John Lee Jenkins first graced this earth on June 30th 1942. He was born to the late Fred and Frances Jenkins in New York City. He was raised with his 12 siblings in Harlem. He received his education at P.S. 194 K-6th grade, and then went on to Frederick Douglas Academy High School where he obtained his high school diploma. John was a man with an extensive amount of experience and got involved in many career paths. To highlight some of his profound achievements, one of his early ventures started as a Lab Technician for the New York Presbyterian Hospital. He later moved on to provide his great services for the New York City HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development). The latest achievement that he was most proud of was becoming a New York City Police Officer where he exemplified his dedication and service to his community.
He met and fell in love with the late Juanita Emily Jenkins, throughout their marriage they conceived 3 children. John was very well known for his charismatic charm and although he maintained a great relationship with his wife and kids he later fell in love with the late Ethel Coston and throughout their devotion to one another they conceived John’s 2 youngest children. John was known to family and friends as “Lee”, he had one of the biggest caring, loving hearts and he was one of the best son, brother, father, or friend anyone can ask for. Although his devotion to his career may have taken up much of his time, John was certain he never missed any of his children’s Birthdays, Holidays, or special events. John was always looking for ways to expand his knowledge and spread his wisdom to anyone he cared for. He carried himself with such charismatic charm and he was able to communicate and carry out some of the most intellectual conversations with people, which is what made them so connected with him. John was one of the kindest, loving caring men that ever lived. He touched his community in such a way that left a big space for him in all our hearts. His personality was so strong and compassionate, the term “to know him is to love him” falls short in expressing how much he meant to all the ones he loved.
To cherish his legacy, John leaves behind: his 4 children, John Lee Jenkins Jr., Kevin Jenkins, Kasseem Jenkins and Shakama Jenkins; his 3 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 2 siblings, Eva Douglas and Prince Irving Jenkins; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, two step daughters and many dear friends.
John was preceded by his daughter, Monique Jenkins in heaven.