Sarah Jenkins Remembered

Sarah Louise Langston Jenkins, 68, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Shelby. Born in Kinston to the late Bryant Cameron Langston, Sr. and Lena Fields Langston, she and her husband, Robert Duke Jenkins, Sr., have called Shelby home since 1973. The happy couple celebrated 47 years of marriage on September 10. She is also survived by her son, Robert Duke Jenkins, Jr. (Debbie Tullos); and grandchildren, Hamilton Tobias “Toby” Jenkins and Bailey Quinn Jenkins; sister Evelyn Langston Phillips; brother Bryant Cameron Langston, Jr. (Wanda); nephew David Phillips, Jr. (Barbara); great-nephews Cameron, Garret and Grayson Phillips; niece Tracey Langston (Doug Hudson); great niece Alexa Hudson; niece Susan Langston McCollom; great-nephew Jared McCollom; and great-nieces Kaitlyn and Brooke McCollom; nephew Gary Langston; niece Amy Langston Finelli (Michael); and great-nephew Dominic Finelli. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her mother and father-in-law, Don and Betty Edman of Grifton; her brother John Jay Langston; sister-in-law Brooks Langston; nephew John Jay Langston, Jr.; and brother-in-law Dave Phillips. Sarah attended Contentnea School in Kinston before going on to receive associate degrees in business administration from both Lenoir Community College and Cleveland County Community   College. She chose jobs in service of others, spending several years as a teacher’s assistant at Elizabeth Elementary School in Shelby and as a social worker with the Cleveland County Department of Social Services. In retirement, she devoted much of her time serving the church family she loved so dearly at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, where she was the designated bread maker in the church’s kitchen. Sarah’s ability to love, completely and unconditionally, was humbling. Most people reserve that kind of love for those closest to them, but she shared it with everyone she met. Her love continues, unabated by her death, reflected in the eyes and voices of everyone who knew her. That’s a legacy to which we all should aspire.”The Lord didn’t say it came to stay; he said it came to pass.” – Sarah Jenkins “G’ma”Visitation: The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Aldersgate UMCFuneral Service: 2 p.m. Monday at Aldersgate Funeral Home: Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.Memorials: May be made in her memory to Aldersgate UMC, 1207   W. Dixon Blvd, ShelbyOnline Guest Registry: