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Rev. James A. (Jim) Jenkins

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“When I was in the 2nd grade he asked me what my fathers job was and I told him that my dad wasn't in my life and he told me that he would be my...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Sydney Blankenship - narrows, VA

“Uncle Jim will be greatly missed by all and especially those whose lives were touched by his gentle kindness. Our prayers our with Aunt Barb and our...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Garrett Nichols - Muncie, IN

“Brenda and I first met Jim and Barbara when we met in their parsonage in Rural Retreat before he and I exchanged pastorates in 1993. We also visited...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: David Youngs - PLYMOUTH, UK

“So sorry for your families loss. Rev. Jenkins will be missed and we at Rural Retreat United Methodist Church were fortunate to get to know you both....Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Brenda Maxey - RURAL RETREAT, VA

“May the Lord's peace surround you during this time. Blessings for your continued journey with Christ. Sorry for your loss. ”
5 of 19 | Posted by: Rev. Barbara Doyle - Bristol, TN

“Barbara and family. So sorry to hear about the death of Jim. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Susan Dutton and family ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Susan Dutton - Rural retreat, VA

“Jim was a great guy! I will remember his dry wit, his infectious smile and his loving heart. My thoughts and prayers remain with Barbara and all who...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Mark Hester - Knoxville, TN

“It is sad to hear of Jim's passing. He was an encouragement to me in my ministry, and I honor him as a servant of the Lord and the people. My prayers...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: RuthAnne G. Henley - Draper, VA

“Jim was a special man. So caring and kind. Strong Christian, loved talking about Jesus Christ. And to hear him talk, the best wife and family that a...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Lulabelle Lewis - Radfird, VA

“Dear Barbara and family, I am so sorry for your profound loss...Jim was such a special person, so loving and so gracious - and oh so wise. Please...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Terrie Sternberg - Pulaski, VA

“Mr. Jenkins will be missed by many. Including all of the children at Macy that he read to. My daughter is now in 7th grade and still talks about him...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Patience Sheetz

“If I had to use one word to describe Jim it would be eloquent. He generated an air of friendliness that was genuine and caring. No matter how long it...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: John Jenkins - Narrows, VA

“I remember Jim with great fondness! He married my husband, Danny, and I, and was pastor at Fairview UMC for several years. Jim had a dry sense of...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Betsi Vesser - Knoxville, TN

“Barbara, I was very saddened by the news about Jim. My family grew to love the two of you very much. Jim was a kind and wonderful man and he will be...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Betty Rogers Harrison - VA

“I was privileged to have some time with Jim as his church secretary. I enjoyed getting to know him and his wonderful wife, Barbara and a few of his...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Paula Dell Campbell - Pearisburg, VA

“I didn't know Mr Jenkins however both of my kids absolutely loved him. He was their substitute teacher at NHS. He sat with my daughter at a school...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Sid Riddle - Peterstown, WV

“Kindness is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about Jim. He life was certainly all about the fruit of the spirit, but kindness most...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: SHIRLEY RICHARDSON - NARROWS, VA

“Im saddened to hear of Mr. Jenkins passing. He was always so kind to my sons. Bobby, and Jackson had him as teacher. He was so good to them. He...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Melinda Tabor - NARROWS, VA

“you have my thought and prayers i just met him on the 4th monday for lunch he was a nice man ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: linda farley - narrows, VA

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Rev. James A. (Jim) Jenkins, 69 of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 8th, 2015.

He was born in Michigan on March 14th, 1946 and was the son of the late Astor L. and Elisabeth Cooke Spahr. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Doris Jenkins; and a nephew, Stephen Jenkins.

Jim grew up in Knoxville and graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College with a Bachelor's Degree, and earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He spent 37 years as a full-time active minister in the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church, serving at churches in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Throughout his life, Jim was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church. For many years following his retirement, Jim served as a pulpit supply preacher for several churches in Giles and Monroe Counties. In 2003, Jim participated in a pulpit exchange with Chapel en li Frith in England. He was also a substitute teacher with Giles County Public Schools, served on the board of the Giles County Christian Service Mission, the Giles County Ministerial Association, the United Methodist Men's Group, and the spiritual director of the New River Valley Emmaus Community. He loved hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains and in various state parks, spending time with his family, playing games, and serving the Lord. A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, Jim will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 28 years, Barbara M. Jenkins; two sons, Timothy Jenkins and wife Regina of San Francisco, California, Christopher Jenkins and wife Christine of Seattle, Washington; two grandsons, Turner Jenkins and Dashel Jenkins; two brothers, Alvin Jenkins and wife Marjorie of Lenoir City, Tennessee, Larry Jenkins and wife Karen of Albemarle, North Carolina; a sister, Sylvia Harlow of Augusta, Georgia; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many special friends.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at 11 AM at First United Methodist Church in Narrows with Rev. Jason Stubblefield officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery near Wikel in Monroe County, West Virginia. The family will receive friends at First United Methodist Church Monday from 6 to 9 PM. The family requests that those sending memorial contributions, please consider First United Methodist Church; P.O. Box 398; Narrows, VA 24124.

The family is being served by Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442, and online at

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Mountain View Cemetery

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