Bessie (Howard) Jenkins

By | May 30, 2017

Bessie (Howard) Jenkins, of Oak Hill, died at home on Monday, May 29, 2017. Bessie was born Sept. 15, 1920 in McGoffin County, Kentucky to the late Henry Ervin Howard and Bertha (Caudill) Howard, the third of 12 children.

She married Grover Cleveland Jenkins on Nov. 8, 1938, who preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 1999. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Georgia Faye Pemberton; granddaughters, Rhonda Ferguson and Nina Mannering; and great-granddaughter, Taylor Brooke Mannering.

She is survived by her children, Marie (Herb) Shear of Piketon, Janet (Paul) Hall of Jackson, Connie Ryan of Oak Hill, Glenna Jenkins of Oak Hill, Harold (Suzanne) Jenkins of Oak Hill, Pam Mastalin of Oak Hill and Judy (Ed) Mannering of Lucasville. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Bessie loved her children, grandchildren and spending time with her family. She never forgot her roots and her family home in Twin Lick, Kentucky, where she frequently visited. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and playing tricks on others. She was funny, witty and full of compassion. She fed strangers when they were hungry and helped anyone in need. She knew Jesus Christ as her Savior and all who knew her, lover her. She will be greatly missed by her family.

Friends may call Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home of Oak Hill. A funeral will follow at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home with Pastor Ray Gamble officiating. Burial will follow in Hamilton Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to