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Foster Thomas Jenkins
Date: 11/3/2018
Location: Thomasville

Foster Thomas Jenkins, “Papa,” devoted husband, Dad, grandad and great-grandad, left this earth Saturday morning, November 3, 2018 to reunite with his best friend and beloved wife of more than 59 years, Nancy. Together, Foster and Nancy raised a loving family with three surviving children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Foster was born May 30, 1938, in Morganton, N.C., the first son and eldest child of Vernie Ree Buff Jenkins and Glenn Elson Jenkins. Foster was preceded in death by both parents and his younger brother, Alston “Peanut” Dean Jenkins. Foster, a Navy veteran, loved his country, his family, being outdoors, celebrations and holidays, [including exterior and interior illumination], books and sports. He had a passion for high school athletics and for many years traveled the state as a North Carolina High School Athletic Association [NCHSAA] football official. A former football, basketball and baseball player, starring for Salem High School, Morganton, N.C., Foster derived great joy and pleasure in watching and cheering on his children and grandchildren in both their athletic and non-athletic activities. He quickly became an “expert” on swimming, soccer and basketball coaching. A follower of all things sports, Foster spent much free time watching games live and on TV. A devoted Tar Heel fan, he seldom missed a University of North Carolina ballgame. Foster was an avid reader and history fan who enjoyed action movies and books, always ready and willing to share stories, knowledge and, much opinion, with his family and friends. Foster was always there to help any and all with household projects, or whatever else people needed him for. Many relatives and friends were entertained and delighted by Foster’s unbridled enthusiasm for holiday celebrations. Suffice it to say, Clark Griswold [aka Chevy Chase] was his illumination hero! Foster excelled as a field engineer for more than 40 years, traveling the United States and the world. After ‘retirement’, he continued to consult until his health forced to give up the career he loved. Our Dad, “Papa,” will always hold a special place in our lives, full of memories of how he has shaped our futures and guided us through thick and thin. Foster is survived by his daughters, Theresa Jenkins Smiley, Winston Salem, N.C.; Lynn Jenkins Driggers and spouse, Tim, Thomasville, N.C.; his son, Thomas E. Jenkins and spouse, Kay, Trinity, N.C. Foster's surviving grandchildren are Brittany Johnson Todd and spouse, Reid, Winston Salem N.C.; Taylor Cole, Thomasville, N.C.; his two grandsons, Damon Jenkins and Kyle Jenkins, Trinity, N.C.; his two great-grandchildren, Clara Todd and Foster Todd, Winston Salem, N.C. Additionally, Foster is survived by his niece, Leslie Jenkins Mack and nephew, Jason Dean Jenkins of Las Vegas, NV. Funeral services will be conducted at noon on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in the chapel at the JC Green and Sons Funeral Home, 122 West Main St., Thomasville, N.C. The family will receive friends at 11:00 AM prior to the service. A graveside service will follow at Holly Hill Cemetery, Thomasville, N.C. Following the graveside service, the family will receive friends and relatives at the home of Tom and Kay Jenkins, 3678 Thayer Road, Trinity, N.C. 27370. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, N.C. 27292. Online condolences may be directed to


Lynn and family, I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. May your memories of him help you through this time of sorrow. You are in my prayers.
~ Karen Strider Thomas Thomasville , North Carolina
I am praying for the family. I was his neighbor growing up. When I got older I officiated football with him many years. I consider him a great mentor that made me a better official. Foster now can be back with Nancy which he missed so much.
~ Donnie Sprinkle THOMASVILLE , North Carolina
~ Tony Hayes lexington , North Carolina
Lynn, Tim and Taylor, May you and your extended family be comforted during this time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
~ Amy Phillips Robbins , North Carolina
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
~ Doug and Vickie Tharp Lexington , North Carolina
Lynn my heart has broken for you these last 2 years! Your parents meant a lot to so many people! I always felt welcome in your home! Foster was so sweet I know you will miss your daddy. Praying for you, Teresa, and Tommy . Love you my friend.
~ Kathy Michael Thomasville , North Carolina
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Fond memories of time spent together and working with the Fair Grove school boosters club and sports activities. God bless you Theresa, Lynn and Tommy.
~ Jim and Myra Harris Beaufort , North Carolina
My heart hurts !! So sorry for your loss to the entire Jenkins family .Foster was like my second dad as neighbors growin up we all shared so many memories Foster n Nancy took me in n welcome me into their home akwawayw gonna miss him dearly! Nancy keep him straight up thief with my mom n dad love n miss u all
~ Jeff Johnson Trilled nc , North Carolina
Lynn, and entire family, I know your hearts are heavy. Sending lots of hugs and prayers your way!
~ Penny Bell Thomasville , North Carolina
Lynn and Taylor, May God grant you peace and understanding during this time. I pray you have everlasting memories of wonderful times with your father/grandfather to carry you for years to come. Allison Briley
~ Allison Briley High Point , North Carolina
My heart goes out to the entire family for your loss. I remember growing up and spending so many fun times with Teresa and the entire Jenkin household. Prayers for all of you, I know he will be missed.
~ Belinda Hiatt Harris Greensboro , North Carolina
So sorry for the loss of your dad. Prayers for you and your family.
~ Debbie Hedrick Thomasville , North Carolina
Our hearts and prayers are with the family. We know how much you loved him and you will miss him.
~ Gene Diana Best Mocksville , North Carolina
God strengthens us by giving us "the power beyond what is normal" to make it through each passing day. Psalm 46:1 says: "God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress." Isaiah 41:13; I "am grasping your right hand, the One (God) saying to you,...'I will help you.'" Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; Psalm 147:3)
~ Rachel Morton Graham, , North Carolina