OBITUARY

Keith Russell Jenkins

October 3, 1965June 7, 2019
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KEITH R. JENKINS was born on October 3, 1965, in Seattle, Washington to the union of Johnie and Bertha Mae Jenkins. Keith, born number ten of thirteen children, was affectionally known as “Russell” to his family and close friends. Keith accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at an early age and was baptized at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Pastor Melvin Darden in Seattle, WA. Keith graduated from Franklin High School in 1983, worked at Jenkins Asphalt as a paver, ran by his father, for several years until entering the United States Armed Forces in 1988. Throughout his military career he served in the Dessert Storm conflict in Iraq, several deployments including two tours to Korea and served all across the United States including Alaska, New York, Alabama, and Texas until honorably discharged in 1997. In 1990 Keith married Bernie Fernandez, and together they raised two daughters. Later in life he reunited with his eldest daughter and was blessed with one of the highlights of his life, his grandson Khaliel. After completing his military service and returning home, Keith joined New Direction Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Matthew J. Thornton where he served as a faithful Deacon and the church “grill master”. Keith was a member of several organizations including Timothy Lodge #202, International Free & Accepted Masons in Boynton Beach, FL, Skyway VFW 9430, Federal Aviation Administration Certification tester, The American Legion and so much more. Keith was larger than life and loved traveling internationally especially with the love of his life Shareece and with his beloved Seahawks team, fishing, cooking/smoking his famous “BBQ”, entertaining family and friends, chilling at home with his spoiled furry son “Juno” and early morning walks with the “old guy crew”. Keith will be met in Heaven by; his parents Johnie & Bertha Mae Jenkins, sister Donna M. Barber and favorite uncle Tommy Lee Jenkins. Keith leaves to cherish his memory three daughters; Sodonia R. Hollingsworth (LaQuisha), Kiara Y. Jenkins, Kiana R. Jenkins all of Seattle, WA, One furry son; “Juno” Jenkins; One grandson and fishing buddy Khaliel T. Hill; the love of his life Shareece Hayes, Ten sisters Ada Grace (Frank) of Auburn, WA, Alberta Wilson (Marion, IN), Deloris Johnson (Tacoma, WA), Jewelden Gaines (Federal Way, WA), Bertha Cambridge (Kent, WA), Darlene Adams (Donald) of Seattle, WA, Yvonia Murray – Johnson (Ronald) of Seattle, WA, Diane Jones (Portland, OR), Diana Barber (Burien, WA) and Dionne Kelley (Kent, WA); One brother Alexander Jenkins (Julie) of Lakewood, WA; “Favorite” niece/child Makela Steward (Richard); Godson: Omari Guidry; three aunts: Hattie Mae Jenkins (Georgia), Vera Mae Jenkins and Joyce Jenkins both of (Boynton Beach, FL); Uncle James Brown (Georgia) Loving Friends: Robert (Bobbie) McKinney, Cassandra Daniels, Pledge Keeley, Ray & Beverly Sandals, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends who all loved him dearly and will miss him. GONE, BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN...

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 22, 2019
  • Repast Saturday, June 22, 2019

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Alexander Jenkins

June 26, 2019

Alexander Jenkins

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Alexander Jenkins

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Alexander Jenkins

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Pam Taylor

June 26, 2019

Keith thank you for the happiness you brought to my Sorority sister Shareece Hayes. You two traveled the world and shared so many fond memories that she will always cherish. Gone way too soon may you rest in heaven. My prayers go out to her and the family as they heal. You truly have an angel watching over you!

Makela Steward

June 25, 2019

Where do I begin? You were not only my uncle, you were more like a big brother to me and you were my friend. I could call you for anything and I did. We would share gut busting laughs often, deep conversations about any and everything, you felt it was your duty in life to teach me about men, the good the bad and the ugly. You taught me how to drive at the tender age of 12 while staying with you in Alaska. You also taught me how to swim, even though you almost killed me by throwing me in the military pool. Oh the memories!!! I will miss those random phones saying you cooked so stop by, or those fun nights at karaoke laughing, singing and cutting up together, or those random BBQ’s that turn into a full out dance party in front of your garage. We were very close, you know I loved me some you and without a doubt I knew that you had my back 100%! I will miss you so much, but I am so thankful for the many years we shared. God outdid himself when he gave me you as an uncle and I promise to always do my very best to keep your legacy alive.

Love your favorite niece/child – Makela Steward

Tammy Atkins

June 25, 2019

Uncle Russell, I’m definitely going to miss that smile and your infectious laugh. There are so many stories I could tell from the past 45+ years but I’ll just leave our last fun time together which was last summer at our class reunion. Hug Mom for me! Take your rest, good night, I’ll see you in the morning.
FHS Quakers c/o 1983!

Frida Zuniga Aguero

June 24, 2019

Uncle Keith thank you for always cooking some good meats, I will never forget your good cooking. You will be forever missed. I will always keep you in my prayers and in my heart. Thank you for always making me laugh and for loving those spicy salsas that mom and I prepared for you. Your spirit will always be here with us. I am so lucky to have met you. It has been an honor to have an amazing uncle like you. Thank you for all the good memories. Much love.

Jefferson Mwambia

June 22, 2019

I've had the pleasure of knowing Keith for 17 years. We met at Alaska airlines when I was a "young buck" and he proceeded to put me "under his wing". Keith was always willing to help, always happy, always kind and had a great sense of humour. I will miss his larger than life personality. I value his friendship and will miss him dearly. He left his mark on this world and won't be forgotten.

Julie Jenkins

June 22, 2019

His kindness, sweet spirit and great smile made him a delight to be around; such a class act!

When I think of Keith R. Jenkins, my first thought is genuine kindness!

You will always be loved, and truly missed brother-in-law!

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