September 8, 1927 ~ February 23, 2020

Born in: Sylvester, Georgia
Resided in: Lawrenceville, Georgia

William “Bill” Jenkins
Sept 08, 1927 – February 23, 2020

Mr. William “Bill” Jenkins, age 92 of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away February 23, 2020. He passed peacefully surrounded by family at the Pruitt Health Care facility in Lilburn, GA.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate Bill’s life on Saturday February 29th at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church at 165 South Clayton Street in Lawrenceville, Georgia with the Rev. Inman Houston officiating the service. Interment will be in Gwinnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm Friday February 28 at Wages and Sons Funeral Home in Lawrenceville.

Mr. Jenkins was born September 8, 1927 in Sylvester, Georgia to John William Jenkins and Lillian Ingram Jenkins. He is preceded in death by his younger brother, James Robert Jenkins and his older sister, Marjorie Jenkins Tanner. After 31 years, he retired from the State of Georgia where he served as the Director of the Social Security Disability Program. Mr. Jenkins led a full, rich, adventurous life. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict in a Tactical Wing performing Aerial Photo reconnaissance in northern Europe. He was an active member, past deacon and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church. He enjoyed singing in church choirs his whole adult life. He was physically active his entire life. He was a collegiate boxer and ran cross country. As a senior citizen he remained active, playing racquetball, and working on his farm growing numerous varieties of fruit. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family and friends. Mr. Jenkins loved his family, people, and loved being outdoors helping friends start their own fruit orchards and vineyards. Most of all, he loved spending time with his beloved wife Melba. He and Melba, enjoyed getting away to their country house in South Georgia and going on beach trips together. He is survived by his wife, Melba Warnock Jenkins, his sweetheart and bride of 63 years, his daughter Melanie Jenkins Reese and husband, Julian M. Reese, of Knoxville, TN and his son, John William Jenkins, II and wife, Sandi Obermire Jenkins of Norcross, GA, Five grandchildren; Lydia Reese Holden and her husband James Holden, Matthew Julian Reese, James William Reese, Peyton William Jenkins and Hayden Thomas Jenkins.

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Any memorial gifts for the First Baptist Church, please send directly to the church in memory of William Jenkins at 165 South Clayton Street, Lawrenceville GA 30046. For flowers please visit the Wages and Sons Funeral home at:


Visitation: February 28, 2020 4:00 pm - February 28, 2020 7:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, 30046


Visitation: February 28, 2020 10:00 am - February 28, 2020 11:00 am

Lawrenceville First Baptist Church
165 S Clayton Street
Lawrenceville, Ga 30046

Lawrenceville First Baptist Church
165 S Clayton Street
Lawrenceville, Ga 30046

Gwinnett Memorial Park
925 US Highway 29 S
Lawrenceville, AG 30046


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  1. CandleImageMs. Melba, Melanie and John, I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Bill’s passing. He was a wonderful gentleman and such a sweet friend. I loved all our times together when I was babysitting for Melanie and John, singing in the choir together and all activities of the church, and when we worked together in Atlanta. He is one of the nicest people I have ever known, always caring for other people. I know he will be greatly missed. Love all of you!

  2. CandleImageI’m so sorry to hear about Mr. Jenkins. He was a nice Christian man. Sending my heartfelt prayers to the Jenkins family.
    Ginn Alford Smith

  3. CandleImageMelba, Melanie & John, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Bill. He was a great neighbor and a sweet and caring friend. He will be truly missed!
    Sending Love and Prayers during this difficult time.
    With Heartfelt Sympathy.

  4. CandleImageMelba, Melanie, and John, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Bill. He was a great neighbor and a sweet and caring friend. He will be truly missed.
    Love and Prayers during this difficult time.
    With Love and Heartfelt Sympathy!

  5. CandleImageDear sweet friends Mrs Jenkins, Melanie, and John,
    We are so sorry for your tremendous loss! Mr Jenkins was such a wonderful friend and neighbor. I’ll never forget the memories of 55 years + as neighbors. I know mom & dad could always count on y’all to be there for them.

    I know he is rejoicing in heaven and singing with the angels. He will be missed! Love you all

    Lou, Terry and Danielle

  6. I knew Bill Jenkins to be a very fine man. I worked for the Division of Rehabilitation services & retired with 34 years’ service. The first years of my employment was with the Trust Fund unit of DRS, working with people that had been deemed to be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits. I worked very closely with Mr. Jenkins and his staff for 10+ years. They were the ones who made the determinations about disability benefits. He was very helpful to me in the work that I did & I always respected him.
    I am sure that Mr. Jenkins will be remembered & missed by many.

  7. We share your grief and hope the memories of a long and joyful life comfort you, Bill’s rehabilitation family will miss him too. He was a fine storyteller and a dedicated advocate for people with disabilities. May he rest in peace.

  8. CandleImageMelanie, Though I never met your dad, I can just imagine how wonderful he must have been to raise a wonderful daughter like you (of course, your mom had something to do with that too!) I will be praying for all of you during this grief journey.

  9. So sorry for your loss sister Melanie… hoping you are feeling surrounded with love. Meg and I send warmest hugs and prayers during this time of sadness. Bless you.

  10. Melba and Family, We were so blessed to know Bill. His smile and greetings at church were always appreciated and blessed our day. You will miss him, but we know he is with our Lord and Savior. Barry and Marie Brown

  11. May God bless and comfort all your family and friends. I know you rest in the hands of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Love, peace and prayers,
    Tom and Tericia Rasmussen and family

  12. CandleImageSo sorry for the loss of William, he was a very nice man and have know him most of my life. I can remember when I baby sit for his children and how nice he was to me. Bill and his wife were so king to so many people and I enjoyed being with them in church. You all will have so many memories of him and enjoy telling lot of people how funny, nice and kind of a man he was. My heart and prayers, go out to you all. God Bless You All.

  13. CandleImageI’m so sorry to hear this sad news about Bill a very sweet, kind man with such a good heart. I enjoyed knowing him and his sweet wife for so many years, and I enjoyed baby sitting for them back in my young days. The family will have so many memories of a wonderful person that will truly be missed. They were so kind to me and enjoyed the times we spent together at church. My heart and prayers, go out to the family. God Bless You All.

  14. CandleImageOur hearts are heavy and saddened to hear the death of Mr. Jenkins, Alias Bill. Bill was one of the extraordinary and sincere people we have met in our lives. Our care team were soo blessed to worked with him. He was very polite and treat everyone with respect. His humor is beyond measures. Bill, you will forever be missed. May the good Lord keep your soul in eternal peace. Our hearts and prayers to the Jenkins family… Ms. Melba, Melanie and John.

  15. Mr. Jenkins

    How does one
    Celebrate a man
    Who’s used his height
    And his hands
    To make things grow?
    Blue berry bushes and
    Fruited trees and
    Arbors of grapes.
    Who’s used his mind
    And labored in time
    To bring flourishing
    To his gardens?
    Who has shared
    Buckets upon buckets
    Of blue berries
    And pails upon pails
    Of grapes.
    Buckets into bushels
    Over the years.
    Pails into bushels
    All in great cheer.
    Sharing cuttings and
    “Did I not tell you
    That you’d reap
    Ten, fifty, a hundred-fold?”

    How do I celebrate
    Your kindness toward me
    Mr. Jenkins?
    As always, by following:
    I’m going to plant
    another berry bush
    In husbandry and care.
    But also,
    I’m going to follow you
    In sharing.
    For these God-given gifts,
    Our desires and strengths,
    Are best tasted and known
    In their growing
    And being given away.

    Thinking of all of you Mrs. Jenkins, Melanie and John in prayer and love,
    The Meidls

  16. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Yet, I have no doubt that he is in a better place. I worked with him for several years in Rehab and he was always a gentleman, treating others as he would like to be treated. I respected him as a leader and cherished him as a friend.

  17. Bill has the ability to brighten the day of every one he sees🌹. Memories of him still brighten my day.
    May God give you many dreams of comfort in the the coming days & years🙏

  18. CandleImageBill has the ability to brighten the day of every one he sees. Memories of him still brighten my day🌹
    May God give you sweet dreams of comfort in the coming days & years🙏

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