Fallen Hero: CMSgt James E. Jenkins (Ret)


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Robert Barham Family Funeral Home

6300 Hwy 39 North Meridian, MS


10:3011:45 am, Tuesday, September 12, 2023, Robert Barham Family Funeral Home


12:00 PM Tuesday, September 12, 2023, Robert Barham Family Funeral Home


Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Airman and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on September 8, 2023, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  CMSgt James E. Jenkins (Ret), age 92, who served in the MSANG and served within the 186th Refueling Wing and past president of the MSNG NCO Association has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Airman.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Airman has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Airman for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:

James E. Jenkins

November 30, 1930 – September 8, 2023

Funeral services for Mr. James Jenkins will begin at 12:00 PM Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home chapel with Dr. Marcus Finch officiating. Interment will begin at 10:00 AM Wednesday, September 13,2023 at the MS Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Newton, MS. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.

Mr. Jenkins, 92, of Meridian, died Friday, September 8, 2023 at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson following a brief illness.

James was born November 30, 1930 in Attalla County, MS to Mr. Toby Allen Jenkins and Mrs. Maggie Harmon Jenkins. He was a Deacon of Central Baptist Church in Meridian. Mr. Jenkins proudly served his Country and was a Retired Chief Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. James is survived by his children, Mike Jenkins (Beth) and Tony Jenkins (Connie); grandchildren, Tiffany Schenkl (Bobby), Erin Jenkins, Laurel Mills (Thomas), Emma Jenkins, Uriah Jenkins, and Alex Jenkins; great-grandchildren, Asher, Anderson, and Lawson Schenkl; and numerous other family members and friends.  

He is preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia Jenkins, his son, Perry Jenkins (Tess); and his parents Toby Allen and Maggie Harmon Jenkins; and his eight siblings.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Jenkins be made to Central Baptist Church.