Foster "Bill" Jenkins, age 78, of Cadiz, KY, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at his home. Mr. Jenkins enlisted into the United States Army in 1958 and retired as a Major in 1978. During his military career, he proudly served during the Vietnam War and was the recipient of many medals and awards for his heroic achievement and service during combat; among those were the National Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star w/ V & OLC, Vietnam Service Medal w/ 4 stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ 60 Device, two Overseas Bars, Parachutist Badge, Purple Heart w/ 2 OLC's, two Good Conduct Medals, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal. After his retirement from the Army in 1978, Bill and his wife Barbara returned to her hometown of Cadiz, where Bill began working for the United States Postal Service as mail sorter and clerk. He retired from the Cadiz Post Office in 2001. Among his hobbies, Bill was an avid golfer and a long time member of the Trigg County Golf Club. He was a member of Liberty Point Baptist Church and the Cadiz Masonic Lodge No. 121.
He is survived by one son, Steven Harrell (Greg Barnes), Paducah, KY; three daughters, Pamela Harrell-Spann (Junior), Cadiz, Kathy Matthews, Cadiz, and Teresa Jenkins-McCord (John), Albuquerque, NM; four grandchildren, Kathleen Harris (Reginald), Polly Matthews, Chance McCord, and Caleb McCord; three great grandchildren, Kenneth Edmonson, Cecil Edmonson, and Gage Bogard; and his devoted canine companion, Dixie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Foster M. and Marion Jenkins, his wife of 55 years, Barbara Wadlington Jenkins, and one granddaughter, Christina Edmonson.
Arrangements are being handled by Goodwin Funeral Home, Inc., 138 Main Street in Cadiz, where the family will receive friends from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Sunday, January 14, 2018. The funeral service will be at Goodwin Funeral Home at 2:00 PM Sunday, January 14, 2018, with Pastor Geoff Baggett officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Wadlington Cemetery, Freeman Road in Trigg County.