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Leonard Hodge Jenkins

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"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord will award to me on that day." A service celebrating the life of Leonard Hodge Jenkins, 92, of Bastrop, Louisiana will be held on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Bastrop officiated by the Rev. Rosemary Stelz with burial in Christ Church Cemetery, Bastrop under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 22nd, from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home, Bastrop. Leonard Jenkins was born on September 7, 1918, in Ruston, Louisiana and he passed away on December 18, 2010 in Bastrop.  He was preceded in death by his parents Lucille Hodge Jenkins and Edward Swinton Jenkins and two brothers Edward S. Jenkins, Jr. and William Douglas Jenkins. Leonard is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, LaNeil Nunnally Jenkins of Bastrop.  They met as students on the campus of Louisiana Tech, marrying after aboth graduated.  LaNeil has always boasted that she selected the best man to become the father of her future children.  He is survived by four daughters who adored and respected him:  Marilynn J. Ringheim of Ruston, Louisiana, Cecille J. Whittington of Mandeville, Louisiana, Elizabeth J. Blackman of Bastrop, Louisiana, and Louise J. Krajina (Alex) of Shoreline, Washington.  Also mourning his loss are ten grandchildren:  Amelia, Mark, and Edward Ringheim, Jessica W. Henning (Paul), Jennifer B. Mangrum (Chris), Joshua Blackman (Jerilyn), Alexandra, Amanda, Brad, and Doug Krajina;  five great-grandchildren: Grant, Ella, and Baylor Mangrum and Stephen and Matthew Henning. Surviving siblings are cherished sister and brother, Louise Jenkins Briggs of Shreveport, Louisiana and John Edward Jenkins of Bay Minette, Alabama. He was born in a house on the campus of Louisiana Tech where his father taught chemistry for many years.  Leonard attended the A.E. Phillips Model School and graduated from Ruston High School.  He received his degree in chemistry from the then Louisiana Polytechnic Institute. After completing his service in the U.S. Army serving as a 1st Sergeant, specializing in the development of chemical warfare, he joined International Paper Company in 1946 and retired in 1977.  Leonard was an accomplished musician of both vocal and of many instruments.  He especially enjoyed the violin, was selected to first chair in a ten-state orchestra while in college, and played in the Monroe Symphony Orchestra for a number of years. Our father had a love for the magical wonder of children, and they loved him.  He was devoted to his family, was playful and possessed a keen sense of humor, and was loyal and caring to everyone he knew.  Leonard was a kind and gentle man who set an example of dignity and hospitality for all to follow.  He was faithful to his Lord and his church, First Presbyterian Church of Bastrop, serving in various capacities and singing in the choir for countless years.  In 2009, Leonard was bestowed the honor of Elder Emeritus by the congregation.  Leonard was a lifelong Presbyterian.  Thank you, Daddy, for sharing your unlimited love, faith, and spirit with us. You have indeed finished the race with heart and honor. The family wishes to thank the staffs of Lagniappe Healthcare and Premier Hospice of Bastrop, Louise Blocker, Jeanette Anders, Leslie Anders, and Terry Roper for their care and support.  In addition and in particular, we acknowledge with genuine gratitude the warmth and compassion of Randy Bonnett who remained devotedly and vigilantly by our father's side for five years. Pallbearers will be Joshua Blackman, Edward Ringheim, Chris Mangrum, Paul Henning, Dennis McKee, and Randy Bonnett. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Bastrop, 310 South Washington St., Bastrop, LA. 71220; Alzheimer's Association, 225 North Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601; or a charity of choice.

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