May 23, 1943 - February 11, 2022
John L. Jenkins, age 79, of Nora, Virginia, passed away to be with his Heavenly Father Friday, February 11, 2022 at Bristol Memorial Regional Hospital surrounded by his family, following a farm dozer accident. He was born May 23, 1943 in Wakenva, Virginia, a son of the late Lofie and Effie Holbrook Jenkins. His work ethic was likened to a Duracell battery. He kept his namesake “John L. Lewis” eyebrows. He was a beloved shepherd of his flock and the Lord’s. His motto “I would rather wear out than rust out”. If ever there was a walking historian, he possessed the “facts”. Memories recalled the hardships of his family, brothers adventures, neighbors, and community. Dedicated to his family, farm and garden. He attended and was baptized in 1974 at the St. Paul United Methodist Church, St. Paul, Virginia. John and his wife Lois Gay loved to work the Farmers Markets in Clintwood and Abingdon, Virginia. They were vendors at the Fall Fling in Wise, Virginia for six years. He attended Ervinton High School in Nora, Virginia. His preparation for about 40 years in construction was certifications in Masonary and Welding. The Army draft called in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves for eight years, 80th Division, 319 Regiment, and was attached to the 4th Infantry. He graduated Drill Sergeant at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, then transferred to train troops in Ft. Lewis, Washington. His awards were Good Conduct Medals, Marksmanship, and qualifications were the 50 cc Automatic Machine Gun, M I Rifle, M14 and M16 Automatic Rifles, M60 Machine Gun and the M79 Rocket Launchers. He took great pride in his military service, he was proud to wear the title “Veteran”. Also, he was a member of the Coalfield Sheep Association, Clintwood, Virginia. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Robert, Harold, Eugene(Army), Earl and wife Lois, and Glen; and one sister, Glenda Kay. He is survived by: His Wife of 53 years: Lois Gay Jenkins Three Brothers: Don Jenkins(Army) and wife, Gloria of Abingdon, Virginia; Bill “Billy Joe” Jenkins(Army) and wife, Linda of Bristol, Virginia, and Rick “Ricky” and wife, Diane of Jonesville, Virginia Three Sisters: Vangeline Chafin and husband, Dean of Bristol, Tennessee; Brenda Hobbs of Bristol, Tennessee; and Phyllis Denton and husband, Larry of Bristol, Virginia Three Sisters-in-law: Margaret Jenkins of Chrestview, Florida; Carol Jenkins of Lebanon, Virginia; and Cornelia Jenkins of Castlewood, Virginia A spiritually-adopted daughter: Jennifer “Jinn” Gibson of Castlewood, Virginia John’s loving dog companion: “Sweets” of the home The family will receive friends Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the St. Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. Pam Sutherland and Rev. LeRoy Hull officiating. Masks and social distancing will be required. Burial will follow in the Jenkins Family Cemetery, Long Ridge Section, Nora, Virginia with VA Army National Guard performing Military Honors. Pallbearers will be Bill Jenkins, Glen Jenkins, Jr.(Navy and Army), Lee Jenkins, Jason Hobbs, Dearl Long, Damon Rasnick, and John Damon Rasnick. Honorary pallbearers will be Curt Mullins, Damon Rasnick family, John Damon Rasnick family, Steve, Allen, Paul and Curt Jenkins, Ernie Jenkins, Robert Jenkins, Michael Jenkins, Dennis Jenkins, Brian Jenkins, Lee and Josh Jenkins, Travis Mullins, Jerry Stinson, Charlie Wood, Scott Mullins, Danny Powers, Donald “Slick” Osborne, Dennis Sutherland, Bob, Adam, Sam, Matt Gibson, Bob Bryant, Dwight McCoy, Lee Hale Rev. Orlando Salazar, Rev. Jeff Wright, Rev. Le Roy Hull, Neil McCoy, Bob Harrison, Men of St. Paul Methodist Church, and all Veterans(Guard Dogs). The family would like to extend special thanks to all the Trauma and Critical Care Team Doctors and the ICU4 Nurses at Bristol Memorial Regional Hospital and the Chaplain Scott Broyles, Bristol, Tennessee. Loving thanks to family and friends for calls, texts, cards, and flowers. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor John may contribute to the Jenkins Family Cemetery. Mail to Mrs. Brenda Hobbs, 2437 Windsor Ave, Bristol, TN 37620. John is now reunited with his Lord and Savior and loving family. Praise the Lord! Mullins Funeral Home and Staff are serving the Jenkins Family. Online condolences may be made at www.mullinsfuneralhome.net.
John L. Jenkins, age 79, of Nora, Virginia, passed away to be with his Heavenly Father Friday, February 11, 2022 at Bristol Memorial Regional Hospital surrounded by his family, following a farm dozer accident. He was born May 23, 1943 in Wakenva,... View Obituary & Service Information
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