Billy Wayne ‘Bill’ Jenkins

Published 3:51 pm Friday, March 10, 2017

Billy Wayne “Bill” Jenkins, 75, a resident of Pekin, Ill., passed away at 3:18 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Pekin Manor.

He was born July 21, 1941 in Franklinton, to the late Zelimer “Bud” Jenkins and Lurleane Hunt Jenkins. Bill was a 1959 graduate of Zachary High School and later graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1983. He attended the LSU Fire School and became a certified firefighting instructor.

While living in Franklinton, Bill was the dispatcher for the local fire department. He was an animal lover that enjoyed playing fantasy baseball and reading. Bill was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and LSU Tigers football and baseball teams. He had resided, alongside his wife, in Illinois for the previous 17 years and had a special place in his heart for his pet cat Miss Kitty and dog Pepe.

He is survived by: his wife, Judith Kay Kaldi Jenkins of Pekin; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joni Jenkins Truxillo and David Truxillo of New Orleans, Stacy Jenkins Ashton and Thomas Ashton of Baton Rouge; two stepsons and spouses, Mark and Michelle Valentine of Marquette Heights, Ill., Brian and Amy Valentine of Pekin; four grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, the Rev. Larry and Kathy Jenkins of Franklinton; nephew and spouse, Blaine and Carolyn Jenkins.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 18, from noon until 2 p.m. at Crain Funeral Home in Franklinton (1109 Bene St.). A memorial service will be held following the visitation at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Dr. Honan and the staff of Pekin Manor and Hospice Compassus for their care and support.

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