James E. Jenkins
James E. Jenkins
  • May 3, 1932 - December 19, 2017
  • Clinton, Mississippi

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James Edward Jenkins, 85, of Clinton, MS, passed away on the afternoon of December 19, 2017. Mr. Jenkins was born May 3, 1932, in McAdams, MS. He graduated from Kosciusko High School where he was a proud Whippet. Visiting with other Kosciusko Whippets at high school reunions continued to be an anticipated event that he thoroughly enjoyed.

While stationed with the Air Force in Alaska, Mr. Jenkins fell in love with the beauty of the mountains and the desire to travel - a passion that led to many memorable trips around the US. After his military years, he returned to Jackson, MS, and attended Draughon's Business College. It was there that he spotted a beautiful young brunette who caught his eye. Her contagious, bright smile reeled him in and his heart was forever sealed. Mr. Jenkins and Mary Lou Haddox were married after a short courtship - a marriage that lasted 62 years. With the devotion and encouragement of his wife and parents, Mr. Jenkins earned his accounting degree from Mississippi State University in 1959. He went on to earn his CPA and work for several businesses as an accountant specializing in the oil and gas industry.

While Mr. Jenkins enjoyed crunching numbers, his number one love was his family. His five children were raised with stern and strict guidelines that were enveloped in tenderness, compassion, and encouragement. His rules were clear and his expectations were above standard, yet his heart was warm and understanding. His Christian faith and daily walk have been a constant example for his children and for anyone who had the privilege of meeting him.

Mr. Jenkins is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Haddox Jenkins; five children, Jeanne and husband Abe Ebey of Denham Springs, LA; Ron Jenkins and wife Melanie of Summerville, SC; Phyllis and husband Doc Peavy of Pelahatchie, MS; Kerry Jenkins and wife Tonya of Biloxi, MS; and Thomas Jenkins and wife Samantha of Madison, MS. His 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren were truly 'great and grand' in his sight and it was often noted that his 'strict disciplinary methods' seemed to mellow as he aged. His grandchildren include Chamie Ebey Thornton, Clint Ebey, Cal Ebey, Ben Jenkins, Amber Jenkins Foster, Jep Peavy, Coleman Jenkins, Emily Jenkins, Sophia Jenkins, Savannah Jenkins, and Sierrah Jenkins. His 12 great-grandchildren include Callan, Cooper, and Carys Thornton; Ainsley, Casen, and Owen Ebey; Samuel and Liv Jenkins; Addison and Amelia Foster; and Skyla and Clara Jenkins.

Visitation for Mr. Jenkins will be held at First Baptist Church, Clinton, on Thursday, December 21, 2017, from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue Friday, December 22, 2017, at 10:00 am with funeral services beginning at 11:00 am. Graveside services will follow at 3:00 pm at Coleman Cemetery in McAdams, MS.