Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, it is with a heavy heart and
solemn remembrance that I pay tribute to a great man, outstanding
public servant, and dear friend of longstanding, Mr. James Austin
Jenkins, Jr. Mr. Jenkins passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019. A
funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 12:00 p.m.
at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Burkville, Alabama.
James Austin Jenkins, Jr. was born on December 28, 1937, to the late
James Austin Jenkins, Sr. and Octavia McCray Jenkins. A product of the
Lowndes County, Alabama Public School System, he graduated from Lowndes
County Training School before attending Alabama State University, where
he received his bachelor's degree in Political Science.
James built quite an impressive career as a public servant in our
nation's federal government which was demonstrated through his
dedicated services to the National Park Service, as a Ranger stationed
in the Washington Monument and as a Horse Mounted Ranger at Prince
William Forest Park in Virginia, as well as in Federal Government Law
Enforcement, and finally as a National Zoological Park Police Officer
with The Smithsonian Institution.
George Washington Carver once said, ``No individual has any right to
come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind distinct
and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.'' We are all so
blessed that Mr. James Austin Jenkins, Jr. passed this way during his
life's journey. As a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.,
his exuberant personality captured the attention of all those he
encountered and made him the life of the party wherever he went. He
will be remembered for his welcoming spirit and love for his
fraternity, his friends, and above all else, his family. He leaves
behind a great legacy in public service to and warm cherished memories
in the lives of those who knew him.
While he was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Aaron,
Frederick, and Elliot; he is survived by his children, Karen, Earl,
Bianca, Alicia, and Nathan; and a host of family and friends who will
miss him dearly.
On a personal note, James and I both understood the importance of
addressing the important issues facing our nation's Veterans and would
discuss these issues at the Veterans Brain Trust during the
Congressional Black Caucus' Annual Legislative Conference, which he
attended regularly.
Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me, along with my wife,
Vivian; and the more than 730,000 residents of Georgia's Second
Congressional District in paying tribute to Mr. James Austin Jenkins,
Jr. for his service to our country. We extend our deepest condolences
to his family and friends during this difficult time of bereavement and
pray that they will be comforted by an abiding faith and the Holy
Spirit in the days, weeks, and months ahead.
116th Congress