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Bobbye Ruth Jenkins

Bobbye Ruth Jenkins

Posted: Monday, August 10, 2009 5:36 pm

The Messenger, August 10, 2009
Bobbye Ruth (McCowan) Jenkins, 58, of Union City died Aug. 9, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City.
Services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with Jerry Durham officiating. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at East View Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home 4-7 p.m. Tuesday.
Pallbearers will be Kent McCowan, Keith McCowan, Darryl Thornton, Guy Walker Gray, Ricky Hepler and Bill Ward.
Honorary pallbearers will be the teaching staff at Lake Road and Ridgemont schools and special education teachers in the Obion County School System.
The family requests that memorials be made to Reelfoot Youth Camp or the Obion County Cancer Agency, through Hometown Walk of Hope.
She was born March 17, 1951, in Obion County, daughter of the late Robert Burton and Maude (Cook) McCowan. She had earned her master’s degree in special education from the University of Tennessee at Martin and had taught special education for 33 years, with 29 of those in the Obion County School System. She retired in May because of poor health.
She was a member of Bishop Street Church of Christ, the Tennessee Education Association, Obion County Education Association, the National Education Association and Obion County Retired Teachers Association. She had been membership chairman of OCEA for many years and was a founding member of that organization’s sick leave bank. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma sorority.
Survivors include her adopted daughter, Heather Jenkins of Caruthersville, Mo.; her grandson, Ethan McGee of Horn Lake, Miss.; her brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Linda McCowan of Athens; her niece and her husband, Michelle and Jeff Mason of Athens; two nephews and their wives, Kent and Jennifer McCowan and Keith and Missy McCowan, all of Athens; four great nieces; and a great nephew.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home Web site: www.white-ranson.com.

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