Clarence Eugene Jenkins, DDS

JENKINS, DR. CLARENCE EUGENE – age 102, prominent and life time resident of Knoxville passed away peacefully Monday night, March 29th, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Nancy Jenkins of Knoxville; his wife o f 6 2 years, Elise Reed Jenkins; and his second wife of 4-1/2 years, Kate Bailey Key Jenkins; brothers, Dr. A. L. Jenkins, C. Glenn Jenkins, and sister, Louise Jenkins Johnson. Survived by his only child, Reed and his wife Joyce; grandsons, Rob, Ric and Chuck and his wife Heather; brother, Dr. Fred Jenkins, and close family friend Bill Richardson; three great granddaughters, Mallory, Lauren, Katelyn Jenkins; and great great granddaughter, Chloe Jenkins, all of Knoxville and several nieces and nephews and their families. Dr. Jenkins graduated from Knoxville High School where he was a member of the basketball and baseball team. While a student at Tennessee Wesleyan College, he played trumpet with the school band as well as playing sports. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Dental School in Memphis and did an internship at Knoxville General Hospital. He practiced dentistry in Knoxville for more than 55 years and was honored as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health. Dr. Jenkins was an Air Force Major during World War II, serving as a dentist at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS. He was an excellent and avid bowler and golfer and was a charter member of Cherokee Country Club where he golfed weekly. The high point of his golfing was when he, at age 62, made a hole-in-one in a golf tournament in Chattanooga. He loved the Great Smoky Mountains and wrote a booklet documenting his experiences while hiking there as a young man. He was a member of the UT Century Club and was a loyal fan of the UT basketball and football games, which he attended with his wife Elise until her health prevented them from attending. He was a long-time member of the Kiwanis Club, holding many offices, as well as Lieutenant Governor. Dr. Jenkins was an active member of Church Street United Methodist Church for more than 60 years and was a member of the Christian Home Sunday School Class. He served on various committees and was a “greeter” on most Sunday mornings until he was unable to attend regularly. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Shannondale Nursing Home for the wonderful care that they gave Dr. Jenkins. Graveside service Thursday 10:30 AM at Highland Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Cabel Trent and Rev. James Jenkins officiating. Friends may call at their convenience. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

Source: Knoxville News-Sentinel, 31 March 2010

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