June 11, 1934 ~ September 22, 2021

Born in: Onslow Co., NC
Resided in: Mars Hill, NC

Adrian Jenkins, 87, of Mars Hill, NC went home to be with his Lord and family on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

A native of Onslow County, Adrian was a son of the late Ira and Estelle Jenkins.

Adrian enjoyed his life to the fullest, was a hard worker and loved his family! He served in the US Army, and was the ultimate entrepreneur. Alongside his father they ran a large farm while he worked civil service at Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune as the commissary manager and reproduction manager for the base. He owned a small convenience store to service the community of Holly Ridge, NC. After moving to the WNC mountains, he successfully opened the Oakley Bicycle Shop in 1976.

He was a charter member of the St. Phillips Episcopal Church, Tar Landing Road, NC. He would also frequent Trinity Baptist Asheville, NC and enjoyed listening to the Jubilee Choir and all the gospel groups.

Surviving are his daughters, Patti Jenkins, Charlotte Jenkins Griffin (Michael) and Adrianna Jenkins Garrison (Mark); grandchildren, Major Mark Garrison, Jr. (Christine), Zachary Garrison (Cayley), and Cynthia Cox (Will); great grandchildren, Everett Mark Garrison, Marshall Robert Garrison, Emmett Boone Garrison, Elam Hyatt Garrison; and many nephews, a niece, and close friends. He was preceded in death by Clara Bailey, the mother of his children, and by his sister, Marie Biggs.

The family wishes to express special thanks to the VA hospital, Aston Park, Yancey House and Hospice.

A private family graveside service will be held at the VA cemetery with military honors. Pastors Allen Rash and Doug Guy will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Phillips Episcopal Church, PO Box 155, Holly Ridge, NC 28445.

All memorials donated will be presented to the St. Phillips Episcopal Church family at a special dedicatory service on Sunday, November 7, 2021 in memory and honor of Adrian Jenkins.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. My heartfelt sympathy to this family. I love you all and pray that you find peace knowing “Uncle” Adrian is with our Lord and Savior. God bless you all.

  2. Our deepest sympathies for his precious family! Adrian was like a second father to me growing up! He loved to take care of his family💕 We will miss him and Clara❤️

  3. I got to know Mr Jenkins when I was working a beat at the PD and he lived on my beat. I must have bought ten bicycles from him for my sons over their years between them growing and riding them into the ground. He was always a good fellow to me and I really liked him. People like that were hard to find then and are nearly impossible to find now. My sympathies to the family. I remember him fondly.

  4. Praying for God’s Hand of Comfort during this time, I am so very sorry for your loss, God gives us love, someone to love He lends us.


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