Grady Leon Jenkins was born on December 12, 1957 in Camden, Arkansas to Rosie Jenkins. Grady confessed Christ at an early age and attended Christian Methodist Episcopal Temple Church.
He attended Camden Senior High School and as a teenager he worked as carrier for Camden News. He later attended Job Corps in Hot Springs where he studied carpentry. He met and married Elsie Sullivan on April 28, 1980. Grady worked for Highland Industrial for over 35 years. Over the years he worked as foreman and store room supervisor. He made lasting friendships and made many acquaintances. He also worked for James Key Fencing installing chain-linked fences.
Grady was a jack of all trades. On any given day one could find him helping someone, painting a house or plumbing. Although he didn't attend church on a regular basis, he believed in the scripture Malachi 3:10, Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. He was a strong supporter of his brothers church and his local church.
Being from the south, he was an outdoors man who loved fishing and hunting. He was a member of the Oak Bottom Hunting Club and was known for his popular deer sausage. His first love and passion was cooking for family, friends, co-workers and church members.
His pilgrimage was modest, but full and fulfilling. On Sunday, September 13, 2020, he slipped the bonds of this life for a life in eternity. His independent spirit, iron will and strong character will never be duplicated, but leaves an impression on the lives of those he touched and enriched along this life’s journey. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosie Jenkins; and two brothers, Larry Jenkins (2015) and Pastor Emmanuel Ray Jenkins (2017) .
The Legacy of will live on through his wife, Elsie Jenkins of Camden, AR; one daughter, Tameka Sullivan; and one grandson, Jayden Sullivan both of Little Rock, AR; three beloved sisters, Brenda Joyce Foreman of Camden, AR, Abbie Renee (Lonnie) Bragg of Hot Springs, AR and Lieutenant Ora Jenkins of Little Rock, AR; one brother, Alfred Roland (Faye) Jenkins of Stephens, AR; a special sister and friend, Lois Williams of Camden, AR; his sisters-in-law, Vickie Sullivan, Beatrice Bursey of Camden, AR, Frances Jenkins of Arkadelphia, AR and Deseree Jenkins of Camden, AR; an aunt, Genella Burnell of Camden, AR and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and special friends, Sammy Patterson, Horace Green, Robert Scott, Eddie Sullivan, Hamp Green and the Highland Industrial Park family.