Affectionately known as “Rev”, a native of Charleston, S.C., he was the son of the late Sadie Williams and Esaw Jenkins. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in New York, where he played high school basketball with the famous Julius Erving. He later moved to Alabama and married his wife Barbara and the couple had three sons and one daughter.
In 1981, he accepted Christ and in 1983 accepted the call into the ministry. Rev. Jenkins pastored several churches including Greater Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church of Walker Springs, Cedar Fork Baptist Church in Suggsville and Carry Mount Baptist Church in Fountain. He loved to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and truly cared about people as a whole for their souls. Until his health failed, he was pastor of Mt. Zion No. 2 Baptist Church.
He was employed by Scotch Lumber Company for 30 years, retiring in 2008.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving and devoted wife of 33 years, Barbara Jenkins, Whatley; three sons, Christopher (Tineka) Pace, Jacksonville, N.C., Errick (Alesha) Pace, Cedar Hill, Texas and Morrio (Buffy) Pace, Grove Hill; one daughter, Kimberly Jenkins Grayson, Whatley; one sister, Margie ( Jerome) Berry, Bronx, N.Y.; motherin law, Edwina Davis, Grove Hill; eight brothersin law, Charles Horne and Evangelist Jackie (Dice) Davis, both of Mobile, Rev. Tommie (Marcie) Davis, Montgomery, Robert (Mary) Davis and McKenzie Foreman, both of Whatley, Johnnie (Ethel) Foreman, Grove Hill, James Foreman, Mississippi, Robert Foreman, Atmore; nine sistersin law, Mary ( James) Bargainer and Carolyn Chapman, both of Whatley, Eddie Mae Cunningham, Grove Hill, Rochelle Kidd and Tanya Kidd, both of Monroeville, Minnie Pritchett, Walker Springs, Ella (Ralph) Newsome, Chickasaw, Mary Belton, Columbus, Ga., and Barbara Harris, Florida; 14 grandchildren, Breunka, Jacoby, Tavis, Darrius, Errick Jr., Serenity, Christopher, Christopher D., Jatus, Javelin, Cedrick, Jayda, Amari and Jayden; devoted caregiver / daughter, Buffy Pace; special friends, Rev. Clayton Davis Sr., Rev. William Jackson III, Rev. Jimmy Snell, Rev. James McGhee and Mrs. Vera Chapman; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other close relatives and friends.
The service was March 16 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion No. 2 Baptist Church in Grove Hill with Revs. William Jackson III, pastor, and James McGhee Jr. officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion No. 2 Bapist Church.
Jackson Memorial Funeral Home directed.
Pallbearers were his friends and nephews; flower bearers were his nieces and cousins.