Joseph Dwight “Billy” Jenkins, Sr., 77, died peacefully surrounded by his family Tuesday morning, July 8, 2008 at Roanoke Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie, North Carolina.
He was born July 11, 1930 in Potecasi in Northampton County. He managed the family farm staring 1949 until he was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1954 where he served overseas in Germany and Austria during the Korean War. He married his childhood sweetheart, Aileen Autrey Brown on June 23, 1956. Upon returning home from the service, he attended Chowan College and returned to farming retiring in 1996. He was also a part time rural mail carrier for many years.
Billy loved his family, farming, friends, sports, and horses. He served his community and fellow man in many differnt roles. He was a member of the Potecasi Masonic Lodge, served on the Farmers Home Administration Committee, Chairman of Woodland Precinct for Board of Elections and Woodland Baptist Church. He served as President of Woodland Men’s Club and Coastal Plain Horse Show Circuit. He coached Little League Baseball in Woodland for several years and was Varsity Girls Softball Coach for Northeast Academy. He has hosted the Woodland Horse Show for over 30 years. He was an avid supporter of the N. C. State Highway Patrol.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Autrey B. Jenkins; daughter, Aileen J. Staples and husband, Jim Staples and their children, Caroline, Alison and Jay of Wake Forest; son Joseph Dwight Jenkins, Jr. and wife Catherine Jenkins and their children Josie Lee and Lily of Kernersville. He is also survived by two sisters, Marion Bridgers of Conway and Marjorie Younts and husband, Tommy of High Point; and sisters-in-law, Blannie Jenkins of Wilson Mills, Montie Jenkins of Pendleton, Doris Jenkins of Greenville, and Mary Lois Nooney of Roanke Rapids. In addition, he is survived by ten nieces, seven nephews, their children, many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Rebecca; his parents, Ernest and Nita Jenkins; sister, Lois Daughtry; brothers, Lenwood “Red”, James, Elmer, A.J. and Bobby.
The family wishes to express its deepest gratitude and appreciation to the many wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff members at Roanoke Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie, North Carolina, for their kindness, constant care, and attentiveness during Billy’s last days.