Derrell Allen Jenkins
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1972 - 2013
Derrell Allen Jenkins, 41, of Milton, FL, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at a hospital in Pensacola, FL.
He was preceded in death by both parents, Allen Jenkins and Willie Pearl Gamble Jenkins.
Derrell was born in New London, CT. He moved to Milton, FL, while in grade school when his father was stationed at NAS Whiting Field.
He was a member of the Milton High School Class of 1990. He received a mechanical engineering degree from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering in 1995. Derrell interned and co-oped at Gulf Power. Smitten with the "acting bug" he was chosen as a feature player in the movie G.I. Jane. Many auditions and bit parts followed. He was a substitute teacher at his alma mater, MHS. He later substituted at Edgewater High School in Orlando. He worked part-time at Universal Studios in Orlando where he became stage manager. Derrell then moved to California to pursue a career in acting, auditioning also in New York.
Derrell leaves to cherish his memory one brother, Gregory Scott Jenkins of Milton, FL; three aunts, Nora Gamble of Bridgeport, CT, Evelyn (Harold) Cowan and Elizabeth "Betty" (Arthur) Hilson all of Lakeland, GA; one uncle, Johnny (Diane) Jenkins of Lakeland, GA; two great aunts, Dorothy Hester and Mary Alice Bray both of Lakeland, GA; one great uncle, Willie Gaskins of Lakeland, GA; two nephews, Marcus Scott Jenkins and Levonnie Kates both of Aurora, CO; and a host of cousins, other relatives, special friends and "adopted" aunts, brothers and sisters.
Visitation/Celebration of Life will be held 6-8 pm, Friday, September 6, 2013, at First Assembly of God, 6163 Dogwood Dr., Milton, FL. Services will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, September 7, 2013 at First Assembly. Interment will follow at Serenity Gardens.
Trahan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Sept. 5, 2013