Supervisor John Jenkins

Supervisor John Jenkins

A memorial service and funeral for John Jenkins, a longtime Prince William County supervisor who died this week, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Hylton Memorial Chapel in Woodbridge.

The 12:30 p.m. service will follow visitations, also held at the chapel, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 8 p.m., Prince William County officials announced Friday. Supervisor Jenkins will be buried in his home state of Alabama.

Jenkins (D) passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6. He had been battling pneumonia, which he contracted after knee surgery last fall, county officials said last December.

Jenkins, 79, served on the Prince William Board of Supervisors for more than 36 years -- more than eight terms -- making him the longest-serving member of the board. 

Jenkins, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who served two tours in Vietnam, moved to Dale City in 1973 and soon thereafter joined the Dale City Civic Association as the Forestdale representative.

In 1982, he was appointed to the board of supervisors to fill the Neabsco District seat vacated by James McCoart, according to a county press release.

Jenkins’ achievements during his nearly four decades in office were many. 

He successfully pushed for the construction of the Dale City Recreation Center, the James. J. McCoart Administration Center, the G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium, the Potomac and Rappahannock Transit Center, the county's Boys' Home and Girls' Home, the Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center, the Gar-Field Police Station, the Chinn Park Regional Library and Fitness Center, the Freedom Aquatics Center and about a dozen other buildings across the county, including fire stations, schools and senior centers, the county press release said.

 In addition to advocating for public spaces, he supported the building of roads and other infrastructure and was a primary proponent for building the Prince William Parkway in the early 1990s.

He also pushed the initiative to provide police officers with county-issued, bullet-proof jackets and to create the motorcycle traffic unit.

Between 1985 and 1986, Jenkins promoted the building and opening of the Dale City Mini Library. In 1993, at Jenkins' prompting, the county allocated $1.44 million in additional funds for Prince William County schools, county press release said. 

In 2018, Jenkins supported a vote on the board to make June "LGBTQ and More Pride Month.”

Jenkins was voted by his fellow supervisors to serve as vice chairman two times and as chairman pro-tem for the last several years. 

Jenkins also served two terms as chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission; state president of the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions; state president of the Virginia Association of Counties; chairman of the Virginia Railway Express Operations; and chairman of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, among other leadership positions.

Jenkins is survived by his wife Ernestine, three sons, 14 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

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