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James Ernest Jenkins

West Point, 1966

Be Thou At Peace

Posted by Bill McKinney on August 26, 2007:

Dearest Karen,

Oh dear, Jim has run his last 100-yard sprint and we are not likely to see such a special man again in our life.

We are deeply, deeply saddened by Jim's passing because -- as you, more than anyone else knows -- he epitomizes that truly special human being God sends among us to show us the faith, courage and strength needed to live our time on earth as we are really called to do.

Many wonderful memories of Jim flood over me now, but two stand out. The first: I met Jim in February 1962 in Denver as we were taking our tests to see who would be selected for West Point, and I knew immediately that Jim was the candidate West Point wanted. Later, as I waited not so patiently for the notification telegram, Jim kept calling to boost my spirits and assure me we would go together. Of course, he was right -- but without his strong, encouraging words, I don't think I would have found the stamina to keep up my confidence. Jim stands as one of the primary reasons I went to West Point ... and that memory never strays far from my mind.

The second: last September at our 40th, amidst all the back slapping and greeting of long lost friends, Jim sought me out, pulled me over to a pair of chairs, and we talked, really talked about our lives, families and God -- all the truly important aspects of why we're here. Jim could not contain his deep feelings of pride and love for you and the wonderful family you and he have brought into this world. Please never forget this: Jim loved you and yours deeply.

For Jim, a simple but telling eulogy: He was a giving, giving man who made all around him better.

Karen, Pok-hui and I pray for Jim, of course, but our prayers go to you also that the strength Jim embodied flows to you and your family through this difficult time. We trust that God will continue to let Jim watch over you and show you the Way.

With our deepest sympathy and love, we remain, Pok-hui, Elizabeth, Kendall and Bill

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