James Wayne “Butch” Jenkins, age 70, of Ruleville, MS passed away at home on Saturday, May 14, 2022, surrounded by loved ones.
Butch was born, on August 25, 1951, to Betty Bills Jenkins of Ruleville, MS, and James Albert “Buddy” Jenkins of Drew, MS, and Elkhart, IN.
Butch was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Bills Jenkins, his father, James Albert “Buddy” Jenkins, three uncles, four aunts, and a dearly loved companion, his duck dog Dixie.
Butch is survived by his wife, Elise Dreaden Jenkins, Ruleville, MS; sister-in-law Lea (Paul) Long, Marks, MS; nieces, Suzanne (Ryan) Winters, Oxford, MS; Sarah Grace (Tony) Domino of Jonesboro, AR; Dr. Kaitlyn Mize (John) Burnett of Oxford, MS; Claire Mize of Oxford, MS; Cameron Mize of Oxford, MS; seven “grans”, a host of cousins, two fur babies, Doe and PD and Natalie Smith who he thought of as his daughter.
Butch graduated from Ruleville High School and attended Mississippi Delta Community College. He owned Jack’s Package Store and later founded Mississippi Police Supply in 1987, which was his pride and joy to the end.
Butch started his career with the Ruleville Volunteer Fire Department in 1983 later serving as Chief in the early 1990’s. After serving as Chief for several years he continued to serve as a fireman until he retired in 2021 with 38 years of service. Being on the fire department was his calling. He also served as an Alderman for the City of Ruleville for twenty years.
Butch was an avid duck hunter and was a member of the Jacquith Brake Duck Club. He was also a strong supporter and volunteer of Delta Waterfowl.
His favorite pastime was spending time in the country. He will forever be missed by his many family members and friends.
A visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Ruleville Baptist Church. The Celebration of Life Funeral Service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Brother Robert Haney will officiate the service. Graveside service will be held at the Lehrton Cemetery in Ruleville, MS.
Pallbearers are Gregg Bills, Lawson Holladay, Doug Russell, Bob Schmaltz, Joe Tranum, and Ricky Williams.
Honorary pallbearers are Pete Burnett, Ronny Clark, Tommy Garner, Joe McCoy, Ronald Terrell, Ruleville Volunteer Fire Department, and Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ruleville Baptist Church, P. O Box 187, Ruleville, MS or Ruleville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 105, Ruleville, MS.
Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The online guest register may be signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net.