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Jimmy D Jenkins

April 12, 1931 ~ August 30, 2021 (age 90)

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Funeral Services for Mr. Jimmy D. Jenkins will be held on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 11:00 AM at New Zion Baptist Church with Dr. Lamar Jones officiating and under the direction of Haggard Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at New Zion Cemetery.  A time of visitation will be held on Friday, September 3, 2021 from 5 to 7 PM at the Cpt. Wm. Perry Chapel of Haggard Funeral Home.

 Jimmy Jenkins was born to Jim B. Jenkins and Edith Mae Wallace in Overton, TX. Growing up in a small city he learned the value of communication and appropriate attitudes toward others. He united with Zion Baptist Church in Overton, TX at an early age. His original career goal was to become a professional basketball player. After high school he enlisted in the military.

 He served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. While serving during the Korean War, Jenkins earned the Korean Silver Medal with 1 Bronze Star, United Nations Silver Medal and National Defense Silver Medal. He served 8 years in the 3rd infantry division with no time lost. Upon his return home from the war, he obtained his BS and M. Ed from Prairie View A&M University. While playing basketball in college Jenkins decided to become an educator/high school coach. He wanted to uplift, empower, and motivate students to achieve scholastically as well as through the venue of sports.

Jenkins began his teaching/coaching career in Terrell, Texas, and there he coached for five years before moving to Fort Worth, Texas. His first teaching/coaching job with FWISD was at Morningside Middle School as All Sports Assistant Coach (football, track, basketball). He was transferred to I.M. Terrell, named Head Track Coach where he was the first in FWISD to participate in the Texas Relays and TSU Relays. He finished his career at Arlington Heights High School as their 1st Black Assistant Football Coach, 1st Black Head Basketball Coach, 1st Black Coach and only Black Girls Soccer Head Coach in North Texas. Even after retirement he volunteered with Jefferson ISD’s Athletic Program. A fervent believer in helping others, Jenkins established a scholarship fund at Zion Baptist Church in Overton, TX in his late mother’s name.

 He united with New Zion Missionary Baptist Church; there he served on the Scholarship committee and Pastor’s Assistant Committee. He was a member of Chapter 3694 of AARP. A serial entrepreneur:  Jewelry Salesman, Horse Racing Franchise Owner, Home Remodeling Business, Raised Black Angus Cattle, owned a Fruit Orchard, and everyone's favorite venture: Rib Shack and Rib Shack Too "Need No Teeth, to Eat My Meat." He has been the wind behind the SAILs of Summer Adventures in Learning, a non-profit organization that offers a summer enrichment program for the youth of Marion County.

Jimmy D. Jenkins is survived by his loving wife, Dr. G. A. Jenkins, Jefferson, TX; three daughters: Mary Glen of Ft. Worth, Dr. Monica Anderson of Grand Prairie, TX and Jaye Chase of Mansfield, TX; one sister, Lola Bell Wright, Dallas, TX; three grandchildren: Kimberly Glen of Atlanta, GA, Alfred Anderson, Jr. (Lesley) of Arlington, TX, and Adrian Anderson of Arlington, TX; three great-grandchildren Anthony Anderson, Apollo Anderson, and Aurora Anderson; and two canine friends: Boog Anderson and Princess Sophie of Concord. Special Friends: Jimmy Peterson, Debra K. Owens, Darryl and Cynthia Hall; a multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, students, colleagues, Army buddies and more.

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