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Jesse W. Jenkins Jr.

Jesse W. Jenkins Jr.
Jesse W. Jenkins Jr.

Jesse W. Jenkins Jr.
April 11, 1949 – February 09, 2024

We are heartbroken to announce that Jesse W, Jenkins Jr., of Ocala, passed away peacefully on February 9th, 2024 at the age of 74.

Jesse was surrounded by friends and family in his remaining days while in the care of hospice. He received exceptional care and comfort. To honor Jesse’s memory, we are holding a celebration of his life on Friday, February 23rd within the home of his youngest daughter, Courtney Jenkins. We invite those who loved Jesse and want to provide their condolences, as well as their fondest memories.

Jesse was a care-free and stubborn spirit, but had a heart of gold beneath his tough exterior. Born in Washington DC, he spent a majority of his life in Florida. From a young age; he could be described as larger than life, as he was always striving for more. He was super-organized, energetic, and led a fast-paced life. As a hard worker, he took pride in everything he did. Jesse always had a deep appreciation for music. He would often let the tunes of his favorite artists fill whatever room he was in, and knew the words of every song. Garth Brooks was his favorite, but he also had a fondness for Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, Rascal Flatts, and Johnny Cash.

In his later years, he immensely enjoyed watching a good movie or a rowdy game of football, especially if Tom Brady was playing. Each day he would take time to unwind and nap to talk radio. He was a simple man with simple pleasures, and no one on this Earth could ever stop him from indulging in his sweet tooth. Even though Jesse carried a lot of physical pain, he took great satisfaction in the little things. He was a personality you needed to meet in order to truly experience.

Jesse loved each of his daughters as best as he knew how. He is survived by his three beautiful daughters, Tina Marie Rosenthal, Melissa Lynn Jenkins, and Courtney Faith Jenkins; his granddaughter Ashley Rosenthal and great grandson Jayden; his siblings Diane Elaine Tackett, Don Eugene Jenkins, and Dennis Lee Jenkins; with many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews to follow.

Dad, we will always love and miss you. You will forever be in the hearts of the lives you touched.