Arthur “Ricky” Jenkins, Jr., 51, truck driver
The beloved nephew of Dora Lipscomb, Arthur Jenkins, Jr. died on Feb. 22, 2005, after a long illness. Arthur attended school in Gary, Ind., and after graduation joined the U.S. Air Force. After an honorable discharge, he worked various jobs until he enrolled in truck driving school earning his commercial driver’s license, and easily handling long distance and local runs.
Known to many as “Ricky,” Arthur was born in Chicago, June 14, 1953 to Arthur Jenkins, Sr. and Helen Jackson Jenkins. He was the fifth of six children.
In 1997, Arthur married Barbara Laughlin and in May 2002, they renewed their wedding vows before family and friends.
Arthur Jenkins is survived by his wife Barbara; his daughters, by blood and by marriage, Desiree Chantel Jenkins, Chanel Marie Jenkins, Anna Katherine Jenkins, Michelle Gilmore (Michael) and Dana Laughlin; his mother, Helen Jenkins; and his sisters, Virgine McKee (Walter), Joann Jenkins, Cynthia Jenkins, and Tina Jenkins Bell (Earl). He also leaves grandchildren Ebonie Joshua, Misha Gilmore, Mikal Gilmore and Micah Gilmore as well as nephews, nieces, neighbors and friends.
Jonathan (Joe) Lucas, 73, sold furniture, involved politically
Garfield Park Baptist Church member Mrs. Willie M. Lucas lost her husband Jonathan on Feb. 25, 2005. Mrs. Willie Lucas was special friend of the late Marva Caston another Westsider who was active in the church as well as the community.
Jonathan Lucas was born Nov. 4, 1931 in Bobo, Miss. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged. In 1954, he married his sweetheart, Willie May Stevenson in Clarksdale, Miss. They relocated to Chicago and were blessed with one daughter and two sons.
Joe was very well known in the community and was involved in numerous civic and social activities. He worked in sales for many years at Dell’s Upholstery & Furniture. Joe ran for local public office and was an active member of various political campaigns. An avid reader and conversationalist, his engaging personality always brought a smile to the face of people he knew or met.
Jonathan Lucas is survived by his wife of 50 years, Willie May; three children, Venerria Knox (Ron Joseph), Jonathan Paul, and Stephen (Kathy); four grandchildren, Jordan, Curran and Whitney Knox, and Randy Buchanan; two great-grandchildren, DeJon and Serenity; five sisters, Dorothy Mitchell, Elizabeth Robinson, Beatrice Lumpkin, Pearley Hill, Inetha Taylor (Lenell); three brothers, R. L. Lucas, Joe Willie Smith (Julia), and Eddie Lucas (Kimberly); and many other relatives and friends.
Alzata Pincham, 80, wife of respected judge
One of our most highly respected former justices R. Eugene Pincham recently lost his beloved wife, Alzata, on April 9, 2005.
The Pinchams were married for 57 years and were the parents of three children, Robert, Andrea and James. The Pinchams love for each other was obvious to the community. Anyone who knew Judge Pincham would hear him say that it was his wife who kept him on the straight and narrow.
Alzata met R. Eugene Pincham while both were freshmen at Tennessee State University in Nashville. After graduating in 1947, Alzata taught elementary school in Lexington, Miss. The Pinchams married on Aug. 31, 1948 and subsequently moved to Chicago the same year. Alzata continued teaching with the Chicago Board of Education until 1959. From then on, she was a full-time wife, mother and homemaker.
Alzata was a 30-year breast cancer survivor and an active member of Trinity United Church of Christ where well-known minister Rev. Jeremiah Wright is the pastor. Alzata was a charter founding member and president of the Can-Cer-Vive cancer survivors ministry.
In addition to Justice Pincham and her three children, Alzata is survived by two sisters, Rowena (Robert) Hodges and Edith (Wendell) Butler; two grandchildren, Evan Eugene Pincham and Christina Pincham; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.