Isaac Jenkins, of Savannah Georgia, passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at Memorial Hospital in Savannah. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Allen Funeral Home of Ridgeland. We welcome you to provide your thoughts and memories on our Tribute Wall.
Isaac D. Jenkins, Sr. was the fourth of five children born to the late Willie and Inez Jenkins on the January 6, 1945. He was the youngest son and was secretly spoiled by his mother, who was affectionately known as “Tommy”. His childhood he was briefly spent growing up in Screven County Georgia with his parents and siblings. His father was a sharecropper. After years of suffering racism from a landowner who didn’t want his children to be educated, Willie fled with his family in the darkness of night and relocated to Savannah for a better life. Isaac graduated from Johnson High School and followed his older brother’s footsteps and joined the United States Navy. He served on the USS Harwood DD 861. While under fire in battle during the Vietnam War, Isaac demonstrated exceptional valor in combat, performing heroic actions which led to him be awarded the Bronze Star Medal. During his enlistment he traveled around the
world and visited many ports of call, including South East Asia, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Upon discharge from active-duty service, Isaac went home to Savannah and married the love of his life, Frances Grant on 29 August 1970. During their 50-year marriage, Isaac and Frances shared many wonderful experiences together. They were a family centric couple- each one having a large extended family that were all close in heart and spirit, even if they weren’t close in location. They were an inseparable couple, anyone who knows them knows that if you saw Isaac, Frances was sure to be by his side. Together they were blessed with three children. Isaac was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was also an excellent provider for his family and ensured all his children received a Christian education via Ramah Junior Academy and other Seventh-Day Adventist and Christian based institutions.- Isaac was an extrovert and could strike up a conversation with anyone. Everyone called him by the nickname his mother gave him- “Poppa”. Legend has it he was known by and personally knew at least half of all the residents of Savannah and Richmond Hill! He was a longtime member of the West Broad Seventh Day Adventist Church, serving as a Deacon and in the choir. Poppa leaves behind his beloved wife, their 3 children: Isaac Jr. and wife Deborah, Katrina, and Ivan; 4 grandchildren- Isaac III, Kiyah, Perri and Malek; 4 siblings: Lorraine and husband James Hagan (deceased), Willie Jr. (Bill) and his wife Inga, Margaret (Fruitie) and husband Daniel Washington (deceased), and Carita and her husband Michael Bernard. His spirit was one of family first and he cherished every moment he had with loved ones. There are many other family members- know that he loved you all. His family asks that we all rejoice in the time God has granted us on this earth and to take heed to His words. Poppa is now sleeping peacefully, awaiting Christ’s return. Poppa would want you to be happy in the Lord. Psalms 116:15 and Luke 9:27. The family wishes to express sincere gratitude for all prayers, condolences, and sympathies, cards, flowers and acts of love. Due to
the pandemic, there will be no repast.
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