Dale Gordon Jenkins, 92, died on Sunday, July 15, 2018.
A private family graveside service is pending. Dr. Howard Batson, pastor of First Baptist Church, will officiate. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Dale was born on October 21, 1925 in McGehee, Arkansas in the bedroom of his parents, Anna Jenkins and Guy Jenkins. He weighed 10 ½ pounds! He had an older brother, Radford Jenkins, who was ten years his senior, but who was his best friend. His family moved to Little Rock, Arkansas in 1938, where he graduated from Little Rock High School. He was sixteen when the U.S. became involved in World War II. He was able to get into the V12 program and served in the Navy while attending Purdue University. He graduated with an aeronautical engineering degree at the age of 20. The war was over, but he continued in the Reserves.
After college, he moved to Oklahoma City to go into business with Radford. He met several girls to date, but was looking for a “Betty”. Well, he met Betty Weaver in 1946 through church and started dating her in 1947. He was hired at IBM in March, 1948, as they were needing engineers. He married Betty in June 1949, and they were married until her death in August 2016. They were married for 67 years.
Dale was a manager for IBM in Amarillo from 1967 until 1987, when he retired. He was a fifty-year member of First Baptist Church in Amarillo, where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years. He always had a strong love of God, family, church, music, and all kinds of sports, especially golf! Dale was deeply loved and respected by his wife and family.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, brother, wife, and sons Timothy and Daniel.
He is survived by a son, Greg Jenkins and wife Ann of Amarillo; daughter Sherri Allen and husband Gregg Allen of Dallas; daughter-in-law Dena Jenkins, wife of son Daniel, of Amarillo; 10 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. Another two great-grandchildren are on the way later this year, whom he had hoped dearly to meet.
Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church Music Ministry, 1201 S. Tyler, Amarillo, TX.
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