Fallen Hero: SGT Jerry Lin Jenkins Sr. (Ret)


Funeral Home

Marshall Funeral Home


Saturday, July 8,  2023,  1-3 PM, McDowell Nance Temple (125 Old Airport Rd, Hattiesburg, MS


Saturday, July 8,  2023,  3 PM, McDowell Nance Temple (125 Old Airport Rd, Hattiesburg, MS


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 Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on Jun 30, 2023.  SGT Jerry Lin Jenkins Sr. (Ret), age 78, who had served as a member of the MS Army National Guard  within the 3656th HEMCO, 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 Soldier. 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 Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Jerry Lin Jenkins Sr. of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, who passed away on June 30, 2023, at the age of 78, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends are welcome to send flowers or leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.

He was predeceased by : his daughter Elizabeth “ReRe” Jenkins; his parent Thomas; and his siblings, Juanita Johnson, Louis “Sonny Boy” Jenkins, Theodore Jenkins, James Jenkins and Larry.

He is survived by : his significant other Alvenia Jenkins of Hattiesburg, MS; his children, Jerry Jenkins Jr. of Hattiesburg, Anthony Jenkins of Hattiesburg, Chris Jenkins (Melonie) of Hattiesburg, Kenny Williams of Hattiesburg, Richard Williams (Brenda) of Hattiesburg, Greg Moore of Hattiesburg, Kimberly Jenkins of Hattiesburg, Mary Jenkins of Hattiesburg, Madison Jenkins of Hattiesburg, Dianne Guinn of Hattiesburg and Sherry Lawrence Williams of Hattiesburg; his siblings, Thomas Jenkins (Ida) of Hattiesburg, Willie Jenkins of Hattiesburg, Alvin Jenkins (Oddie) of Hattiesburg, Carrie Hopes of Cleveland, OH, Flora Thompkins of Hattiesburg, Rena Jenkins of Hattiesburg, Eloise Shepherd of Hattiesburg and Deborah Jenkins of Hattiesburg; and his sister-in-law Regertha Jenkins of Hattiesburg. He is also survived by twenty grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Jerry was born in McLaurin, MS to the late Thomas “TC” Calvin and Elizabeth Jenkins June 30! 1945.  He graduated from Earl Travillion High School.  Jerry joined the MS National Guard in 1973 serving in the 3656 Maintenance Company in Camp Shelby.  He retired in 1994 after twenty one years of dedicated service.   After retirement, he worked as a supervisor at Camp Shelby for eleven years and retired as a civilian in May of 2004, giving Camp Shelby a total of thirty-two years of his service.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 8th 2023 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the McDowell Nance Temple (125 Old Airport Rd, Hattiesburg, MS 39401). A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 8th 2023 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM at the same location.