June 23, 1926 ~ June 10, 2006
Born in: Buncombe Co., NC,
Resided in: Arden, NC
ARDEN - The Rev. Gilbert Caldwell Jenkins, 79, left Saturday, June 10, 2006, in the afternoon, to be in the Paradise he spent his life telling others about. When he arrived there, he was greeted by his parents, Lonnie Russell Jenkins and Eunice Frady Jenkins; his sisters, Kathleen "Kate" Jenkins Tony and Ruth "Dolly" Jenkins Stone; his first wife, Mildred Silver Jenkins; son, Christopher Jenkins; father-in-law, the Rev. Gordon Scruggs; and mother-in-law, Mary Lee Scruggs. The Rev. Jenkins was a loving husband to his wife of 36 years, Carolyn Scruggs Jenkins. He was a devoted father to Jennifer Jenkins Roberts; father-in-law to David Wesley Roberts; grandfather to Isabella Kathleen Roberts; son-in-law to Hazel Scruggs; brother-in-law to Lowell Scruggs; and brother to Alonzo Jenkins of Old Fort and to Lester Jenkins of Burnsville. He was pastor of Emanuel Baptist Church in Mills River, North Black Mountain Baptist Church in Barnardsville and Oak Grove Baptist Church in Fletcher. A World War II veteran, Gilbert served in battles and campaigns in Algeria, French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland. Friends and relatives will celebrate his life on Tuesday June 13, 2006, at Oak Grove Baptist Church on Cane Creek Road in Fletcher. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m., followed by the service at 2 p.m., led by the Revs. H.D. Houck, Claude Conard and James Johnson. Burial will at at Ashelawn Gardens of Memory in Weaverville. Memorials may be made to Back to the Bible, P.O. Box 82808, Lincoln, NE 68501; the DAV, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076; or the charity of one's choice.
Dear Carolyn and Jennifer,
Please accept our deepest condolences at Gil’s passing. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Bruce & Donna
Dear Carolyn & Jenny, We are so sorry to hear about Gil and pray that GOD will give you comfort through this difficult time. We love you & please know that you are all in our prayers.
Carolyn, Jenny, and family,
My prayer is that Jesus will bring comfort to each of you in this time of loss. Gil has always been a favorite friend and mentor to me. His love of the outdoors gave me a deep respect for the things of nature. I happily remember the times we spent fishing when I was just a very young boy. Gil taught me how to tie fishing flies, and then how to use them to catch trout in the stream in Cherokee. And my family was fortunate to have such a great man for a neighbor. I believe that his spirit will live on in each of us that he had such a strong influence on.
Carolyn, I am so sorry to hear about Gil. You and Jennifer and family are in my prayers.
Gil was a super good next-door neighbor for over 46 years, and already I miss him.
My deepest sympathy to Carolyn, Jenny, Isabella, and David.
With love and prayers,
Jenni, David and Bella Roberts–You are in our prayers and we love you!!
Carolyn and Jenny,
My prayers are with you in the passing of Gil. I always enjoyed being around him at our get-to-gathers, and will miss him when I visit N.C. again. He was one of the most interesting conversationalist I
ever knew. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace!
Love, Zona and family
Dear Carolyn and Jennie,
I am so sorry to hear of Gil’s passing, but, rejoice with you in his homegoing. I am glad that he no longer suffers! May God hold you in His loving arms and give you His strengh and grace for the coming days.
In His Love,