John Henry “Jack” Jenkins, age 89 of Forest City passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014.
He was born September 22, 1924 in Rockingham, NC and was a son of the late John Evander Jenkins and Annie Jane Russell Jenkins. Jack was a member of Race Path Baptist Church where he served many years as the Music Director and was a member of the choir. He also served other Baptist churches as music director including Bethany, Sandy Mush, Adaville, and Main Street. He also was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1945 at the rank of GM 3td Class aboard the USS Ganter and USS Rogers Blood. He received his BA Degree from Limestone College, his Masters Degree and EDS from Appalachian State University.
Jack was an educator with the Rutherford County School System serving his entire tenure at Sunshine Elementary School where he taught four years and the remaining time as Principal and retired with twenty-four years service in 1985. He was a dedicated member of Gideon’s International since 1974 and enjoyed fishing, vegetable gardening and amateur photography. He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Myles Evans in 1956 and brother, Bill Jenkins of Wadesboro, NC.
Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Geneva Drum Jenkins of the home, two daughters, Debbie Robbins and husband Larry, Gleena Bright and husband Max all of Forest City, brother, J. R. Jenkins and wife Fran of Mill Spring, NC, sisters, Margaret Hopper of Charlotte, Lois Propst of Green Hill, Sue Shepard of Forest City and Ann Lancaster and husband Harold of Conway, AR. There are three grandchildren, Sherri Robbins Kennedy, Starr Bright Morrow, and Brannon Bright, six great-grandchildren, Deborah Robbins Kennedy, Matthew Kennedy, John Kennedy, McKenzie Morrow, Montana Bright, and McCray Bright.
Funeral services were held at Race Path Baptist Church with Reverend Randall Cooper and Reverend John Godfrey officiating. Interment followed in the Cool Springs Cemetery with military honors by the Rutherford County Honor Guard.Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International, PO Box 834, Forest City, NC 28043.
The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.