A Time to be Born...Julia Mae Jenkins was born to Sarah Lee Burney-Jenkins-Spann and the late Benjamin Jenkins, Sr. on November 15, 1950, in Cross, South Carolina. Julia Mae was affectionately known by everyone as “Sista” and was later given the name “JuJu” by her grand-niece Tranice Smalls, who she called her ‘baby girl’. Everyone knew Sista Jenkins! She loved life and loved people. To know her is to love her.
A Time For Every Purpose...She was reared and educated in the public schools of Berkeley County. At an early age, she was converted and became a faithful member of Jerusalem United Methodist Church in Cross, South Carolina. There she attended faithfully as one of God’s servants.
Sista was employed as a cook at Black’s Camp and at Hill’s Landing and became well-known for her awesome cooking skills. Everyone loved her potato salad, collard greens, chicken feet, catfish stew, Thanksgiving stuffing, cakes, and sweet potato pie. You have not had potato salad until you have had Sista’s potato salad. She was at her happiest when she was cooking.
A Time to Be Blessed...She was blessed with two beautiful children, Sara Joann Jenkins and Michael Anthony Jenkins, Sr.
A Time to Rest...She fought Cancer and Sarcoidosis long and hard to the very end and never complained. When you would ask her how she was doing, she would always respond by saying “I’m okay”. She told us that the only thing to do regarding her illness was to pray because that is what she was doing. She had turned her health over to God and was at peace because it was in God’s Hands. She was called from labor to reward on Sunday, May 30, 2021, at her home in Cross, South Carolina surrounded by her family. Her wings were ready, but our hearts were not.
A Time to be Remembered...Those who will always cherish her sweet memories are: Her daughter, Sara Jenkins of Cross, SC; Her son, Michael (Viveca) Jenkins of Orlando, FL; Her mother, Sarah Lee Spann of Cross, SC: Five brothers, James (Sharon) Jenkins of St. Stephen, SC; Joseph (Linda) Jenkins of Cross, SC; Benjamin Jenkins, Jr. of Cross, SC; Larry (Cheryl) Jenkins of Newburg, NY; John L (Jennifer) Jenkins of Cross, SC; Four sisters, Elaine Spann, Geraldine Spann, Susan Spann of Cross, SC; Laverne Spann of Charlotte, NC; Six grandchildren, DeVante’ (Derika) Jenkins of Athens, TN; Michael Anthony Jenkins, Jr. of Orlando, FL; Jordyn Jenkins of Ladson, SC; Brianna Russell of Moncks Corner, SC; Jonathan Robinson of Orlando, FL; Leilani Jenkins of Orlando, FL; Three great-grand son, JaBari Jenkins of Athens, TN; Bryson Wilcox and Sabastian Wilcox of Ladson, SC; One very special great-niece that she called her own baby, Tranice Smalls. One uncle, Reynold (Earline) Jenkins of Boston, MA; Two Aunts, Elouise Jenkins of Boston, MA; and Ethel (John) Sabino of Gautier, MS; Eleven nephews and five nieces, one niece preceded her in death. Sixteen great-nephews, twenty-seven great-nieces, two great-nieces proceeded her in death.
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