Deacon Roy Jenkins
Deacon Roy Jenkins, a long-time resident of Los Angeles, passed away recently and the positive impact he made on the city was illustrated by the number of ministers, civic leaders and elected officials who came to bid him farewell.
His homegoing service was held September 9 at Greater New Jerusalem Baptist Church where Roy had regularly attended in later years under Pastor Lewis White. Rev. Nino Johnson officiated the service and Pastor Reginald M. Leffall III of Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church delivered the eulogy.
People from all walks of life gathered to salute Roy’s accomplishments on various religious, community, and educational levels. Also, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Los Angeles City Council adjourned their meetings in his honor and Councilman Herb Wesson Jr., Rev. Dr. J. Benjamin Hardwick of Praises of Zion Baptist Church, and Rev. Perry J. Jones of Messiah Baptist Church submitted honorary resolutions.
Roy Jenkins was a bouncing baby boy born on December 30, 1940, to Lucille and Wilson Jenkins in Houston, Texas. He was the eldest of two children and was preceded in death by his parents, sister (Rosie Lee Price Davis) and only son, Roy Michael Jenkins.
Roy proudly served in the Armed Forces as a Medic. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army, he relocated to Los Angeles. Roy received his formal education in the public schools in Brookshire, Texas and began his college studies at Prairie View A&M University. He graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and later completed a Masters Degree in Gerontology at the University of Southern California.
Roy met and made many friends while working at Webers Bread, Inc. Upon graduating from college, Roy accepted a position with Los Angeles County, where he served in several positions during his tenure there.
His last position was Community Center Director, which allowed him to utilize his passion and his education, that of helping and providing the necessary and essential needs for others, particularly the disenfranchised and the elderly population. Roy retired in March 1998 after 25 years of service and he continued to pursue his church work and entrepreneur Real Estate business interest.
Roy met and married the love of his life, Marion Lockridge, on April 17, 1994.
Roy became a member of Saint Paul Baptist Church where he ascended to Chairman of the Deacon Board, under the leadership of the late Pastor John L. Branham. Roy was known for his compassion and visitation of the sick and shut-in, which was a gift from God because he fulfilled this calling from his heart and with the greatest of ease. After leaving Saint Paul, he attended several other churches, never losing his connection with his Savior.
Roy departed this life on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at Kaiser Hospital. He leaves to cherish his homegoing his loving and devoted wife, Marion Lockridge Jenkins; stepson, Kevin Lockridge; an adored grandson, Sean Jenkins; nephew, John Lee Price Jr.(Sandra); two great nieces, Monique and Eboni Price; great nephew, John Lee Price III; one great, great nephew, John Lee Price IV; three aunts, Mildred Jenkins, Martha Jenkins and Dorothy Jenkins; a loving and devoted play sister, Waynetta Williams; a loving and devoted friend, Deacon Claude Douglas; a host of devoted god-parents; god-children, relatives and friends.
A special ‘thank you’ to Roy’s cousin, Arthur Jenkins, who was always there to assist him as his health began to fail.