Arthur Carthal Jenkins
Son of Joseph Asa and Julia Virginia (Terry) Jenkins, brother of Orville Lee Jenkins
Notes from the memory of Orville Boyd Jenkins, son of Orville Lee Jenkins
Family Names: Christian, Jenkins, Lynch, Terry
Arthur Carthal Jenkins was a son of Joseph Asa Jenkins and Julia Virginia (Terry) Jenkins, and a brother of my father Orville Lee Jenkins. Arthur Carthal was born in Marlow, Oklahoma, in 1909. My father Orville Lee was born in Mountain View, Oklahoma, in 1912. Bud's name is spelled Carthel in some sources. His son Carthal Trent confirmed to me in 2009 that Bud's name was spelled Carthal.
We all called Arthur Carthal "Uncle Bud," because all his brothers and sisters called him Bud. I remember Uncle Bud and his children very well. Here is what I know about his family and children.
When I was a child, my father told me that Uncle Bud had rheumatic fever when he was a child. I also remember talking about that with Uncle Bud. He survived, but with a weak heart, which gave him some periodic problems as an adult. The main thing I remember is that he could not overexert himself.
I remember them telling us kids that when Bud was a youth, he strained his heart in a tug-of-war match with a horse! One of the kinds of stunts rural kids commonly pull. I can't remember for sure if they meant that this was the strain that led to his coming down with the rheumatic fever, or if this was a later injury due to the injudicious struggle with the horse, with his weak heart. I tend to think of it as the latter.
He married Eyline Lynch. I found this spelling in some family info from my cousin Harold Christian, and was surprised to see this spelling several times on name searches. I remember the name as Eileen. I remember that is how I thought of the name, and I think my memory includes seeing my parents write her name in that spelling.
We knew Uncle Bud and Aunt Eyline well, because they continued to live in Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma, where my grandparents lived. They were Joseph Asa Jenkins (Pappa Joe) and Julia Virginia (Terry) Jenkins (Mama Jennie). They continued to live in their same house on 20th Street, all my life until they had to move to special care.
Bud and Eyline had married earlier than Dad (mostly due to a long illness my father had in his teens), so his three children were all older than me. The two boys were Trent and Mike. Mike was about 5 years older than me.
Their last child was LaRhonda Eyline. As far I remember, LaRhonda was named after my dad's older sister Rhonda. Everybody called LaRhonda Dinky as long as I knew them. I remember she had a slight lisp. LaRhonda was three years older than me, but I remember her as about one year older than me. I was surprised when I found family informtaon that indicated her actual birth date, three years to the month before my birth.
LaRhonda and I played together all the time when our family was up at Chickasha. She was over at Pappa Joe's (our grandfather, Joseph Asa Jenkins) a lot when we were up there, and I would go over to there house a lot. They lived within walking distance. I have been back up there in recent years and seen the house where they lived then and where they later moved after Aunt Eyline remarried.
I did not personally remember the year Uncle Bud died, but family records indicate it was in 1955, when I was only 7 years old. In my memory, it seems like I was much older than that. In my memory I knew Uncle Bud a much longer proportion of my life than that. In 2008 my cousin Asa Lee Jenkins told me he died in a medical center in Temple, Texas. I then found the Texas Death Index information on that. Bud died 19 October 1955 in the Scott White Hospital, Temple, Bell County, Texas. He was buried in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
I only recently learned the actual date of Bud's death from my cousin Harold Christian's family research done some years ago. When the date of 1955 registered on me, it seemed so strange to think of the time I had with him as only 7 years. I remember the event, and I was at his funeral. It made a big impression on me, because he was the first person close to me that I remember losing to death.
Our family saw them a lot after that time also, while Aunt Eyline continued to live in Chickasha with the children for some time. At some point, Aunt Eyline remarried. I had forgotten his name, but my cousin Trent got in contact with me by email and told me in 2009 that Eyline's second husband had been Wayne Wornom.
Eyline's new husband was a car dealer from Oklahoma City, but he moved to Chickasha and they continued to live there for some years, running a Jeep dealership. We all had good relationships with him, and he was always welcoming and good to me when I would go over there.
At some time after the marriage, they moved next door to a bigger house, and I remember being there several times with Dinky (LaRhonda). In my memory it seems like they continued to live in Chickasha a long time, but I can't say for sure how long a time.
I remember seeing them many times later in Chickasha, in the old house, and in the new house next door. Before Eyline, wayne and the kids moved to Oklahoma City, the family lived a considerable time in Chickasha.
Move to the City
Some later time, then, they moved up to Oklahoma City. After they moved, they virtually cut themselves off from the family. I recall family members lamenting that. I missed LaRhonda, since she was the only one near my age.
One More Visit
I remember that after they had moved to Oklahoma City Aunt Eyline came back with the kids for the funeral of my grandfather, Bud's father, Joseph Asa Jenkins. I can't say for sure if that was Pappa Joe's funeral or not.
But I remember seeing them at Pappa Joe's house at a funeral time, and have it connected in memory with the time other previously unknown family members came, like my father's much older half-brothers Uncle Ben (Joseph Benjamin) and maybe Uncle Everett (James Everett), to that little house on 20th Street in Chickasha, where our grandparents had lived since my father was a teenager.
I don't remember seeing them or even hearing news, after Pappa Joe's funeral. It was the next year when moved to Arkansas, and my parents divorced.
After renewing contact with Bud's son Trent, he told me that his borther and sister Mike and LaRhonda are living near Lake Texoma, Oklahoma. I remembered that at some point, Uncle Wayne Wornom adopted at least Mike and LaRhonda. Trent was already in college by then and was not adopted by Wayne.
Orville Boyd Jenkins
Original notes written 1 September 2006 in an email to Michele Jenkins Park and Greg Jenkins
Last revised 30 December 2010
Last edited 19 April 2013