Obituaries

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Pearl JenkinsHomemaker

Pearl Catherine Pilkerton Jenkins, 92, a homemaker and church member who lived two-thirds of her life in the same Camp Springs house, died of pneumonia Oct. 8 at the Charles County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in La Plata.

Mrs. Jenkins was born on a farm in Clements, Md., and was one of 12 children. She moved to Washington at 19 to help care for her brother's child. She married and devoted her life to caring for her family.

She embroidered scarves, tended a flower garden and read a newspaper daily. Known for her kindness and friendliness, she sent cards and letters to many acquaintances. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bushwood, St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Anacostia and St. John's Catholic Church in Clinton.

Her husband of 59 years, Lewis F. Jenkins, died in 1992. Daughter Dolores Catherine Jenkins Thomas died in 1988.

Survivors include a son, Lewis Jenkins of Waldorf; a sister, Eleanor Quade of Clements; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Wilbur Alfred MangumDentist

Wilbur Alfred Mangum, 73, a dentist who practiced in the District for 42 years, died Oct. 4 at the Gladys Spellman Specialty Hospital and Nursing Center in Cheverly. He had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Dr. Mangum, born in Oxford, N.C., graduated from Howard University and then from the Howard University Dental School in 1958. He ran his own practice until 2003.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Joan Mangum of Hyattsville; two children, Anne C. McMurray of Bowie and Brett Mangum of Gaithersburg; three sisters, Eleanor Hill of Washington, Ruby Sherman of Washington and Jackie Brewer of Denver; a brother, William Mangum of Silver Spring; and a grandson.

Claude Gibbs TurnerUSDA Tobacco Official

Claude Gibbs Turner, 94, an official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's tobacco division, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 20 at the Fairfax, a military retirement home at Fort Belvoir.

Mr. Turner was born on a tobacco farm near Chase City, Va. After graduating from Virginia Tech University in 1934, he became a county agricultural agent for several years, principally in Franklin County. He joined the USDA's tobacco division in 1940.

During World War II, he served as an executive officer in an antiaircraft battalion whose primary duty was to provide support for the 2nd Infantry Division. Mr. Turner participated in the Battle of the Bulge and received the Bronze Star. He remained a member of the Army Reserve until 1971, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

After the war, he returned to the Agriculture Department and worked in the tobacco stabilization department. He was later named director of the tobacco division, which was responsible for producing and marketing tobacco. At the time of his retirement in 1972, he was director of the tobacco policy staff.

Mr. Turner lived in Annandale and, for more than 30 years, in Arlington. He had lived at the Fairfax since 1991. He was a member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Arlington.

Throughout his life, he maintained well-cultivated flower gardens, which he tilled year-round. His gardens usually included tall flowering tobacco plants.

His wife of 68 years, Mary-Louise Turner, died in 2002.

Survivors include two daughters, Claudette Thompson of Charlottesville and Elaine Ridgway of Morgantown, W.Va.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


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