Charles William Jenkins passed away peacefully Aug. 29 in Sacramento of lymphoma. He was 83.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, at the First Baptist Church, 24th and L Streets, Sacramento.
Charles was born Dec. 2, 1924, in Grass Valley to Edward and Hazel Jenkins. He graduated from Grass Valley High School in 1942. He was a Life Scout and a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps with the CBI in India. He graduated from Sacramento State University in 1952. He devoted his life to learning and retired after 40 years of teaching in the Grant School District and California State University, Sacramento.
Charles played a mean bass and trombone. He was a life member of the California Teachers Association, National Education Association, PDK, Musicians Local #12, the United Christian Center, and the Iris Society. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church, Sacramento, and humbly lived his faith daily. He was passionate about living, learning, loving and now he leaves a legacy for his friends and family to carry on.
Charles was the extraordinary husband of 61 wonderful years to “amazing” Grace Jenkins and will be greatly missed by his devoted children Lynn Jenkins and wife Peggy of Beaumont, and Charlene Bole and husband Marcus of Wheatland; beloved five grandchildren and their spouses; five great grandchildren; sister, Melba Polglase of Grass Valley, and a host of loving nieces, nephews and friends of all ages.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Eleanor Thompson, and brother, Edward.
In lieu of flowers, please do a kind deed and be generous to a stranger, friend or family member who does not expect, nor deserve it. This will insure Charles’ legacy of kindness and caring endures.
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