James D. (Fireball) Jenkins

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

James D. (Fireball) Jenkins, 78, of Slater, died Sunday, March 18, 2012, at Landmark Hospital in Columbia.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Slater, with Rev. Bruce Hess and William W. Harlow officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial will be in Slater City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, National Shingles Foundation or National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Born June 5, 1933, in Hardin, he was the son of the late Rollie Henry (Mike) Jenkins and Helen Frances Hearrold Jenkins. On Nov. 1, 1980, he married Lois Wood Hickman who survives of the home. He had lived in Slater most of his life and retired from the Local 7688 United Mine Workers in 1992. He owned and operated Jenkins Hauling from 1994 to 2008 when he retired. He started his 31-year racing career in 1961. He raced in Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Arkansas, Texas and North Dakota. He was points champion a few years at Capital Speedway and points champion in the B Class for two years at Sportsman's Speedway before moving up a class. He won the B feature at the Knoxville Nationals in 1964.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by seven children, Sheryl Sneed and her companion, Keith, of Omaha, Neb., James L. Jenkins and his wife, SuzAnne, of Slater, Janie Adcock-McCoy and her companion, Richard Wiseman, of Marshall, Jerry Jenkins and his wife, Debbie, of Columbia, Steven Hickman and his wife, Brenda, of California, Mike Hickman and his wife, Cathy, of California and Kelli Dorsey and her husband, Donnie, of Hannibal; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pat White of Slater and Carol King of Odessa; three brothers, Ed Jenkins and Tom Jenkins, both of Odessa and Jack Jenkins of Bremerton, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Steven; one brother, Rollie (Dude) Jenkins; and stepmother, Glenna Jenkins.

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