John “Jack” E. Jenkins, Jr. ’46

John “Jack” E. Jenkins, Jr. ’46, of Huntington, W.Va., passed away July 4. Born on Sept. 19, 1924, in Huntington, he was the son of the late John Earl and Kathleen Pitts Jenkins, and was preceded in death by his sister, Marion. He attended Davidson, Brown University, and received an A.B. and L.L.B. degrees from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Theta Chi. A WWII veteran, he served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He is survived by three sons, John E. Jenkins III (Stephanie), 2300 Lora Ln., Raleigh, NC 27604-2216; James C. Jenkins (Wanda); and Evan H. Jenkins (Elizabeth); dear friend, Camille M. Riley; and seven grandchildren, John E. Jenkins IV, Amanda V. Jenkins, James C. Jenkins, Jr., Edward M. Jenkins, Evan H. Jenkins, Jr., Charles X. Jenkins, and Olivia G. Jenkins. An attorney for more than five decades, he was deeply respected by his peers in the legal profession and on many occasions was ranked among the best lawyers in America. Joining his father in the practice of law in 1950, he helped shepherd the growth and prominence of the firm Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC. He argued several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court of Appeals, and for 15 years, enjoyed sharing his extraordinary legal experience with the students at the West Virginia College of Law. He proudly received the Justicia Officium Award, the highest honor the College of Law can bestow a recipient, recognizing his outstanding contribution and service to the legal profession. Devoted to the betterment of his community, he left a legacy of dedicated service and touched the lives of many through his involvement in membership and charitable organizations including The Edwards Foundation, trustee; Cammack Children’s Center, past board member; Foundation for the Tri-State Community, Inc., trustee; Boy Scouts of America; Greater Tri-State Development Corporation, president; Huntington Clinical Foundation, past president; Huntington Foundation, trustee; Huntington Kiwanis Club, past president; Huntington Museum of Art, past president and trustee; City Club; Gypsy Club; Huntington Y.M.C.A., past president and trustee; Cabell-Wayne Heart Association, past president; Marshall Artist Series, past president and trustee; St. Mary’s Hospital, ethics committee and member; and United Way, past president and member. He was a member, Sunday school teacher, and elder of the First Presbyterian Church. An avid reader with an interest in current events, history, and art, he led an active lifestyle as a licensed private pilot, scuba diver, sailor, and golfer, and he traveled extensively for work and pleasure.