Alice Wright Jenkins

October 1, 2009


AULANDER – Alice ‘Skippy’ Wright Jenkins, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend, peacefully passed away October 1, 2009. She was 91.

Mrs. Jenkins was born on May 28, 1918 to the late James L. Wright and Fate Harris Wright in Greensboro, NC. In 1939 she graduated from the North Carolina College for Women with a teaching degree. Soon afterward, she moved to Aulander, NC with her husband Herbert Jenkins.

‘Skippy’ was passionate about dancing and an avid reader. She was dedicated to her family and gracious with everything she had. For as long as I can remember she welcomed people into her home and offered the most southern hospitality. If you came to visit Skippy you were sure to leave with some of her famous peanut brittle. She shared her countless poetry books with anyone who was interested and was always eager to hear from family and friends. She loved her children, adored her grandchildren, and (secretly) delighted in her great grandchildren the most. She was the strongest woman I’ve ever known and her kindness and love affected many.

She was a long time member of Aulander Baptist Church and her faith in Christ was evident in her life. She was a member of the Aulander Ladies Auxiliary and the Aulander Baptist Church Missionary Prayer Group.

‘Skippy’ was preceded in death by her loving husband, Herbert Jenkins Sr.; and her first grandson, Tripp Joyner. She is survived by her three children: Sue and her husband Jimmy Joyner, of Greensboro, NC, Peg and her husband, Jack Brinkley of Aulander, and Dick and his wife Anne of Raleigh, NC. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Clint Brinkley and his wife Stephanie and their children, Alex and Austin; Ginger Brinkley Thornton and her husband James Thornton and their children, Ann Fate and Alice; Lauren Jenkins Hoffert and her husband James Hoffert and their son, Owen; and Hannah Jenkins. Also surviving is her sister, Jenney Brewer of Wake Forest, NC; and a lbrother Chester Wilkinson of Jacksonville, FL.

Visitation at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home will be Saturday night from 7:00 to 8:30. A private interment ceremony will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m., followed by a memorial service at Aulander Baptist Church at 3:00 p.m. The Rev. Jerry Johnson and Rev. Robbie Parker will officiate. Her family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Aulander Baptist Church.

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Garry Collins
14 years ago


I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your mother. May you find comfort in the perfect peace of our Lord.

Jody Pitts
14 years ago

I will always charish the memories of staying with Skippy on our hunting and fishing trips. Skippy seemed to love everyone and I am honored that she thought so highly of me.She will be greatly missed. She and her family are always in my prayers.

Phil & Alice Coggin
14 years ago

What a beautiful LADY she was!!!

You never get over losing a Mother but time does make it a little better.

Our prayers are with all of you this sad time in your life. please know we care.

We wii always remember Alice (skippy).

Bunny Askew Brady
14 years ago

Peggy, Skippy was one of the most respected ladies in Aulander and will always be remembered by those who knew her.

Bunny, Robin, Turk, Nick and Phyllis

Blondie Johnson
14 years ago

To the Jenkins Family,

Although you may not know me your Mom was very special to me. I loved her and her daughter Sue Joyner. She sent me many many bags of peanut brittle and I got the chance to meet her only once.

I pray that you will have peace and serenity within.

Wendy Whiting
14 years ago

I haven’t seen Miss skippy in years but I do remember her—she ALWAYS had a smile on her face. She was one of those special women in Aulander that I will always remember.My prayer for you is that you keep those good memories close to your heart– Bless you all–

Wendy (Toni’s daughter)

Jean and Eddie Parker
14 years ago

Peg, I was away overnight Friday and have just gotten around to reading the paper and learning of your Mom’s death. Wanted to let you know that I am sorry, but know that wonderful memories of your Mom are yours. What a wonderful lady she was.

Jerri and Duck Harrell
14 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. She was a gracious Southern Lady” All our love goes to everyone.

Merritt & Betty Peele
14 years ago

Peggy, so sorry for your loss. “Skippy” was such a joy to be around during the “4th of July” picnics at the beach. We know you will miss her. Sincere sympathy – Merritt & Betty

Janet Emory
14 years ago

Miss Skippy and her beloved, Mr. Herbert, were both wonderful people who affected the lives of all who had the opportunity to know them.

They certainly left a legacy of hope and faith for their family and friends to follow.

Though you are hurting and saddened now from your loss of one so very dear may you hold on to the certainty that they are reaping their reward, renewed and together again in their well earned, eternal home.

God bless and keep you all always.

Janet Emory and Family