John Philip Jenkins, 71, of Bishop, died Wednesday, January 19, 2011. Mr. Jenkins was a native of Winter Beach, FL, and was the son of the late John and Evelyn Floyd Jenkins. He graduated from the Naval Academy and commissioned in the Air Force attaining the rank of Captain. During his Air Force career he served in the Vietnam War flying 232 missions. His actions in combat earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross. Later, Mr. Jenkins was a Captain for Delta Air Lines from 1967-1999, where he flew MD-11s. He devoted much of his life to the Christian Faith and was influential in leading others to Christ. He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church of Watkinsville.
Survivors include his wife, Janie Grace Beckworth Jenkins of Bishop; sons, Philip Dustyn Jenkins and wife, Crystal of Bishop and John Abraham Jenkins and wife, Shelly of Bogart; daughter, Hannah Grace Jenkins of Bishop; sister, Marlene Midgett of Melbourne, FL and grandchildren: Isaac Maze Jenkins, Kaden Nissen and Elaina Grace Jenkins.
A graveside service was held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 23 at Beckworth-Swinson Cemetery in Baxley with military honors. Visitation were held at the Jenkins residence, 1080 Lane Creek Terrace, Bishop, GA 30621 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday, January 22.
Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com
Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Athens was in charge of arrangements.