Archie Lee Jenkins, 84, long time resident of Olney, lost his battle with Mesothelioma and passed quietly with family at his side on Monday evening June 24, 2013, at the Hospice House in Wichita Falls, Texas. Archie was born to Archie Jimmie and Mary Eron Jenkins on March 4, 1929, in Weinert Texas. He was from a large family, having four older sisters, four younger sisters and one younger brother. His life was an adventure from his young years until his semi-retirement in Olney, Texas.
Archie served in the U.S. Army in Occupational Forces in the Philippines from 1946-1948. Following his discharge he returned to Texas where he married the love of his life, Zuleka Jerene Goodwin, on Oct. 2, 1948. Their union produced four beautiful daughters, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Archie never met a stranger and maintained his friendship with people from his travels through the western regions of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and the Pacific Northwest. He returned to Texas in 1965 and continued his welding career. He was a Master Mason for 60 years and received his lifetime award in 2007.
Those that knew Archie knew him as always a gentleman in every sense of the word. He cared about people and was quick to offer help. His working knowledge of mathematics and his analytical ability always impressed those he came to know. People knew Archie was a welder, but those that worked with him knew he was more, he was an artist that took pride in his work and loved a job well done.
He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He formed many friendships that extended far and wide from his numerous hunting and fishing trips around the various parts of the western U.S.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64.5 years, Zuleka; his daughters, Brenda and husband Carroll Hedrick, Nanci and husband Bill Jones, Karen Jenkins and Sharon and husband Jack Flukinger; grandchildren Daniel and Alethea Hedrick, Kelly Hall and Steven and Christina Kassa; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters Ann Daniels and Mary Stroble and brother Charles Jenkins, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters, many aunts and uncles and numerous great friends he made throughout his life.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff and volunteers at Hospice of Wichita Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Archie’s name to Hospice of Wichita Falls, P. O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, TX. 76310.
Visitation with the family will be from 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Saturday morning, June 29, at the chapel of Lunns Funeral Home in Olney, Texas. Services for Archie will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at the chapel of Lunn Funeral Home with Scotte Clarke officiating, with Masonic Rites under the direction of Archer Funeral home in Seymour, Texas. Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery with Military Rites in Seymour, Texas.