William Gilbert Jenkins, Jr., the son of the late Reverend William Rivers Jenkins and Rosalie Deas Jenkins was born June 29, 1949 in Charleston, South Carolina. He departed this life to be with the Lord on Saturday April 18, 2020.
He was married to Aundrey Lanair Mitchell on September 1, 1974. To this union two children were born.
William graduated from Burke High School in 1967 which led him to the Tuskegee University (formerly Tuskegee Institute) on a band scholarship the fall of that year. During his undergraduate tenure, William was a snare drummer for the Tuskegee University's esteemed Crimson Piper Marching Band serving as the Percussion's Section Leader. William Gilbert Jenkins, Jr. was a member of ROTC and joined the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated in the Fall of 1969 where he served as the ace of the line "The Notorious 16"; bearing the line name and nickname "Mini-Brute". William accomplished several awards and accolades while in school with the most notable being one of the original drummers for the historical singing group The Commodores. William studied Electrical Engineering graduating atop of his class in 1972 earning his Bachelors of Science degree in that field.
After college, William relocated to Rockville, Maryland where he was employed by the Vitro Corporation as a Naval Marine Engineer. In 1974, William married his college sweetheart Aundrey Lanair Mitchell and established a home together in Rockville, MD. During his later years, he relocated to Gaithersburg, Maryland and worked for BAE Systems and CSC Corporation retiring from CSC in 2015. He had a passion for his family, his pets, his cars, fishing and his fraternity. He was a man of service and was known for his tremendous heart, million-dollar smile, and his enormous personality.
William Gilbert Jenkins, Jr. leaves to cherish his memories: a loving and devoted wife of 46 years, Aundrey Lanair Jenkins; Son William Rashad Jenkins, 3rd (Tiffani); Daughter Akia Lanair Jenkins (Manuel); Mother Rosalie Deas Jenkins; Brother Samuel Elijah Jenkins; Sister Rose Marie Jenkins-White; Mother-in-law Myrtle Moody-Bailey (Ruppert); Sister-in-laws: Marilyn Edwards (Bogard), Monica Johnson, Tracey Lewis, Gwyneth Moody; Stepmother Dorothy Mitchell, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and loving friends.
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