July 7, 1838 - July 27, 1920
|Rev. M. G. Jenkins was born in Atlanta, Ga., July 7, 1838; and on July 27, 1920, he passed to his heavenly home, thus ending an earthly career of 82 years and 20 days. He joined the Georgia Conference of the M. E. Church, South, in December 1859. He was ordained a deacon in 1861, and an elder in 1870. His first year’s service was on the Eatan-ham and Calhoun charge, beginning there his long, self-sacrificing and fruitful ministerial life. Afterwards he served the Calhoun circuit and was pastor at Isabella. Then he was transferred to Texas by Bishop Kavanaugh and stationed at Navasota. Afterwards he served in succession Texarkana, Leesburg, Weiner, Huntsville, Colorado City, Mineola, Gatesville and Detroit. In December 1893, he was transferred to the Louisiana Conference and appointed to Calhoun for 1894. He served Bastrop the two following years— was pastor at Calhoun the second time in 1897. Subsequently, his charges were Covington, Logansport, Mooringsport, and Plain Dealing. Brother Jenkins at one time served the church in California, but we have no account of his labors there.
0n December 18, 1902, Brother Jenkins became a superannuate and made his residence in Dallas, always afterwards living in Texas. Rev. J. D. Scott, assisting at hi, funeral service, read the following: “Brother Jenkins was fortunately and happily married to Miss Susan Monroe, of Thomasville, Ga., in 18€5. She was of the best and highest type of Christian womanhood and a true helpmeet, but she preceded her husband a few years to the glory land. There were born to this union two daughters and one son.
Brother Jenkins, like a well-ripened shock, was seasoned in character and ready to be garnered. The last audible words he spoke in bidding good-by to loved ones were these:
“Bright angels are from glory come,
They are around my bed, they are in my room.
They have come to waft my spirit home.
All is well! All is well!”
I was intimately associated with Brother Jenkins during the years he labored for the Master in the Louisiana Conference. I was his presiding elder, and often with him in religious efforts, and we became close friends and brethren beloved. He ranked among the best as a pulpit man and diligent pastor, and was blessed of God in his winning for the Savior very many precious souls. Of strong and brilliant mind, cultivated and refined, with a loving heart that sought to help and save the lost and comfort the troubled and afflicted, he was a true soldier of Jesus Christ and was careful to preach only the Gospel of the Son of God. Throughout the years of his residence in Texas we have been correspondents, much to my delight and profit. He has gone home; and, having been “faithful unto death,” he wears the “crown of life” in the perfect bliss and fadeless glory of the better world.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1920, page 67.|