Carlos “Kent” Jenkins

Published 3:53 pm Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Carlos “Kent” Jenkins — son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend — died on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at his home in Biloxi, Miss., next to the water, enjoying the outdoors. He was 68.

Kent was born in Bogalusa on May 1, 1948, to Carlos and Norma Jenkins. He enjoyed traveling the world and never came across a trip he did not take. He was a gifted wood-carver, gumbo-maker, and gardener.

He graduated from Bogalusa High School in 1966, where he was a star athlete. He attended and played football at Tulane University and graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1970. He and his family relocated to northwest Arkansas in 1970. He was an entrepreneur and used his creativity to start several companies.

He enjoyed indulging his grandchildren with junk food, sleepovers, and endless lounging. He loved taking his grandson on fishing and hunting trips. For the girls, he supplied many shopping sprees and trips to the nail salon.

Kent will be remembered for his wit, sense of humor, and infectious laugh. He lived his life open-handedly and showed Christ’s love through his generosity, compassion, and humility.

He is survived by one son, Nick (Sarah) Jenkins of Indianapolis, Ind.; one daughter, Kellie (John) Hohenshelt of Rockwall, Texas; his mother, Norma Jenkins; a sister, Gina Jenkins Talley of Covington; a niece, Hillary Talley of Covington; and his grandchildren, Ashlyn Hohenshelt, John Carlos “J.C.” Hohenshelt, Caroline Jenkins, Alexandria Jenkins and Emily Jenkins.

Kent is preceded in death by his father, Carlos Jenkins.

Visitation will be Monday, August 1, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Bogalusa and will reopen at 10 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. at the church. The Rev. Grant McElveen will officiate the service and interment will follow at Ponemah Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Frank Fletcher, John Carlos “J.C.” Hohenshelt, John Hohenshelt, John Boulware, Alan Wade, Joe Craig, Henry “Robin” Robinson and Pete Farmer.

To honor Kent’s generosity, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to “Shop with Cops,” an organization that provides Christmas for children in need — Rogers Fraternal Order of Police, 1905 S. Dixieland, Rogers, AR 72758.

Friends are invited to a celebration of Kent’s life that will take place on Friday, August 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary’s, 1200 W. Walnut St., Rogers, AR 72756 (479-936-8218).