James Franklin Jenkins III
Known to most of us as Jamie, was truly Our Beloved. Our Lord God relieved him of all his pain and suffering on Sunday, January 17, 2016. He battled more than a year with cancer. He never gave up; he pulled strength from his entire family, especially from the Love of his life, his Mi Amor, Brianna Li. She has been by his side for 8 years.
He is preceded in death by his precious Pop, James Sr. He is survived by his devoted mother, Sherry Jenkins, his father, James Jr (Jimmy) and Stepmother, Toukou Jenkins, his Great Grandmother, Frances Vaughan, his Birth Mother, Robyn Morgan Sample, his wonderful Fiancé, Brianna Carr, his Aunt Terry Barnes, his Sisters, Casey Barnes, Linda, Tina, and Leanne Jenkins, his brothers, Jordan, Jacob, and Justice Pinkney, Dillen Jenkins, John Walker Wilson, and Jackson Morgan Brace, his Step-Parents Joseph S and Krista Pinkney.
Jamie had a life-long love for football. He played for Woodside High School and Christopher Newport University. His love carried through in his support of his favorite team, the New England Patriots. One of his most cherished memories is visiting his fiancé’s family in Boston and going to Foxboro Stadium and the Pats training facility.
As an employee of the Newport News Shipbuilding, he simultaneously attended the Apprenticeship Program and became a proud graduate in 2012 and continued his work as an Outside Machinist X43. He had a true love for his job along with his upper management and crew. He spoke of this often and always had a smile when relating one of his countless stories that came from the workplace.
Outside of working and spending time with Brianna, he cherished the time spent with all his family and treated his friends as he would his family.
He had a passion for playing paintball and video games. His favorite bands were ICP and Gorillaz. He liked his music to match his personality, fun and upbeat.
Anyone who ever met Jamie would agree that he was the guy that would fight for the underdog, do for the meek and mild, and give the shirt off his back for anyone in need.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support from all our family and friends. We wish to thank the caring staff at Mary Immaculate Hospital.
Visitation is at Altmeyer Funeral Home- Denbigh Chapel located at 12893 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News, Virginia on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 from 6-8pm. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home the following morning, Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at 11am with burial to follow at the Parklawn Cemetery on North Armistead Avenue in Hampton, Virginia.
The family is accepting flowers at the funeral home or, in lieu of flowers; donations can be made to Esophageal Cancer Research in honor of James Franklin Jenkins III.