Deacon Willie Matthew Jenkins Sr.

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Deacon Willie MatthewJenkins, Sr.
BARNWELL - Deacon Willie Matthew Jenkins, Sr., 89, made his final transition on Friday, June 6, 2014 at his home at 100 Ned Branch Avenue, Barnwell SC after an extended illness.
Funeral will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, June 14,2014 at St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church, Elko SC. He will lie-in-state from 10 AM until hour of service. Visitation will be on Friday, June 13, 2014 at his beloved St. Thomas Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Barnwell SC from 4 - 7 PM. Interment with military honors will take place at Hope Memorial Park, Barnwell SC.
Born in Barnwell County on Wednesday, December 3, 1924 to his the late Paul Jenkins and the late Essie Rouse Jenkins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence and sisters, Daisy, Mattie, Emma, Ruth and Naomi.
He was joined in Holy Matrimony to the late Mrs. Johnnie Ruth Barfield Jenkins and after 52 years she was called from labor to reward. Five children were born to this union. His son, Jerry Arnold, predeceased him in 2013. He was joined in Holy Matrimony to the former Mrs. Gertrude Barker Harewood on September 17, 2005.
He attended Dunbarton School in Old Ellenton SC. He was a devoted member at St. Thomas Grove Church where he served a Chair of the Deacons Ministry, Ushers, and Choir. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1943 and was honorably discharged in 1946. He retired from Flour Daniel - Clarion in Martin SC.
Surviving are his wife, Gertrude Jenkins of the home; son, Willie Matthew Jenkins, Jr. of Barnwell SC; four daughters, Brendolyn (Bobby) Boseman of Aiken SC, Cynthia Jenkins of York SC, Sandra (Ronald) Simmons of Irmo SC, and Patricia (Ronald) Todman of Brunswick GA; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grand; sister, Mrs. Essie Walker of Washington DC; a host of other loving relatives and friends.
A Service of Ministry Entrusted to the Care of Sunset View Mortuary LLC of Batesburg, SC.
Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on June 14, 2014
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