith at Springfield, Missouri.   On December 24, 1884, he was married to Nancy Emmaline Miller, who also preceded her husband to the grave.  Four children were born to this marriage.  All died in infancy except Joe C. Jenkins, who resides in Gainesville, Florida.

    Thanks to Janice Brown for this information.

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