James Franklin Jenkins, Sr., 63, of Newport News, passed away at his home Thursday, October 27, 2011 after a short illness.
He was a supervisor in X32 at the Newport News Shipyard, serving over 46 years, and he loved his job and his people. He was a diehard Redskins fan and a Nascar fan, especially of Jeff Gordon. He also enjoyed boating and fishing. James was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and a loyal friend, always ready to help out wherever he could.
Mr. Jenkins is survived by Sherry Jenkins, his wife of 47 years; his daughter, Terry Barnes; two sons, James Franklin Jenkins, Jr. and his wife, Touktou Jenkins and James Franklin Jenkins III and Brianna Carr; three brothers, George, Robert and David; four sisters, Barbara, Mary, Violet Jean and Sandra; his grandchildren, Casey Barnes, Dillen Jenkins, Linda and Christina Laliemthavixay and Lian Vallieres; his loving mother-in-law, Frances Vaughan; and his beloved companions, Cookie and Abbey.
Special thanks to Heartland Hospice for their dedicated care.
The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel. A funeral service will be held 10 am Saturday at the funeral home followed by burial in Parklawn Memorial Park.