OBITUARY

Ethel E. Jenkins

April 8, 1932November 24, 2018
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Ethel Edith Jenkins passed away on November 24 at the age of 92. Ethel was a resident of Augusta, Ga for 56 years. She was married to the late SFC Albert T. Jenkins. After retiring from the Richmond County Board of Education in 1996, she spent her time fellowshipping with and nurturing her extended family. She was an avid swimmer at the Henry Brigham Community Center, and a passionate gardener. Ethel Jenkins lived her life in service to others. Helping her community brought her joy and seeing the impact of their recovery brought unity to her community for 40 years. Survivors who cherish her memory are four daughters, Sylvia Edwards, Augusta, GA, Frontaine Freeman, (Tyrone) Carrollton, TX, Saundra Coachman, (Russell) Evans, GA, Gaylord Jenkins, formerly of Naples, Italy; a son Anthony Kyler, Atlanta, GA; a sister (deceased) Elizabeth Bell, Detroit MI, nieces; Angela Jonas, Augusta, GA, Mildred Warren, Plainsboro, NJ; Tanya Williams, Plainsboro NJ; nephews, Andrew Jenkins, Frankfurt, Germany; James Jenkins, Randallstown, MD; 9 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren. The family expresses deep appreciation for the care of their mother to the staff at Eisenhower Army Medical Center and University Extended Care Westwood.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018 in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at Elliott Sons Funeral Home Lumpkin Rd. on Sunday, December 2, 2018.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, December 2, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, December 3, 2018
REMEMBERING

Ethel E. Jenkins

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Frontaine, Sylvia, Saundra, Gaylord and Anthony Jenkins

December 9, 2018

The family would like to thank you for all of the beautiful flowers and plants. The house is full of her memories.

Frontaine, Sylvia, Saundra, Gaylord and Anthony Jenkins

December 9, 2018

The family would like to thank those that sent all of the beautiful flowers and plants. The house is full of her memories.

Frontaine, Sylvia, Saundra ,Gaylord and Anthony Jenkins

December 9, 2018

Kathy Wrye

December 7, 2018

To Ethel Jenkins Family,
It was sad to hear that this beautiful , energetic, so full of life woman who I respect and look up to , whom I choose to call “ mamma “ had gone to be with her LORD . She showed me what honesty and being humble and grateful meant and helped me with her wisdom how to do the steps . She will truely be missed by me . My love be with you as the healing begins. Thank you for being understanding about having to miss her celebration of life . We just never know when the time is. Only GOD knows .

With all my love 🥰
Kathy Wrye

Rufus and Sherry Smith

December 3, 2018

Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Tracie Bouye

December 2, 2018

Ms. Ethel was the first person I could relate to in the rooms. She helped open my mind and my heart to a whole new way of life. She gave me my first daily reflections that I still read, and always had a big hug, kiss, and a reminder to just keep coming back. She made a lasting impression in my soul. Her grace and beauty will be missed.
#andgodcalledanangel

Birdie Moten

December 1, 2018

I was introduced to Mrs. Jenkins by my nickname Button. Either she didn’t think it fit or she couldn’t remember. So one day I was peaches the next cotton. I answered to whatever she called me. She was a hoot. She made you laugh when you had no laughter. She finally settled on cotton. When she said cotton I responded😀❤️ That woman was priceless. At Frontaine and Tyrone’s 45th wedding anniversary wedding she and her walker put most of us semi young ones to shame. She danced like she was partying like it was 1999. The world has lost a light. Kids grandkids great grandkids I mourn with you because Ethel was awesome!

Cindy Muir

November 30, 2018

She made me laugh. Over and over and over .. one night after a late late meeting I was taking her home and we decided we were hungry. The only place we saw open was a Korean restaurant. She asked me if I thought the menu was in English and I said sure! We went in, Sat down, and picked up the menu. It was in Korean, no English.. and we got the giggles. We were so bad and every time we tried to ask the waitress anything we couldn't stop giggling! We finally had to just get up and leave!!!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Ethel and her clan on her way to Puerto Rico.

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FROM THE FAMILY

Ethel and her clan on her way to Puerto Rico.

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Ethel and her two oldest girls, Sylvia and Fronnie.

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Ethel, her husband and Gaylord.

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Ethel and Candy, a.k.a., Gaylord.

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Ethel and Gaylord in New York.

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Ethel and Candy, a.k.a., Gaylord.

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Ethel's husband, Albert, and Candy, a.k.a., Gaylord.

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Ethel's husband, SFC Albert T Jenkins in Europe.

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Ethel relaxing after a long day with the kids.

Biography

      When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Ethel E. Jenkins who was indeed a born manager. She will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. She was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with her throughout her life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Ethel was an individual who clearly communicated to those around her just who she was and what she was all about. Everyone acquainted with Ethel knew her as a well-respected woman who was a stable force in her community.

       Her parents were Clayton Jones and Laura Gamble Nelson. Ethel was raised in Gadsden, Alabama; Anniston, Alabama and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Even as a youngster, Ethel learned to be objective and decisive. Her faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that she carried with her throughout her life.

      As a young girl, Ethel was able to put her natural abilities to work. She was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, she liked to organize and direct. Ethel was raised with one sibling. She had one older sister, Elizabeth. Ethel had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Ethel, this was a natural order of life, one she gladly embraced.

      Ethel's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during her childhood. As a young girl, Ethel enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. She was a member of the church choir. In her spare time she liked playing with paperdolls and dolls. Ethel's memorable achievements included.

      In school, Ethel was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. She sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of her classes. She would eagerly complete her homework, and often put in extra study time when she felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Ethel was always good at following directions and meeting her schedules, whether they were set by her teachers or were self-imposed. Ethel’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” She graduated from Howard High School, Chattanooga, Tennessee in completed the 11th grade. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      Ethel was sociable and approachable. Because she was always so straightforward in how she approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. She enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Ethel was a member of a group, her interaction worked to keep the others grounded. She wasn’t afraid to confront her friends and, when necessary, she challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Ethel came to expect her high standards of performance. While growing up, some of her best friends were Cherry and Sunny Payne. Later in life, she became friends with Chucho, Flo, Jackie, Julia, Elnora, Joyce, Tia, Joseph, Al, Richard, Leroy, Phyllis, Pat Georgianna, Elie and Billie.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Ethel reveled in the security of her family. One of Ethel’s most endearing qualities was her uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and her unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for her family and friends.

      Ethel was ever watchful of her children. She worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. She maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Ethel would give her stamp of approval to their requests, as long as she could see how they might benefit. She also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that her children were properly raised. Ethel was blessed with five children, four daughters, Sylvia, Frontaine, Saundra and Gaylord and one son, Anthony. They were also blessed with nine grandchildren, Cossaundra, Audrey, Paul, Michael, Nitishia, Saundrell, Rochelle, Tiffany and Gregory.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Ethel was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. She was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Ethel was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. She worked cooperatively and expected the same from her colleagues. In both her personal and professional environments, Ethel upheld her standards. Her primary occupation was dietitian. She was employed for 20 years by the Board of Education, Richmond County, Georgia. Ethel was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Ethel approached her leisure time in the same manner that she approached her life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, she appreciated the hours she was able to devote to her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were swimming. Ethel was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Ethel to do in life and that carried over to her enjoyment of sports. She also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were basketball and football.

      Being generous with her time and energy, Ethel liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. She was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. Her desire to uphold traditions and her ability to take charge of any type of project made her a tremendous asset. Throughout her later years, Ethel was an active member of the Parent Teachers Association.

      Faith was important to Ethel. She held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay she saw around her. For that reason she held deep spiritual beliefs that she was willing to share. She was a member the Immaculate Conception Church and St. Joseph Church.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Ethel used her scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that she made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Ethel had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included Naples, Italy and Hilton Head, South Carolina.

      Ethel was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Ethel’s favorites was Fufe, a Poodle. They were best friends for 12 years.

      When Ethel’s retirement finally arrived in 1996, she was well prepared. She used her critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. In retirement, she found new pleasure in swimming. In many ways, Ethel loved retirement. It provided her with the opportunity to catch up with her friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Ethel passed away on November 24, 2018 at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia. Ethel lost her life to cardiac arrest. She is survived by four daughters, Sylvia, Frontaine, Saundra and Gaylord and one son, Anthony; her grandchildren Cossaundra, Audrey, Paul, Michael, Nitishia, Saundrell, Rochelle, Tiffany and Gregory. Services were held at St. Joseph Church, Augusta, Georgia. Ethel was laid to rest in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Augusta, Georgia.

      All who knew her would agree that Ethel was a pillar of the community. She lived her life with her feet firmly on the ground. She had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in her thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. She was willing to share her ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Ethel E. Jenkins did her best to ensure that her family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life she touched was given the chance to become a better person.