William Lee “Bill” Jenkins

William Lee "Bill" Jenkins
William Lee “Bill” Jenkins

William Lee “Bill” Jenkins

January 19, 1929 – June 8, 2020

Bill was born to Ethel Means Jenkins and Henry Eads Jenkins in Amarillo, Texas. He attended Amarillo schools and received a journalism degree from the University of Texas where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He was an avid UT sports fan his entire life. After spending two years in the Army, he returned to Amarillo and began a forty-year career with the Globe-News.

Bill and Nancy Rush were married in 1957, and in 1963, their daughter, Shelley, was born. After the death of Nancy, Bill met and married Ann Dooley Snodgrass. Together they reared their two children and later enjoyed the blessings of their four grandchildren.

Tennis was Bill’s first sport of choice, and in later years golf was his main interest. He was often seen on the course pulling his clubs-never on a golf cart!

Bill began playing bridge in college and continued studying and playing the game throughout his life. He obtained the status of Silver Life Master from ACBL. Bill and Ann planned vacations so he could compete in the Summer Nationals.

Bill was knowledgeable in many areas. All forms of history interested him; Civil War, World War I, and World War II. He was fortunate to have visited battlefields in the U.S. and abroad. He was also a voracious reader and had the goal of reading one hundred pages most days.

He was a long-time member of First Christian Church and served in many capacities. At the time of his death, he was president of the Mariners Sunday School Class.

Bill was a quiet, thoughtful man who deeply loved his family. Perhaps he will most be remembered for his witty, dry, and clever sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his first wife, and his brother, Charles Jenkins.

His survivors include his wife, Ann, of forty-seven years, his daughter, Shelley Jenkins Hamilton and husband, Kris, of Fort Worth, Texas, and his stepson, George Benckenstein, of Amarillo. His grandchildren who survive him are Kacy Hamilton, of Houston, Texas, Ryan Hamilton, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Ted Benckenstein and Claire Benckenstein, both of Amarillo, Texas. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Becky Herich and husband Bob, of Amarillo, his brother-in-law Roy Snodgrass and wife Joan, of Austin, Texas, and his Oklahoma nephew and nieces.

II Timothy 4:7 – I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

A memorial service for Bill will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Bill may be sent to the choir or youth department of First Christian Church, 3001 Wolflin Ave, Amarillo, TX 79109.

7 Replies to “William Lee “Bill” Jenkins”

  1. Bill’s cheerfulness and good humor will be missed by many. We are thinking of you, Ann.

    Mary and Ronnie Walker

  2. We will greatly miss Bill as our friend and Sunday School class president. We remember the anecdotes he shared with the class and his dry sense of humor. He was a special person and a fine Christian man. Ken & Sylvia McTague

  3. Bill was a good friend and always seemed to have a. smile on his face. We will miss his presence at supper club and other functions. He was a walking encyclopedia with very interesting conversations Ann, we pray for God’s comforting presence in these sad days snd to let you know that we are here for you if you need anything!

  4. Bill was a remarkable man, thoughtful friend and neighbor, and a gentleman who will be long remembered. Our love to Ann and the family
    Jack and
    Carol Thomas

  5. Ann, I heard this sad news today when I talked with John. My heart paused for a time as I thought of how deeply you loved one another and your children and grandchildren, and how it was so evident in your lives. I so admired your relationship and love and respect for each other. Take care during the coming days ahead, and please feel free to let me know if there is a way to support you during the days ahead.

  6. I am so sorry to hear about Bill. He was always so kind and gracious to me and James. I loved his sense of humor. I will be praying for Ann and the family.

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