Huston Forest Jenkins, son of the late Isaac and Sarah (Evans) Jenkins, was born on April 3, 1924 in Bennett Spring, Missouri and passed away on August 11, 2014 at 12:40 p.m. at his home in Tunas, Missouri. At the time of his passing he was 90 years, 4 months, and 8 days of age.
Huston was reared and did his schooling in the Bennett Spring area. After he finished his schooling he returned to work on the family farm until being drafted into the US Army to fight in WWII. After being discharged, he married Patty Smith on August 14, 1946 and to this union 3 children were born, who all survive him. Huston later moved to Kansas City, Kansas and worked at the Colgate and Palmolive factory. After 14 years they moved back to Dallas County to once again have a farm where he “milked cows and kissed horses.” He sold Fox Trotters throughout the nation and was a member of the Missouri Fox Trotters Association. He was also a member of the New Hope Baptist Church where he was a Deacon. He loved reading westerns, and in his younger years he enjoyed coon hunting, elk hunting, and fishing.
Huston was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Patty; four sisters, Pauline, Luvina, Ennone, and Myrtle; five brothers, Elvin, Ethan, Barse, Donald and Elmer; and one great-grandson, Christian Helm. He is survived by his son, Larry Jenkins; his two daughters, Wanda Jenkins and Nancy Jenkins-Braham; one brother, Cecil Jenkins; three sisters, Bernice Moore, Annie Cheek and Emma Frantz; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind many friends, family, nieces and nephews that will all truly miss him.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Prater officiating. Escorts will be Ronnie Blecher, Henry Glass, Daryl Mabary, Billy Ankrom, Chester Hill, and Eugene Phillips. Interment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at New Hope Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and left with the funeral home.