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Johnnie Eugene JenkinsPassing: April 14, 2020


First Baptist Church

Celebration of Life

Sunday, August 23rd @ 2:00 p.m.


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Mitchell Cemetery

MITCHELL– Johnnie Eugene Jenkins, 81, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at Mitchell Manor.

Born December 24, 1938, in Bedford, he was the son of Henry Thomas and Lillie Mae (Box) Jenkins.  He married Jetta Louise Williams July 8, 1961.

John retired from Lehigh Cement Plant.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church and had served as Sunday school superintendent, deacon, and choir member.   John enjoyed singing, golfing, and was a sanctioned umpire.  He was a U. S. Army veteran.

Jetta Jenkins of Mitchell
Brian Scott (Amy) Jenkins of Mitchell
Megan Gunnells
Alyssa Cogwell
Sarah Jenkins
Daniel Jenkins
great grandchildren,
Brayden Cogwell, Braxton Cogwell, Carson Cogwell, Emerson Blackwell, Benson Blackwell, and Zahra Gunnells
Joe (Mae) Jenkins of Bedford
Zella Rose of Los Angeles, California
several nieces and nephews

His father; mother, Lillie Mae Graham; and siblings, twin sister, Janet Eagan; Helen Cazee, Arthur Jenkins, Hubert Jenkins, Billy Dean Jenkins, Perry Jenkins, Alice Stearns, Leatha McCormick, and Ethel Allen,  preceded him in death.

Interment was Thursday, April 16, at Mitchell Cemetery.  A Celebration of Life will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 23, at the First Baptist Church with Reverend Reggie Clark officiating. Military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

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  1. Guest: Mark and Kelly Stevens | Cooksville, IL
    Date: April 19, 2020
    Sorry for your loss Jetta, Scott and family. A lot of great memories of John at the biddy league field by the legion, basketball and softball games at MHS, and Persimmon festival scrambles at Cedar Valley golf course. Prayers going out to you all.
  2. Guest: Bobby Brown | Venice Florida
    Date: April 19, 2020
    I’m sorry for your loss Scotty.
  3. Guest: Jerry & Judy Stevens | Mitchell, IN
    Date: April 18, 2020
    Jetta & Scott and family - May the Good Lord hold you in his hands at this sad time. John was always a joy at the golf course.. Thinking of you all..
  4. Guest: Jerry W. Allen | Mitchell
    Date: April 17, 2020
    Jet, words are hard to find at times like these, but please know that you are loved, and are being lifted up in prayers. John can say like Paul, "I have fought a good fight, and have kept the faith, and now there is a crown laid up for me in heaven." John is in the hands of a just God, and will one day receive that crown. God bless.
  5. Guest: Brent Terry | Bedford, IN
    Date: April 17, 2020
    I'm sorry for your loss. Hw was a great guy.
  6. Guest: Karen Ducker | Pacific Grove
    Date: April 17, 2020
    So many wonderful memories. Prayers for you Jetta and your family.
  7. Guest: Chuck Cooper | MITCHELL
    Date: April 16, 2020
    Hard to believe John is gone. We worked side by side for many years at Lehigh. Many wonderful memories. Jetta and family....rest assured John is standing by our wonderful savior JESUS CHRIST. He has completed his wonderful journey. Prayers for the Jenkins family.
  8. Guest: Dena Fortner | Bloomington, IN 47401
    Date: April 16, 2020
    Jetta, I’m so sorry to hear about John. I know how much you will miss him, and I worry about your being alone. My memories predate John, but for about 60 years it’s been Jetta & John. What a love story! I love you. Please take care of yourself...
  9. Guest: Cheryl (Tolbert) Burja | Ocala, Florida
    Date: April 16, 2020
    Jetta, I’m so sorry to hear about John’s death. I have a lot of fond memories of both of you and my best friend, Judy, when we were all neighbors. Take care, Cheryl
  10. Guest: Angie Mercer | Indianapolis, Indiana 46205
    Date: April 16, 2020
    I have so many memories of John and Jetta from The First Baptist Church. Always in love and such good people. I am sorry for this to happen.
  11. Guest: Donna Clifton Villarreal | Mitchell
    Date: April 16, 2020
    Jetta and Family, My thoughts and Prayers are with you.
  12. Guest: Ruthanne and Danny Blackwell | Bedford
    Date: April 16, 2020
    Jetta; we are so sorry for your loss. You and Scott (family) are in our prayers during this difficult time. John was a good man.
  13. Guest: Debbie ( Fortner) Clock | Mitchell, IN
    Date: April 16, 2020
    Scott and Amy & Family, Jim and I were so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim & Debbie Clock
  14. Guest: Shirley Green | Mitchell Indiana
    Date: April 16, 2020
    Family is in my prayers
  15. Guest: Jim and Lydia Russell | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: April 16, 2020
    Jetta, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Johnnie was a blessing and an encourager.
  16. Guest: Rebekah Smith | Campbellsburg Indiana
    Date: April 16, 2020
    John was a real sweet man. I always enjoyed working at J Rock golf course where him and Jetta were always golfing. Rest in heaven and so sorry for your loss Jetta. Praying for u and your family
  17. Guest: Delbert Wray | Salem
    Date: April 16, 2020
    Growing up across the road from John and Jetta, they were like another set of parents to us boys. Great man, great family. John will be greatly missed.. Our prayers are with you all.
  18. Guest: Susan Chastain kay | Blaine, tn
    Date: April 16, 2020
    John was such a sweet man. Jetta we love you. So very sorry for your loss.
  19. Guest: Ryan Roberts | Bedford In
    Date: April 16, 2020
    Great guy. Lots of fond memories playing for him and dad
  20. Guest: Julie Conley | Bedford Indiana
    Date: April 16, 2020
    Love you Uncle John. Give a big hug to my grandma for me.
  21. Guest: Janet and Charlie | Mitchell
    Date: April 16, 2020
    Jetta, We are so sorry for the loss of John. You both have been in our prayers and we will continue to keep you in our prayers through this tough time.
  22. Guest: Dez Burton | Mitchell IN
    Date: April 16, 2020
    John, you are a precious memory of my growing up at First Baptist Church. You & Jetta & your family have always had a very special place in my heart. There are so many hymns that were sung in that sanctuary, where I can still close my eyes & hear you & see your sweet smile. I pray for comfort for Jetta & a sense of peace that you are no longer in pain, but made new as you greeted Jesus. Anyone who knew you, knew that was your ultimate goal. My heart breaks for Scott & Amy, the kids, & all who knew & loved you. You're forever etched in our hearts...and I'm so thankful you were part of the "team" that led me to Jesus. Rest in the Sweetest Peace. With much love from the Burton family. <3
  23. Guest: Pat Rasnic | Indianapolis, IN
    Date: April 16, 2020
    John was always a great guy! Prayers for Jetta and her family!
  24. Guest: Cynthia J Mullis | Mitchell
    Date: April 16, 2020
    Jetta, God bless you and give you comfort. Bill and Cindy Mullis
  25. Guest: Kristy Brewer Evans | Mitchell, IN
    Date: April 15, 2020
    John was a great guy. His family is in my thoughts and prayers
  26. Guest: Ron & Nancy Chase | Seymour, In
    Date: April 15, 2020
    Sorry to hear about John. My mind goes back 60yrs when John and I worked at filling station and than to Army together John was a Good Man, sorry to hear about him. He Will be missed
  27. Guest: Keely Thomas | Grove City, OH
    Date: April 15, 2020
    My heart is truly broken in the passing of John. Jetta and Scott I am so sorry for your loss, but I know John is now singing in the Choir in Heaven. He will always be my favorite Umpire! Love you all!
  28. Guest: James & Sharon Nash | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: April 15, 2020
    Jetta and Family: Our prayers and sympathy for your family in the loss of John. James and Sharon Nash
  29. Guest: Mike Fields | Orleans, Indiana
    Date: April 15, 2020
    Prayers for your family, Jetta. He was a good man
  30. Guest: Beth Chastain Pattison and Mike Pattison | New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
    Date: April 15, 2020
    I have known Jetta and John my whole life, and I am honored to have been their flower girl so many years ago. I still have the dress my Mom made for their special day. I have so many happy memories of them, Scott, Amy, and the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Our sincere condolences to them and other Mitchell relatives (Mark and Marci) and friends, and many thanks to those who have been supportive of Jetta and family during this difficult time.
  31. Guest: Lori Gorman | Bedford Indiana
    Date: April 15, 2020
    John will be greatly missed, he was a wonderful man and a great uncle. Love and prayers go out to you.
  32. Guest: John and Helen Hardman | Bloomington, Indiana
    Date: April 15, 2020
    Jetta and Scott, So sorry for your loss. I worked with John at Lehigh for many years and knew him for years before that. Always respected the man he was!
  33. Guest: Paula Williams | Fairfield Township Ohio
    Date: April 15, 2020
    John was a great guy. He was always happy, hardworking, and loving. I didn’t see him that often since I live in Ohio and can’t drive; but any time I was in Mitchell I always tried to see John and Jetta. Scott, you had a wonderful dad Be strong knowing John is in heaven Love you all Paula
  34. Guest: Kenny and Judy Tanksley | Mitchell. IN
    Date: April 15, 2020
    Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family
  35. Guest: Mike and Rita Ramey | Bloomington, IN
    Date: April 15, 2020
    Jetta, so sorry, but we know John n dad are up there rehashing Lehigh and golf. You are in our prayers, Mike and Rita
  36. Guest: Larry and Connie Smith | Mitchell, IN
    Date: April 15, 2020
    Jetta and family, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
  37. Guest: Pam Canada | Ooliic
    Date: April 15, 2020
    Jetta, Scott, and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our hearts and prayers. Please know that we are thinking about you. Pam, Rick, and Vanessa
  38. Guest: Rick Canada | Oolitic
    Date: April 15, 2020
    Jetta,Scott & Family, I am Truly sorry for your loss. I will be saying a special Prayer for all of you. Stay Strong, Rick
  39. Guest: James F Bruce Jr | Palatka, Florida
    Date: April 15, 2020
    Prayers going out to GAunt Jetta and Family members. So sorry to hear about GUncle John, he was a good man and loved by many. May God Bless him and his loved ones left behind.
  40. Guest: Myron Rainey | Bedford, IN
    Date: April 15, 2020
    Always enjoyed working and simply being around this fine man. Prayers to the family!