Catherine Dews Jenkins, 92, of Blakely, Ga., died on June 19, 2015, in the Emergency room at Phoebe-Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Ga. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 22, 2015, at the Blakely First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dwight Bishop officiating. A private burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the social hall of Blakely First United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Jenkins was born in Blakely, Ga., on June 7, 1923, to the late Charles Edward Dews and Alexine Bates Dews. She was preceded in death by Thomas Grubbs Jenkins, her husband of 55 years, in 2005 and by her five brothers: Charles, Robert, Thomas, Kenneth, and Alton Dews.
Mrs. Jenkins moved to Albany when she was a year old and then to Edison in 1934. She graduated from Edison High School in 1940 and attended South Georgia College. From 1942 until 1946 she served as secretary to the surgeon at Turner Field Naval Air Station in Albany and later as secretary to Accident Analysis Division at Langley Field, Va., from 1946 to 1947. From 1950 to 1985 she worked as a secretary for the Blakely Peanut Company. She was a member of the Blakely United Methodist Church and DAR.
Surviving are her two sisters-in-law: Freida Dews of Conyers, Ga., Thelma Dews of Atlanta, Ga. and many nieces and nephews: Charles Dews of Buena Vista, Ga., Gene Dews of Headland, Ala., Bobby Dews of Edison, Patricia MacLean of Trussville, Ala., Lawrence Killingsworth of Spokane, Wa., Scott Killingsworth of Atlanta, Marcia Killingsworth of Edison, Ga, Thomas Dews, Jr. of Silver Spring, Md., Jim Dews of Canton, Ga., Julie Dews of Montreat, N.C., Kenneth Dews, Jr. of Winterville, N.C., Alexine Bryant of Greenville, N.C., Madge Gay Thompson of Winterville, N.C., Catherine Nelson of Winterville, N.C., Alton Dews, Jr. of Mechanicsville, Va., David Dews of Atlanta, Kirk Dews of Richmond, Va., and Catherine Dorrien of Dunwoody, Ga. Additionally, she leaves behind numerous great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Jenkins was a family favorite and was affectionately known to her nieces and nephews by a variety of names, including Aunt Catherine, Kate, and Aunt Cap. She and Thomas traveled all over the country to visit relatives, and all of her family felt very much at home in her home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Willowood Personal Care, P.O. Box 669, Edison, Ga., 39846 or to Blakely First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 265, Blakely, Ga. 39823.