Leon O. Jenkins

March 14, 1936February 5, 2018
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Leon O. Jenkins, 81, passed from this life Monday, February 5, 2018 at Columbus Regional Hospital. Leon was born in Columbus on March 14, 1936 and graduated from Columbus High School in 1955. He would have celebrated 60 years of marriage with his wife, Carolyn Jean Jenkins, on March 2. She survives. Retired from Renner Motors in 2000, Leon loved cars and boating. He continued selling cars at Mueller Auto Sales after retirement and worked many years prior to Renner at Dell Brothers clothing store. Leon had a passion for NASCAR, animals and dancing to the song, “Rocky Top.” He was involved in Saddle Club in his youth, Moose Lodge and was a life member of the local Elks Club. He was a member of First Christian Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Dessa Jenkins. Leon is survived by his wife, Carolyn Jean Jenkins; daughter, Dawn (Mark)Long of California; son Michael (Julie) Jenkins of Sellersburg; son Matthew (Cheryl) Jenkins of Trafalgar; grandchildren Kristen and Christopher Long of California; Stephanie Jenkins of Alaska; Elizabeth Guilfoyle of Florida; and Laura Jenkins of New Albany; and a sister, Betty Miller of Columbus. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Myers Reed Chapel. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Myers Reed. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, First Christian Church or the Bartholomew County Humane Society.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 9, 2018

Leon O. Jenkins

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Doris Carter

February 11, 2018

The sandpiper dance was tonight. Our table sends their thoughts and prayers to you and the family. Carmelita and Bob said they missed you.

Donna Mount

February 11, 2018

I was so sorry to hear about Leon. I always liked talking to him and seeing you guys at church. He told me one time that he liked it that I served communion.

Doris & Bill Carter

February 10, 2018

Lonnie, our friends at Sandpiper will always remember you and Jean dancing to Proud Mary. We will remember you both Saturday at our Valentines Dance. We will certainly miss you both.

Don (Rat) & Helga Hayes

February 8, 2018

We loved working with Lonnie and had many good times with him and Jean. He will be missed and you will be in our thoughts.

Shery Carter-Ashley

February 7, 2018

My memories are so vivid and cherished. From Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas at Uncle Lonnie and Aunt Jean's house to playing with all the kids while the parents played cards. I will never forget Uncle Lonnie's smile.

Barbara Fisher

February 7, 2018

I loved working with Lonnie. He was a great guy and will be missed a lot. I'm sorry I am in Florida so can't come to funeral home but my thoughts are with you as are John Haleys thoughts.

Kim Casner

February 7, 2018

I worked with Lonnie many years ago at Dell Brothers before joining First National Bank.

Lonnie was a very good man, nice and fair to work with and always of good humor.

I ran into him occasionally when he worked for Mahan Ford.

May he rest in peace and my condolences to his family.

Kim Casner

Jacob Tuchek

February 7, 2018


You sir were a great person and a great family friend to my Grandfather/Family.
You will be missed!
I will miss having you go to breakfast with my Grandpa at the hanger.
Rest in Peace Sir and keep an eye on bo for all of us!

Terry Axsom

February 6, 2018

God will definitely show you the way to smiling again. I know this experience will change you forever. I hope in the days to come you can remember all the good times you shared with your father and all the love he gave you throughout the years. He is not gone. I know he will be watching over you forever.

Jerry Walters

February 6, 2018

A very old & dear friend who I will always have in my thoughts and Jean in my prayers. 40 years ago when Lonzo & I first became friends and co-workers with him as my close friend we made selling cars at Mahan Ford-Honda fun as well as a good living for our family . RIP My Buddy