“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.”
Robert Jenkins was the 5th son born (March 10, 1957) to the Late Benjamin A. Jenkins and Polly Carmichael Jenkins. He departed this life on Friday, March 13, 2020 at his home. Robert grew up in “Oven-bottom” in Lake View, South Carolina on the family farm. He was proceeded in death by his parents and three brothers.
Robert graduated from Lake View High School in 1975. He also graduated from South Carolina State College where he received a degree in Civil Engineering. He also served in the US Navy Reserve. He returned to Oven-bottom and began working at Carpostan Industries Inc., and Pilliod, Inc. He soon moved to Jacksonville, Florida where he began his career in Civil Engineering at the US Army Corps of Engineers where he worked diligently for 32 years. He retired in 2017 with many accomplishments and awards.
He was a faithful associate member of New Bethel AME Church in Jacksonville, Florida. He served and sang on the Men’s Choir. He loved and cherished his New Bethel family but longed for his home in Oven-Bottom. He returned home in 2017 and immediately began working and serving in the church (Union AME Church). Presently serving as Trustee Pro-Tem. “Robert’s Vision” was to restore Union to its former glory by initiating restoration projects. He also served as a Class Leader and song on the Senior and Adult Choirs, and Male Chorus. Robert was passionate about his God and his love of Jesus, witnessing, dancing, singing, golfing, entertaining family and friends, grooming and riding horses on the family ranch.
Robert was affiliated with but not limited to the following organizations: St. Mark Lodge #71, St. Mark Chapter #57, Beulah Light Chapter #9, W. H. Bethea Council #10, MLK Jr. Commandery #14, and the Rico Mack Scholarship Fund, Jacksonville, Florida.
Robert leaves to cherish fond memories – Three brothers Mitchell (Peggy) Jenkins, Sr. of Charleston, SC, Charlie (Pernell) Jenkins, Sr. of District Heights, MD, and Ronald (Cathey) Jenkins, Sr. of Lake View, SC – Three sisters Sandria E. Brown, of Lake View, SC, Mary (Charles) Potter, Sr. of District Heights, MD, and Gerlene (Charles) Brigman, Sr. of Lake View, SC – One Aunt Grace Ford Belon – Eight Nephews, Fifth-teen Nieces, and a host of Great Nieces and Great Nephews, Cousins, Brotherly Friends, and Friends everywhere. A cherished friend, Joann Carmichael.
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