Wallace R. Jenkins Sr. Was Veteran, Educator
Wallace R. Jenkins Sr. of White Plains, N.Y., and Oak Bluffs, died on Saturday, Jan. 4, after a courageous battle with a variety of illnesses. He was born in Smoaks, S.C., on August 31, 1920, one of five children born to Henry and Bessie Jenkins (Jethro, Ollie, Dorothy and Vernon predeceased him).
In 1948, he was graduated from Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., with a bachelor of science degree. He then attended New York University, receiving a master's degree in health education and recreation in 1954.
Wallace met the former Marie Alexander on New Year's Day 1954 and they were married on Sept. 3, 1955. They have two sons, Dr. Wallace R. Jenkins Jr. and Gary A. Jenkins, Esq., both of White Plains, N.Y.
Mr. Jenkins was a veteran of World War II. Professionally, he was a supervisor for the New York City Board of Education, Division of Community Education, and later was a supervisor with New York City Youth Bureau.
He was an avid fisherman, and found tremendous joy in pursuing his hobby during the summer months at his home in Oak Bluffs. He also enjoyed attending church, and when he resided in Long Island, he was the chairman of Christian education at Union Baptist Church in Hempstead, N.Y. After moving to White Plains, he served as a member of the Bethel Baptist Usher Board and was also a member of both the Bethel Sunday School and the Bethel men's class. During his summers on Martha's Vineyard, Wallace attended First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 47 years, Marie A. Jenkins; his two sons, Dr. Wallace R. Jenkins Jr. and Gary A. Jenkins, Esq.; a daughter in law, Geneva Jenkins, and a granddaughter Tia Jenkins, all of White Plains, N.Y. Wallace also leaves one aunt, Rosella Jenkins of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two sisters in law, Gryselda Jenkins of Smoaks, S.C., and Willie Mae Jenkins of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.