Carl O’Neal “Bubba” Jenkins was born Aug. 16, 1944, and died Sunday evening, March 10, 2019, at his home in Greenwood with his family by his side.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John’s United Methodist Church, where he was a member, with interment at Itta Bena Cemetery. The Rev. Billy Ray Stonestreet will officiate. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church parlor.
Bubba grew up in Itta Bena and graduated from Leflore County High School, where he was captain of the football team. He attended Mississippi Delta Junior College on a football scholarship, and later attended Mississippi State University. He and his horse, LoBo, were members of the Block and Bridle Club at MSU. He graduated from the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in Tulsa, Oklahoma, specializing as an airplane and power plant mechanic. He worked for four years at Central Aero before joining the family business, Delta Brokerage. Mr. Jenkins owned and operated Delta Brokerage Co. with his brother, Wiley Hampton Jenkins Jr., now deceased, from 1964 to 2009. Jimmy Sanders became part-owner in 1989, and Bubba worked until his retirement.
Bubba was an avid hunter. He was a proud member and treasurer of Itta Bena Hunting Club. He will be remembered for his dry humor, big heart and his love of family.
Bubba was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Jenkins Sr.; a brother, Wiley Jenkins Jr.; and two sisters, Helen Azlyn and Barbara Lucas.
He is survived by his loving wife, Joy Wilson Jenkins; two daughters, Amy Holiman and her husband, Jesse, of Flora; Emily Cheatham and her husband, Jay, of Goodman; and five grandchildren, Meg Crocker, Molly Crocker and Wilson Crocker, all of Madison, and Jackson Ellis and Haskin Cheatham, both of Goodman; and numerous family members and friends.
Pallbearers will be Bo Prestidge, Charles Wright, Matt Smith, Sammy Pigott, Steve Strickland, Jimbo Bowen, Wilson Britt and Gaston Lyon. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Bariola, Dr. Henry Flautt and Raymond Everett, and all of his hunting buddies.
The family wishes to thank Morgan Moses Moore, Taylor Calhoun, Karen Blount and the staff of Halcyon Home Health.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s United Methodist Church, the Leflore County Humane Society Shelter or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Greenwood Delta Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook may be signed at www.greenwooddeltafh.com.