His laugh. If you ask people what first comes to mind about David, most will say his laugh. That loud, uninhibited, contagious laugh that spilled through the house and echoed across the yard. Others might say his generosity, ingenuity, or his clever folk art such as the banjo he made out of a hubcap or his nail art flowers for Mother’s Day. Everyone will remember his quick wit- that comical ingenious humor that gifted everyone around him with laughter of their own.
David Robert Jenks, born Feb. 6, 1957 in Alexandria, passed away August 10, 2017 at Pulaski Community Hospital. David grew up in Radford and was a 1975 graduate of Auburn High School in Riner. He lived in the Little Creek section of Pulaski County for several years, surrounded by farmland and forest. He spent most of his life as a mechanic, and some will remember his 1957 Flathead Harley Davidson or any one of his cars such as his red 1976 Chevy Nova or his 1942 three window Chevy Truck.
He is preceded in death by his Mother, Betty Jo Hale Jenks. He is survived by his Father, Charles M. Jenks III; brothers, Charles M Jenks IV (Buddy) and Wesley Nicholaus Jenks (Nick); sister, Judy Branscom Jenks; nephews; Shaun Allen Jenks, Ryan Nicholaus Jenks, Stephen Craig Branscom, Jr, and Charles Clay Branscom; great nephew and niece, Hunter and Haley Jenks; step nieces and nephews, Cassie Roy, Steven Jones, Dakota Smith, Caleb Smith, Ray Moss and Monica Neisler; as well as special friend, Bonnie Plaster.
The family would like to thank the medical professionals and staff of New River Internal Medicine, Pulaski Community Hospital, and Pulaski Health and Rehab for their exceptional care and compassion during his illness.
The family has honored David’s instructions and request for a brief private viewing. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the charity of your choice with notifications mailed to 1683 Little Creek Road, Dublin, VA 24084.
The Jenks family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory, Radford. www.mullinsfuneralhome.com