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Ronald Jenkins Sr.
September 19, 2022
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“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels, nor demons, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
Ronald (Ron) Jenkins Sr. a.k.a. “Fireball” a.k.a. “Frostbite” peacefully departed this life on Monday, 19 September 2022 at his home, in Lake View, South Carolina, surrounded by his loving wife, siblings, and children. He was preceded in death by his parents: Benjamin A. Jenkins and Polly Carmichael Jenkins of Lake View, South Carolina, and three brothers: Alonzo Jenkins, Albert B. Jenkins, and Robert Jenkins.
Ron was born in Lake View, South Carolina on 16 July 1959. He was a graduate of Lake View High School (LVHS) class of 1977. He enlisted in the United States Navy in June of 1978 where he served honorably as an Air Traffic Controller until the end of his eight-year commitment, separating from active-duty service at the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. Upon his discharge, he joined the Federal Aviation Administration where he diligently worked as an Air Traffic Controller, retiring after 30 years of honest and faithful service. He retired in 2015 with many awards and accolades.
A natural born leader, Ron participated in key leadership roles in several organizations. Northeast Regional President of the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (1994-1998), Worshipful Master of St. Mark Lodge #71 of Lake View, South Carolina (2010-2011), a founding member of the Charlotte chapter of the Sons of Solomon Motorcycle Club located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and an Associate Patron of St. Mark Chapter Order of the Eastern Stars (OES) #57 of Lake View, South Carolina. He was an active member of the Beulah Light Chapter #9 in Lake View South Carolina, a former member of St. Mark A.M.E. Church in Oxon Hill Maryland, a trustee of Union A.M.E. Church in Lake View South Carolina and an active member of the Heroines of Jericho in Lake View, South Carolina.
Ron was a man of many talents and interests. He enjoyed golfing, riding/racing motorcycles, traveling to new and exciting places, participating in various community service and outreach programs, witnessing, dancing, singing, mentoring, and spending time with his family and friends.
Ron leaves behind to cherish his loving memories – his wife of 20 years, Cathey (Billups) Jenkins of Lake View, South Carolina, his three children: Ronald Jenkins Jr. Of Jacksonville, Florida, Zackarie J. Jenkins Sr. of Columbia, South Carolina, Natasha V. Jenkins of Columbia, South Carolina, seven sisters: Sandria E. Brown of Lake View, South Carolina, Mary J. (Charles) Potter of District Heights Maryland, Gerlene (Charles) Brigman of Lakeview South Carolina, Shirbey (Hal) Johnson of Lake View, South Carolina, Betty (Charlie) Corbin of Columbia, South Carolina, Judy Johnson of Fork, South Carolina, Ester (Agnew) Cummings of New York, New York, three brothers: Mitchell (Peggy) Jenkins Sr. of Charleston, South Carolina, Charlie (Pernell) Jenkins Sr. of District Heights Maryland, Matthew (Joyce) Billups of Florence, South Carolina, Five grandchildren: Zaryn Jenkins, Zyrell Jenkins, Kinsley Jefferson, Zackarie J. Jenkins Jr., Olivia A. Jenkins, and a host of nieces nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, brotherly friends, and friends everywhere.