He was born in Ohatchee, Ala., July 18, 1936, a son of the late Boyd Lee Jenkins and Ovie Lee Tidwell Jenkins, moving to Cartersville at the age of 14.
Prior to being called to the Gospel ministry at White Oak Springs Baptist Church, Mr. Jenkins was a well-known contractor in Cartersville and Dallas. He first served for eight years as a missionary to the Island of Dominica in the West Indies. While there, Mrs. Jenkins’ cousin and husband, Margaret and Parnick Jennings, Sr., served three weeks as lay missionaries. Brother Jenkins then joined the Maranatha Baptist Mission in Natchez serving 27 years, overseeing the building of Maranatha Haven. He was called as Executive Director of Baptist Pioneer Mission, overseeing the building of its three-story headquarters. Returning to Natchez, he and Brother Johnny Welborn formed Warrenton Baptist Mission Agency and Robert oversaw the erection of its Mission Building. Mr. Jenkins preached all over the South, Midwest and North and Northeast.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Boyd Ray Jenkins.
Surviving is his wife of 59 years, who served by his side in ministry, Nancy Pinson Jenkins, also formerly of Cartersville; two sons, Robert W. Jenkins, of Douglasville, and Ricky Lee Jenkins, of Natchez; two daughters, Luanne and her husband, Dan Hurst, of Hudson, Fla., and Jane and James Tipton, of Dalton; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren also survive, along with two brothers, Harris (Reba) Jenkins, of Cartersville, and Roger Dale Jenkins, of Ellijay; and one sister, Mary Carolyn (Hugh) Crosby, of Cartersville.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in White Oak Springs Baptist Church near Dallas, Ga., with Brother Joe Clifford, Brother Terry Oswalt, Brother Donald Young and Brother Curtis Gibson officiating. Music will be provided by Joe Robinson of the Good Shepherd staff. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery.
The florist will deliver to the church at 3 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 7.
The family will receive friends at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. At other hours they will be at the home of Carl and Sarah Pinson, Highway 113, Cartersville.
Pallbearers are asked to meet at the church by 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The family requests that memorials be made to Warrenton Baptist Mission Building Fund, 829 Belva Drive, Vicksburg, MS 39180. Please visit www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the online guest book and view a DVD of the life of Brother Jenkins.
Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, Inc., 2750 Shorter Ave., Rome, 706-234-9622, is serving the family of Rev. Robert W. Jenkins.