Bill Wells, Ben Holder, Doug Bailey, Doc Goodall, Jackie Eller, Phillip Brockette, Don Winn, and Autrey (Sarge) Dyes served as honorary pallbearers. Brian Jenkins, Jon Hesson, Josh Boles, Cody Miller, Shane Hesson, Mickey McClard, and Jamie McKnight served as active pallbearers. Interment followed in the Long Creek Cemetery.
James Jenkins was born on Thursday, November 1, 1934, in Macon County, one of two sons, to the late Jimmy Cordell and Viola (Collins) Jenkins. He is survived by his wife, Lillie Mai (Gross) Jenkins, who he married on November 28, 1964, sharing forty-three years together. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Hillis better known as “Tudor” Jenkins.
He was self-employed, working as a contractor, a salesman, and in real estate. He was a member of several organizations including; Lafayette Masonic Lodge No. 543 F&AM, Scottish Rites Mason, Al Meanah Shrine Temple of Nashville, Macon County High School Alumni Association, Macon County Chamber of Commerce, The RAD Committee, a Director of Long Creek Cemetery, and a member of the Brattontown Missionary Baptist Church.
Besides his wife, Lillie Mai, he is survived by; sons, Barry Jenkins, and Randy (Debbie) Jenkins all of Lafayette, Tenn., daughter, Charlotte Jenkins of Bethesda, Md., three grandchildren, Deneshia (Jon) Hesson, Bridget (Josh) Boles, Brian Jenkins, four great-grandchildren, Cody Miller, Shane Hesson, Trista Jenkins, Brandon Jenkins, step-granddaughter, Turell (Tracy) Wix, niece, Conchita (Maylon) Meek, and devoted cousin, Jessie Mae Meador Leath.