Longtime Political Activist Wilma Jinks Dies at 100

Thursday, March 28, 2013
Wilma Jinks

Wilma Jinks of Piggott died Friday, March 22, 2013, at the General Baptist Nursing Home in Piggott. She celebrated her 100th birthday Dec. 8, 2012, and had remained independent, living at home until just several months prior to her death.

Jinks was born Wilma Lehman Dec. 7, 2012, on a farm two miles north of Piggott and attended Piggott Schools, graduating PHS in 1930. In 1935 she met Harold Jinks while working in his brother's office. On Dec. 17, 193, the couple wed. Wilma later followed him to Washington, D.C., where Harold worked for the Kennedy administration in the U.S. Postal Service.

The couple returned to Arkansas in the mid-1960's, but remained active in politics and the Democratic Party during the Johnson, Carter and Clinton administrations.

Their party activity afforded Harold and Wilma the opportunity to witness firsthand the historical heyday of the Democratic Party and they forged strong friendships and relationships which remained throughout their lives.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 24, at the First Presbyterian Church of Piggott with Rev. Angela Moore officiating. Burial was in Piggott Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Piggott.

The complete obituary may be found in that section of this website.

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