Thomas Joseph Jenkins, Jr.

November 7, 1931July 12, 2014

Thomas Joseph Jenkins, Jr. of Palm Bay, Florida, lived 82 years until his passing on July 12, 2014 in Melbourne, Florida. Tom was born in Columbia, South Carolina on November 7, 1931 to Thomas Joseph Jenkins, Sr. and Carmen Busto Jenkins. He moved with his family to Florida at an early age. Tom served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1954 with the rank of Staff Sergeant before attending the University of Florida. He graduated in 1959 with a degree in Marketing. While Tom was in college, he met his wife Patricia (Patti). Tom and Patti were married for 57 years. Tom first came to Brevard County in 1961 and his career in corporate marketing and public relations developed as he invested himself in the local community, including his work in various divisions of Harris Corporation and City Manager of Palm Bay for two years from 1974 to 1976. Tom was as avid reader and loved sailing, photography, and fishing. Everyone who met him experienced his easy going personality and loving smile. Tom is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Patricia Jenkins, his son Glenn Jenkins and wife Karen Jenkins, Grandchildren Rachel, Cole, and Jack Jenkins; his daughter Jayna Jenkins and grandchildren Layla Lazouski and Daniel Snyder; and his sisters Rita Riffel, Carmen Nichols and Dolores Jenkins. Fountainhead Funeral Home in charge of services.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Thomas Joseph Jenkins, Jr. Memorial Fund, supporting research efforts and awareness of stroke prevention and recovery. Funds will go to the National Stroke Association. Information regarding donations: The Memorial Service is scheduled for Friday, July 25th at 1:00 P.M. at Fountainhead Funeral Home in Palm Bay, Fl.


  • Memorial Service Friday, July 25, 2014

Thomas Joseph Jenkins, Jr.

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July 25, 2014

Uncle Tommy was always a pleasure to be around and talk with at our family gatherings. I will remember him fondly. Aunt Patti, Jayna and Glen you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jeanie Sproul

July 25, 2014

What a wonderful man! I will miss him dearly. We lived very far away from each other but he never changed his gentle ways and that great smile

Jeanie Ensell Sproul
Bend, oregon


July 24, 2014

Uncle Tommy was a great uncle to me. He was also my Godfather. I'm going to miss seeing him at family gatherings. I will never forget his smile. I'm praying for you Aunt Patti, Jayna and Glenn. Rest in Peace Uncle Tommy. Love, Dawn

Joni McDermott

July 24, 2014

Our relationship with Tom, our brother-in-law,was built slowly over the years, of shared experiences. There were many Easter celebrations that were nothing short of family reunions - not to mention many anniveries and birthdays. As we look back, we can still hear Tom's laughter at the antics put on by his children and their cousins at these get-togethers. Actually, we all laughed, and from this came a great friendship and gratitude that he was in our family. We will surely miss that face, that smile, but we will always remember them too - and all those good times.

Always in our hearts,

Joni and Bob McDermott, Jacksonville, Fl.

July 15, 2014

We are all so saddened to lose one of our very favorite library visitors. Mr. Jenkins, we will never forget your smile.

In loving memory,

The staff of the Franklin DeGroodt Memorial Library, Palm Bay