Rev. Roy J. Jenkins, Sr., age 61, of Johnson City, TN, went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Franklin Woods Community Hospital.
A lifelong native of Johnson City, he was a son of the late Cloyd Hugh and Pauline Shelton Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins was a United States Marine Veteran serving stateside during the Vietnam War era where he retired as Sergeant. He also retired from the US Postal service in July of 2012 as Lead Sales Service Associate in Johnson City. Mr. Jenkins was a faithful, longtime member of Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church, where he served as a Lay Minister, and a longtime Adult Sunday School Class teacher.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Jenkins was preceded in death by three brothers, Wayne, Charles, and Eugene Jenkins; two sisters, Carol Lee Jenkins and Polly Mae Grindstaff.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Rhonda Witt Jenkins, of the home; daughter, Lisa Soffiotto and husband Tino, Johnson City; son, Roy Jenkins, Sr. and wife Linda, Jonesborough; two grandsons, which he considered his pride and joy, Bradlee Jenkins and Trey Jenkins, both of Jonesborough; one sister, Shirley Clemens and husband Ray, Watauga. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service for Mr. Jenkins will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Crowe and Rev. Bob Davis officiating. Music will be under the direction of the Piney Grove Singers and the Quillen Family. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5:00 until 7:00 in the sanctuary of the church.
Graveside service and interment will be conducted at 11:30 A.M. Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from the Mountain Home National Cemetery with Military Honors presented by the Boone Dam V.F.W.
Those who wish to attend the graveside service are requested to meet at Appalachian Funeral Home at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Jaishanker, Whitney, Jennifer, Sarah, and others at the Regional Cancer Center for the special care and attention. Also a special thanks to the members of Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church and Enon Freewill Baptist Church for your prayers and support.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Radio Ministry of Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church, 1004 E. Lakeview Dr., Johnson City, TN 37601.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving t