Willis “Herman” Jenkins, Sr. 91, of Pinson, AL, formerly of Johnson City, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Serena Reid Jenkins, of Pinson, AL; his son, Willis Herman “Jenks” Jenkins Jr. and wife, Beverly, of Jonesborough, TN; his daughters, Beverly White and husband, Mike, of Nashville, TN, and Julie Kern and husband, Jim, of Roanoke, VA; and his step-daughters, Traci Wilkey and husband, Allen, of Trussville, AL, and Melissa Gilbert, of St. Petersburg, FL; and eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Herman was born in Tarboro, NC, graduated from Christ School in Asheville, NC. He served his country in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman in both World War II and the Korean War. He pursued and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from the University of Virginia and earned a master’s degree in Hospital Administration from Georgia State University.
Over the next 40+ years, he had a very rewarding career, serving as Administrator of Copper Basin Hospital in Copper Hill, TN, Assistant Administrator of Johnson City Hospital in Johnson City, President and CEO of Cooper Medical (University) Hospital in Camden, NJ, and in administration in Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma, LA. Later in his career worked for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.
Funeral services were held May 16, 2012, at Ridout’s Trussville Chapel in Trussville, AL, and burial at the Alabama National Cemetery, Montevallo, AL.