Thomas Paul Jenkins, Sr.
T. Paul Jenkins, 95, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, January 9, 2009.
He was the husband of Betty Beck Jenkins (Mimi) of Wilmington, with whom he shared over 61 years of marriage. Paul was born in Wilmington on September 14, 1913, son of the late David B. (Bart) and Mary (Hattenfield) Jenkins and was predeceased by a sister, Helen McCann of New York and brother, David B. (Bart) of Marshallton. He began his education at Brandywine Springs, a one room schoolhouse outside of Newark and he then attended Newark High School. Paul began his career as a groundhand in the Line Department at Delaware Power and Light in September 1929. With hard work and dedication he attained the position of Superintendent of Transmission and Distribution, retiring from Delmarva Power in May 1978 with almost 50 years of service. His career was interrupted with the bombing of Pearl Harbor and he enlisted on December 10, 1941. He proudly served his country during WWII with the 699th Battalion, 5th Air Corp; he spent his entire time in the service with Signal Corp in both Australia and New Guinea. He was honorably discharged on October 7, 1945, having attained the rank of Master Sergeant for the third time! Paul was a 32rd Degree Mason and belonged to both Washington Lodge No. 1 AF & AM and Granite-Corinthian Lodge No. 34 AF & AM and in addition the Masonic Club of Delaware. In 1954, he and his wife joined Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Fairfax. He was a member of Delaware Veterans of World Wars and the Friends of Brandywine Springs. He enjoyed fishing, hiking and horseback riding with his family and his dog Soccer in the Brandywine Valley. Paul had many friends who all enjoyed his quick wit and his warm personality.
In addition to his beloved wife Mimi, he is survived by 2 sons, David L. and his wife Rowena of Oxford, PA and their children Josh and his wife Alyson, Jenna and Brad; and Thomas P. and his wife Wanda of Newark, DE and their children Tom, Mark and Anna. He also had 3 nephews that he loved dearly. Paul and Mimi are most proud of their family.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm, on Wednesday, January 14, at MCCRERY FUNERAL HOME, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. A Celebration of Life will follow on Thursday, January 15, at 11 am, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, on Concord Pike.
Interment will follow the service at Gracelawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Paul's name to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140; or Granite-Corinthian Lodge No. 34, Lombardy Hall, PO Box 7036, Wilmington, DE 19803.