Jackie Taylor Jenkins

Jackie Taylor Jenkins, 70, of Bryan, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2012 at his residence. The family will receive guests during a visitation from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, January 16, 2012 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan. Funeral Services celebrating his life will begin at 1 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in College Station with Pastor Bruce Wood officiating. Interment will follow at the Bryan City Cemetery.
Jackie was the first child born to Luther and Geneva Jenkins on August 29, 1941 in Stamford, Texas. The rest of his life was spent trying to be first in every aspect of his life. He was an all-state linebacker at Albany High School and continued his football career at Howard Payne University until a knee injury ended his career. While at Albany High School he met and married his first wife, Jackie (yes same name). They had three children and later divorced.
He worked several different jobs while attending high school to help support his family and take care of his four younger siblings because of the ill health of his mother. He still made time for fun and some of his hijinks were legendary among his classmates, who were still his first best friends.
He helped with farming on his Grandfather’s place, worked in a gas station, then proceeded to work in the oilfields. He went to work for the Texas State Highway Department where he was the youngest supervisor of many counties at the age of 24. He, his sons and his brother, Ronnie, worked together in various plumbing and construction jobs. Whatever Ronnie could dream up, Jack and Ronnie could accomplish. He was a Master Plumber.
He went back to school and started into the airline business in later years. He started with Braniff until they went bankrupt, then he went to American Airlines. He rose to management level in many different sections of the airlines and was a troubleshooter for struggling airports. He was also on the American Airlines Care Team and was on the first plane that left the ground immediately after 9/11. He was in New York for 6 weeks helping families of victims. He was a supervisor in the engine maintenance department when he retired in 2008. He was highly respected as a tough, fair manager.
During all of his life his passion was golf and he has many golfing friends from all different sections of his life. He was a member of Pecan Lakes Golf Club in Navasota. He was also most proud to be a member of Aldersgate Methodist Church but also attended Central Baptist Church Sunday School classes.
He had lived in Bryan several different times starting in 1989. He moved back to Bryan when he retired and married Norma Hickman-Jenkins on July 12, 2008. They had an amazing 3-1/2 years together. He lived for his family and his God. He was extremely close to all three of his children and would do anything to embarrass them on outings – which were many! He was a most caring and loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, husband and friend. He was a caretaker and took care of all of us and spoiled us. He was such a funny, witty man. Our lives will me much dimmer without the light of his humor and love.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Ronnie and Raymond Jenkins, and by his parents.
Survivors include his loving wife, Norma Hickman-Jenkins, of Bryan; sons, Lindsey Jenkins, of Bryan, Mitch Jenkins and wife Tammy, of Arlington; daughter, Kristi Liebengood and husband Lonnie, of Bryan; brother, Ray Jenkins; sister, Gay Smith, of Haskell, Texas; grandchildren, Mitch Jenkins, Jr., Lauren Borde, Trena Holder, Leldon Jenkins, Logan Jenkins, Mark Jenkins, Jennifer Liebengood, Jake Liebengood, Lindsey Liebengood; 8 great-grandchildren; step-sons, ColeHickman, Kit Hickman and wife Brenda, Craig Hickman and wife Branda; step-grandchildren, Allen Hickman, J.R. Hickman, Christy Hickman Makohon, Nancy Hickman Commender, Brandy Hickman Walters, Dakota Hickman, Lauren Hickman, Sierra Hickman, Kutter Shelnutt, Brodee Shelnutt; and 8 step-great-grandchildren.
For those who desire, memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice Brazos Valley or Aldersgate United Methodist Church in College Station.

Condolences

  1. I was so very sorry to learn of the death of Jackie. I am so glad that I got to see and visit with him at our Albany High class reunion two years ago. He was such a caring and fun person throughout high school, and he will never be forgotten. My very deepest sympathy goes to his family.

  2. So very sorry for your loss. I know he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and you will all miss him so much. Thinking of you and praying for God to wrap His comforting arms around you…

  3. This is such a sad time for us, we will miss our great friend and the best boss man I ever had. We know he is in a better place with no suffering and endless golf.

  4. Norma, Jack was a sweet, sweet man and I am honored to have known him. Glad we were both able to retire in 2008. He loved you so much and when you guys got married he was the happiest man on earth. He always made me smile when he came into my office with some silly story. My memories of Jack are great. Heaven is a better place now and this world is missing an angel. I will keep you in my thoughts.

  5. I was so sorry to hear about Jack’s passing. I have wondered about him from time to time. I worked with him for a couple of years at the maintenance base and he always made a point of saying hello and exchanging pleasantries. He was well-respected and liked around the base as I know he was by his family and friends. My thoughts go out to Jack’s family. I hope your fond memories of Jack lessen your sorrow and are a comfort to you at this difficult time.

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of great loss.May God grant you the Peace that passes understanding.

  7. So sorry and quite surprised to hear of Jack’s passing. We were co-workers at AA and played golf together on many occasions. What a great man. Always had a smile on his face and was well respected by his co-workers and subordinates alike. May he rest in peace and suffer no more. He will always be straight down the middle of the fairway and playing every hole under par. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack and his family.

  8. May his Soul rest in pefect peace. Jack was great man and very enthusiastic. He had positive out lock on life. Jack is on Transition and he an Angel having fun in Heaven. May Almighty God fortify you during the sad time. Remain strong in the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. God Bless you.

  9. I am so sorry to hear of Jackie’s passing. I got to play Golf with him during one of our, AFW tournaments. We had such a great time that afternoon. I had woked with him, but out on the course he was a different man. We laughed, and talked about evrything. He loved his golf and I enjoyed his company that afternoon very much. such a nice man. May the Good Lord have mercy on his soul. Tee it up Jackie wherever you are.

  10. My thoughts and prayers to the family. Jack was a wonderful co-worker who always had a smile on his face and a positive attitude. He was always a pleasure to be around. May God comfort you during this difficult time. With sincere sympathy.

  11. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Jacks family. Jack was a true inspiration to all of us at AFW. For those who don’t know, Jack was a 4A member for many years and help in many charity events that provided many in the community and also supported our scholarship program by volunteering for many golf tournaments that funded the AFW employee’s children scholarship fund for college. He was loved by many and will be truly missed by all.

  12. First I would like to say what a great man and friend Jack was to me.Jack and I worked together in the shop as supervisors for a number of years.He was a total team player and I dont think I have ever seen a more giving person.I will miss Jack and all the good times we had.God bless his family. John White

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