Steve Jenkins, former Oak Ridge finance director and deputy city manager, died Tuesday after battling cancer, according to his obituary. He was 67.
Jenkins grew up in Middlesboro, Kentucky, where he became a life-long University of Kentucky basketball fan. “He enjoyed nothing more than watching and attending UK games with his children and grandsons,” his obituary said.
Jenkins graduated from Clinton High School (1967) and the University of Tennessee (1971).
After beginning his career in finance at Carson Newman College, he moved his family to Oak Ridge, where he began a 26-year career at the City of Oak Ridge as finance director and deputy city manager.
After retiring from the city in 2012, Jenkins took a finance position at ETHRA in Knoxville, making many new friends who very caringly supported him through his illness, the obituary said.
Jenkins was a core member of Faith Promise Church, attending the Pellissippi Campus.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arlie and Gwen Hodge Jenkins.
He leaves a loving family including his wife of 43 years, Judy; daughter, Kristen Jenkins Shubert (Jason) of Knoxville; son, Josh Jenkins (Meghan) of Nashville; grandsons, J. J. and Isaiah Shubert; stepmother, Melba Jenkins Greer (John); sister, Karen Hopkins (Russell); brothers, Dwight Jenkins (LeeAnn), Kelly Jenkins, and Lynn Jenkins (Sharon); sister-in-law, Nancy Whittaker; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.
The family will receive friends Friday, March 17, from 5-7 p.m. at Faith Promise Church, Pellissippi Campus. The funeral will follow at 7 p.m. with his brother, Pastor Dwight Jenkins officiating. Family and friends will meet on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Oak Ridge Memorial Park for graveside services. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Faith Promise Church, the American Cancer Society, or to a charity of choice.
More information will be added as it becomes available.