Prince William County Supervisor John Jenkins, who had been battling pneumonia for weeks following knee surgery last fall, died Wednesday, Prince William County officials said this morning.
Jenkins, 79, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, at INOVA Fairfax hospital. The Democrat was the longest-serving supervisor in the county's history and was elected to the Neabsco District seat in 1981.
County officials released a statement from his family saying Jenkins' life "was defined by service to others."
"He was a decorated veteran who also served many years with Fairfax County Schools," the statement said. "Supervisor Jenkins has been on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors for 36 years, the longest-serving supervisor in the history of Prince William County.
"Supervisor Jenkins will always be remembered for his dedicated service to the citizens of Prince William County, his faith and most of all his love for his family."
"Our family is truly grateful for the care, support and kindness of the medical staff and caregivers and for the outpouring of prayers and concern from all of our many family members, friends and thousands of supporters who knew and loved him."
Details regarding services are being finalized and will be made available soon, the statement said.