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Obituaries for April 23, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

William (Bill) Draper Jinkins, born January 24, 1945 in Dyersburg, TN, passed away suddenly on February 13, 2010 in Jacksonville, AL at the Jacksonville Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Parks and James M. Jinkins, Sr. and is survived by brothers James M. Jinkins, Jr. and wife Brenda of Olive Branch, MS, Robert M. Jinkins of Memphis, TN, and John T. Jinkins of Knoxville, TN, sister Mary Laura Koella of Maryville, TN, five nieces and two nephews whom he trained to call him "Favorite Uncle Bill" and four grand nieces and eight grand nephews. He is also survived by an extended family of very close friends with whom he worked at all of the companies where he was employed as a Quality Control Engineer.

He attended Dyersburg High School before transferring to Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, TN and was especially grateful to Dyersburg High math teacher Miss Poor who gave him a lifelong appreciation and understanding of math. He graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, TN, attended The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and was first certified in Nondestructive Testing of Metals at the U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Oak Ridge, TN. In school, he was well liked for his intelligence and wit and was considered on the cutting edge of cultural trends. In other words, he was "cool."

He strived for excellence in all professional and personal endeavors and was well known for exceptional skill in trap and skeet events, chess, cooking, karate, and especially in his profession as a Level III Quality Control Engineer in the area of nondestructive testing of metals. He was dedicated to his work and respected as an instructor, mentor, and trouble shooter in his areas of expertise and recognized for his contributions to the field. As a teacher, he felt a personal responsibility to give his students a complete understanding of the technology and the importance of producing materials of the highest quality and would mentor each one until he was satisfied with that student's skills.

However, he will be remembered mostly for his generosity and loving nature. He had an especially soft spot in his heart for children and animals. Children, and animals, were drawn to him like a magnate and immediately sensed his kindness and command. Even his dogs were completely obedient and well-mannered in all company.

His generosity had been evident since childhood, and although his giving was always private in nature, numerous friends have spoken about his help in times of need. He said not too long before he died that he "just wanted to help people." From the letters his family has received, evidently he did. A memorial service will be held on April 24th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Maryville, TN. Please do not send flowers. Remember him with a contribution to the Nature Conservancy or your favorite charity.


Sis. Ruthie L. Reed, 62, of Dyersburg, died on Monday at the Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a homemaker and a member of Word of Faith Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Faith Deliverance Apostolic Church with Pastor Johnnie Smith officiating. H.H. Hudson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors at 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Word Of Faith Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Pamela Livingston, Dana Reed, and Teresa Stoveall, all of Dyersburg; a son, Johnnie Reed Jr. of Dyersburg; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.