Thomas Joseph Jenkins, Jr. of Palm Bay, Florida, lived 82 years until his passing on July 12, 2014 in Melbourne, Florida.
Tom was born in Columbia, South Carolina on November 7, 1931 to Thomas Joseph Jenkins, Sr. and Carmen Busto Jenkins. He moved with his family to Florida at an early age.
Tom served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1954 with the rank of Staff Sergeant before attending the University of Florida. He graduated in 1959 with a degree in Marketing.
While Tom was in college, he met his wife Patricia (Patti). Tom and Patti were married for 57 years.
Tom first came to Brevard County in 1961 and his career in corporate marketing and public relations developed as he invested himself in the local community, including his work in various divisions of Harris Corporation and City Manager of Palm Bay for two years from 1974 to 1976.
Tom was as avid reader and loved sailing, photography, and fishing. Everyone who met him experienced his easy going personality and loving smile.
Tom is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Patricia Jenkins, his son Glenn Jenkins and wife Karen Jenkins, Grandchildren Rachel, Cole, and Jack Jenkins; his daughter Jayna Jenkins and grandchildren Layla Lazouski and Daniel Snyder; and his sisters Rita Riffel, Carmen Nichols and Dolores Jenkins.
Fountainhead Funeral Home in charge of services.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Thomas Joseph Jenkins, Jr. Memorial Fund, supporting research efforts and awareness of stroke prevention and recovery. Funds will go to the National Stroke Association.
Information regarding donations: www.stroke.org/goto/thomasjenkins
The Memorial Service is scheduled for Friday, July 25th at 1:00 P.M. at Fountainhead Funeral Home in Palm Bay, Fl.