John Allison Jenkins was born on October 4, 1935 in Washington, DC. He is the third child of ten children born to Jesse James Jenkins and Fannie Mae Jenkins. His parents, sisters (Roberta Ferebee, Jesse Mae Holmes, Joyce Harris and Christine Payne) preceded him in death. He went Home to be with the Lord on March 6, 2012 at his residence. John was educated in the District of Columbia Public School System. Staff Sergeant John A. Jenkins’ adventurous military career began in the U.S. Air Force in 1955. He was stationed in Mississippi, Korea, Japan, Massachusetts, Alaska, Nebraska, Guam, California, Turkey and finally retired after twenty years in 1975 in his hometown of Washington, D.C. He then began an illustrious career with the federal government as a Communications Specialist with the Defense Communications Agency in Arlington, Virginia. He received various awards including a Certificate of Recognition for a Special Act or Service and a Certificate of Achievement in Recognition and Appreciation of Outstanding Performance. He was blessed to retire again in 1991 from the federal government.
Anyone who really knew Johnny knew four things. He loved his family, loved the Lord, loved to talk and loved to talk about the Lord. You knew that if you said hello to John, you would be in for an extended conversation. He never met a stranger. Johnny loved the Lord, loved his church family. He was a very active member of Maple Springs Baptist Church. He was involved in the Men’s Fellowship, the Seniors Ministry and he was a Youth Sunday School Teacher. Johnny had a very giving spirit. He was an active sponsor of Feed the Children, World Vision, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and he generously gave his time to the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center.
At the tender age of 70, he returned to school and obtained his Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies; graduating cum laude from Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary. Johnny was also learning to speak Hebrew.
John is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Janie Louise Jenkins of Gray, Georgia. They were united in Holy Matrimony on December 4, 1959. From this union they were blessed with two loving daughters, Zena Jenkins-Pratt and Veronica Jenkins. They have three grandchildren (Antoine Jenkins, Dominik Jenkins Spratley and Michael-Michelle Pratt) along with three great grandchildren (James Jenkins, Mary Jenkins and Eric Jenkins). Johnny is also survived by his older brother James Jenkins (Margie Jenkins), his baby sister Saundra Payne (Russell Payne) and his youngest brother Nathaniel Jenkins (Ella Jenkins) as well as a host of nieces, nephews.