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James "Fireball" Jenkins, June 5, 1933 — March 18, 2012, of Slater

By submitted by Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home
March 19, 2012 | 5:15 p.m. CDT

James D. (Fireball) Jenkins, 78, of Slater, MO, died Sunday, March 18, 2012, at Landmark Hospital in Columbia, MO.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Slater, with Rev. Bruce Hess and William W. Harlow officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial will be in Slater City Cemetery. Memorials may be make to the American Diabetes Association, National Shingles Foundation of National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, IA. Friends may sign the online register book at

Born June 5, 1933, in Hardin, MO, he was the son of late Rollie Henry (Mike) Jenkins and Helen Frances Hearrold Jenkins. On November 1, 1980, he married Lois Wood Hickman who survives of the home. He had lived in Slater most of his life and retired from the Local 7688 United Mine Workers in 1992. He owned and operated Jenkins Hauling from 1994 to 2008 when he retired. He started his 31-year racing career in 1961 and spent many weekends racing on Friday nights at Moberly and Jefferson City and Sunday night in Marshall. He was points champion a few years at Capital Speedway and points champion in the B Class for two years at Sportsman's Speedway before moving up a class. One of his biggest accomplishments was winning the B feature at the Knoxville Nationals in 1964.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by seven children, Sheryl Sneed and companion Keith of Omaha, NE, James L. Jenkins and wife SuzAnne of Slater, Janie Adcock-McCoy and companion Richard Wiseman of Marshall, Jerry Jenkins, wife Debbie of Columbia, MO, Steven Hickman and wife Brenda of California, MO, Mike Hickman and wife Catch of California, MO and Kelli Dorsey and husband Donnie of Hannibal, MO; 16 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two sisters, Pat White of Slater and Carol King of Odessa, MO; three brothers, Ed Jenkins and Tom Jenkins both of Odessa and Jack Jenkins of Bremerton, WA; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Steven; one brother, Rollie "Dude" Jenkins; and stepmother, Glenna Jenkins.