Jesse Floyd TUCKER Mary Aveline TUCKER Floyd Thomas TUCKER Ida Jeanette TUCKER Genie Vivian TUCKER Nellie Nora Mae TUCKER Alice Lamorne TUCKER Raymond Frank TUCKER Clement Franklin MCPHERSON Living MCPHERSON Living MCPHERSON Living MCPHERSON Living MCPHERSON Orville Lee JENKINS Living JENKINS Living JENKINS Rosalee TUCKER Living TUCKER Living TUCKER Ethel Alma FRAZIER Mini tree diagram
Martha Aretha TUCKER

Martha Aretha TUCKER7,1,3,4,8,9,5

13th Nov 19321,2,3,4,5 - 17th Nov 20166,5

Life History

13th Nov 1932

Born in Vilonia, Faulkner, Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5


Married Clement Franklin MCPHERSON in Faulkner County, Arkansas.7,5

1st Mar 1967

Death of Clement Franklin MCPHERSON in Jacksonville, Pulaski, Arkansas.10,7,9,5

May 1969

Married Orville Lee JENKINS in Faulkner County, Arkansas.8,5

29th May 1987

Death of Orville Lee JENKINS in Conway, Faulkner, Arkansas.8,10,9

17th Nov 2016

Died in Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas.6,5

Complications from open heart surgery, COPD and two post-surgery strokes.

22nd Nov 2016

Buried in Cypress Valley Cemetery, Vilonia, Faulkner County, Arkansas.5

Other facts


Birth of daughter Living JENKINS


Birth of daughter Living JENKINS


Birth of son Living MCPHERSON


Birth of daughter Living MCPHERSON


Birth of son Living MCPHERSON


Birth of daughter Living MCPHERSON


  • 1940 Federal Census, Faulkner County, Arkansas, 30 April, Cypress,District 23-16, page 11B-12A, Hse #211, Owns $300
    Tucker, Jessie F Head M W 50 Grade 7 b Arkansas same place in 1935Farmer
    Tucker, Alma Wife F W 48 Grade 7 b Arkansas same house in 1935Housewife
    - page 12A -
    Tucker, Aretha Dau F W 7 Grade 2 b Arkansas same house in 1935

    Aretha lilved at the same location on the farm she shared with herhusband Frank McPherson and past his death, then with her secondhusband Orville L Jenkins, until his death in 1987, then to the end ofher life.

    U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1
    Aretha Jenkins
    Birth Date 13 Nov 1932
    Address 84 Ballard Rd, Vilonia, AR, 72173-9372 (1989, 1991)
    208 RR 2 Box, Vilonia, AR, 72173
    Other addresses:
    PO Box 10331, Conway, AR, 72034-0004]
    2948 Lavell Ave, Wichita Falls, TX, 76308-4106 (1995)

    In October 2016, Aretha had to have open heart surgery, due toblockages and the discovery that stents inserted a few years beforehad begun breaking down and were contributing to the blockage.  Whilein recovery there was considerable difficulty in regulating her bloodpressure meds and conflicts with the medicine for her COPD condition.Her stats were erratic and she also experienced a stroke.

    She stabilized somewhat but did not regain full consciousness, andthen experienced another stroke. At this point, about 3.5 weeks afterthe surgery, it was discovered at that time that she had suffered ananoxic condition during the first stroke, and it now appeared that shehad suffered brain damage not detected at the time of the earlierepisode.

    Her daughter Julia was the main person informing the family through aFacebook messaging group.  On Tuesday 15 November 2016 Julia sent hisnote:
    "Julia.  I know I've been quiet over the last day, but I needed sometime to process where we are in Mom's care. After spending extensivetime with her doctors yesterday it's become clear that her lungs andher brain are not improving. They've established that when she codedon Halloween she suffered an anoxic brain injury because she wasdeprived of oxygen. She's become less responsive over the last fewdays and the EEG's show a decline in activity. Her lungs are alsorequiring more assistance from the vent to function.  Unless Mom andGod decide otherwise, we've made the decision to transition to comfortcare later this week. We'd like to give her out of town children andgrandchildren time to get here. Please continue to keep us in yourprayers."

    Aretha succumbed on Thursday 17 November 2016.  Here is Julia'sannoucncement to the family.

    "For those who may not know, Mom went home to be with Jesus thisafternoon."
    --  Julia Jenkins Willadson, Facebook Group Messaging, 17 November2016


    Martha Aretha Jenkins
    November 13, 1932 - November 17, 2016

    Martha Aretha Jenkins 84, of Vilonia, Arkansas went to be with theLord on November 17, 2016. She was born to Jessie and Alma Tucker onNovember 13, 1932, in Faulkner County, Arkansas.

    In her young adult life Aretha would meet and fall in love withClimmie Franklin McPherson and marry in 1952. From this marriage fourwonderful children were born; Jessie, Joe, James, and Janet. Arethalost Climmie to a heart condition in 1967 and would later meet OrvilleLee Jenkins, and fall in love again. They were married in May of 1969,and from this marriage two more beautiful children were born; Micheleand Julia. Aretha spent her life as a homemaker and mother to herchildren. Eventually her kids would have kids of their own and Arethawho became MOM had now become GRANNY to some and GRANDMA to others.

    As if cleaning up after her own children wasnt enough she got a job asa custodian at the Vilonia School system where she cleaned up afterhundreds of students for 13 years. Aretha retired from the schoolsystem and enjoyed her life from the comforts of her "CHAIR", andcontinued to help in the raising of her kids, grandkids, and now GREATgrandkids. When she wasnt working or caring for others she enjoyedspending time on her hobbies sewing and gardening and absolutely hadto watch her "stories" and cant forget "wrestling" on Saturday nights.Aretha was also very involved with her church, when the doors wereopen she was there. She was faithful to the Lord and lived her life asa true Christian woman. Aretha left her legacy in the hearts of all ofher children and her life impacted everyone around her.

    She was preceded in death by her father Jessie Tucker and mother AlmaFrazier-Tucker, sisters Mary Collins, Ida Wilson, Genie Hammonds,Nellie Ramsey, Alice Beard, Rosalee Tucker, brothers Floyd Tucker, andFrank Tucker, first husband Climmie McPherson, and late husbandOrville Jenkins.

    She is survived by sister, Eddith Ridout, brother, Aubrey Tucker,children, Jessie and Greg Jenkins their children Felisa and husbandBryan Fendley, Arin and wife Kristy Jenkins, and Keenon and wife JulieJenkins. son, Joe McPherson and his children Brittany Bradley, Justinand wife Kimberlie McPherson, and Brandie McPherson, son, JamesMcPherson and children Frankie and wife Monica McPherson, JamieMcPherson, and wife, Dayne McPherson, Tiffany Davis and DestinyMcPherson, daughter, Janet Armentrout and her children Benny Ramos,Ashia and husband Jeremy Highfill, and Tony Ramos, daughter MichelePark and her children Daundra and husband Donovan Becker, ChandraPark, and Kendra Park, daughter, Julia and Stan Willadson and theirchildren Delaney and Tate, stepson, Orville Boyd Jenkins and his wifeEdith and their children Gareth and wife Lesli Jenkins, and Kevin andhis wife Deborah Jenkins, twenty eight great-grandchildren and severalnieces and nephews.

    Pallbearers: Arin Jenkins, Keenon Jenkins, Justin McPherson, BenRamos, Tony Ramos, Frankie McPherson, Bryan Fendley and StanWilladson.

    Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 pm Monday, November 21, 2016 and FuneralService will be 1:00 pm Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at Roller McNuttFuneral Home Conway, Arkansas with interment at Cypress ValleyCemetery Vilonia, Arkansas.
    --  Roller McNutt Funeral Home Conway, Arkansas, 22 November 2016,

    Martha Aretha Tucker Jenkins
    Birth Nov 13, 1932 Arkansas
    Death Nov 17, 2016 Pulaski County, Arkansas
    Clement Franklin McPherson (1905 - 1967)
    Spouse Orville Lee Jenkins (1912 - 1987)

    She went by Aretha. She was born to Jessie and Alma Tucker on November13, 1932, in Faulkner County, Arkansas.

    Aretha died at St Vincent's Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas,17 November 2016, from complications that developed after open heartsurgery about a month before. She suffered from COPD, and high bloodpressure.

    She married Clement (Climmie) Franklin McPherson in 1952. He passedaway in 1967. In May 1969 she married Orville Lee Jenkins, who passedaway in 1987.

    Funeral Service 22 November 2016 at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home,Conway, Arkansas, with interment following at Cypress Valley CemeteryVilonia, Arkansas. She shares a joint grave and marker with herhusband Orville L Jenkins.

    Burial Cypress Valley Cemetery, Faulkner County, Arkansas
    Maintained by Orville Jenkins, Created by Doyce Brimmage Aug 15, 2012
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #95377957,


  • 1. U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1
  • 2. McPherson Family Interviews by Orville Boyd Jenkins, July 2003
  • 3. 1940 Federal Census, Faulkner County, Arkansas
    • 30 April, Cypress, District 23-16, page 12A, Hse #211, Owns $300
  • 4. Family Trails
  • 5. Obituary of Martha Aretha Tucker Jenkins 2016
  • 6. Facebook
  • 7. Ancestry Trees
    • Richard Theilig,
  • 8. Orville Boyd Jenkins, Personal Knowledge
  • 9. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 10. Social Security Death Index

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