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Eddie Jenkins, Sr.

December 6, 1922 November 23, 2018
Eddie Jenkins, Sr.
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Obituary for Eddie Jenkins, Sr.

December 6, 1922- November 23, 2018
On Friday, November 23, 2018, Eddie Jenkins, Sr., loving husband and father of (4), passed away at the age of 95.
Eddie was born on December 6, 1922, in Jacksonville Florida to Willie Jenkins and Lonie B. Bell. He was the youngest of four (4) children: Ozzie, Emma, Johnnie and Eddie was the baby. In fact, "Baby" became his nickname. Eddie's father was a share cropper and labored in the cotton fields in Shelby, GA. Offering him a better opportunity, his aunt Daisy (Sweetie) and his uncle Jake Mercer, brought him and his brother Johnnie, to Jacksonville Florida where they were raised. Eddie met Essie Rae Jenkins through her twin brother Rayfield. Essie had twenty-one (21) brothers and sisters and thirteen (13) were girls under the watchful eyes of their mother Jessie Jenkins. Their courtship was short-lived. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Eddie enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 4, 1942 and was honorably discharged on January 18, 1944.
Eddie and Essie were married on April 6, 1944. Four children were born from this union; Emma, Willie, Ronald and Eddie, Jr. Eddie was employed as a dining car waiter and was affiliated with the Phillip A. Randolph Pullman Porter labor Movement for Wage and Equality for Black Railroad Workers.
In 1950, became a Merchant Marine, traveling on the USNS Soubarissen to Europe, South America, African and the Arctic Circle. In 1954, due to Jim Crow, Eddie moved his family from Jacksonville to Flushing, New York, where he brought his first home. In 1964, Eddie became employed with the Postal Service as a Mail Carrier, until his retirement in 1992. Eddie also worked as a remodeler and was skilled in tile work. Eddie's passion however, was sports, politics and gardening. Eddie's gardens produced record number and sizes of collard greens, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and peppers.
Eddie not only loved watching sports, but he had the opportunity to see Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige and Hank Aaron play in Jacksonville in the Negro Leagues, but he loved his New York Yankees. Later in life, he became a LeBron James fan, no matter what team he played for. Eddie's love of the game was also as an executive. He became the first Black Manager integrating the Kew Gardens Little League in 1961, and won the championship in his first year.
The next year, they made him Commissioner. However, Eddie's true love was bowling. He and Essie bowled in the JIB Lanes for over thirty (30) years, winning both league and highest score honors. Eddie's passion for politics ran deep, not only in the voting box where he and Essie Rae serves as pollsters in Federal and State Elections, but he was a political activist during some ofNew York's turbulent racial times. Eddie and Essie Rae marched with Reverend Al Sharpton in Crown Heights and Howard Beach. He would often come home chanting "Howard Beach haven't you heard this is no Johannesburg". Eddie even marched in the protest at Justice Clarence Thomas' house. Later, he insisted that all three (3) sons accompany him to the Million Man March in March of 1995. Eddie was a member of the Catholic Church and served as an Usher for over twenty (20) years at Sacred Heart Church in Queens Village New York. In 2006, Eddie and Essie relocated to Florida and nestled their home in Deltona, near their son Ronald. Ronald who during their later years became their care giver.
Eddie Sr., was preceded by his wife Essie Rae, his parents, siblings and in-laws. He leaves to cherish his memory: his children, Emma Lawson (Jesse), Willie Jenkins (Pat), Ronald Jenkins (Barbara), Eddie Jenkins, Jr. (Shalair), Elizabeth Ann Smith; Grandchildren: Malik Jenkins, Jenell Burroughs (Leslie), Ronald A. Jenkins (Tasha), Julian Jenkins, Khalid Jenkins (M

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