He was born Dec. 18, 1922, in Brazil, to Joe Jenkins and Zola Seward Jenkins.
He was the owner of Jenkins Poultry and Egg Market, which was started by his parents, from 1948, until he retired in 1969.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Dorothy Vandevoir Jenkins, in 2008, and his son Thomas Jenkins, in 1950.
He is survived by cousins Wayne Jenkins, Brazil, and Don Mercer and wife Betty Ann, West Terre Haute.
Jim was a 50-year member of the Brazil Elks Lodge No. 762 and a World War II United States Army Airborne Veteran, receiving five Bronze Stars.
He graduated from Brazil High School in 1942.
The family would like to thank Beverly Horrall, manager of Cannon Inn, and the aide angels of Cannon Inn as well as the aides from Meadows Manor North for making Jim's life happy.
Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Callahan and Funeral Home, 605 S. 25th St., Terre Haute.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in the Chapel at Calvary Cemetery, with Rev. David Rockhill officiating and V.F.W. Post No. 972 providing military honors.
Entombment will be in Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.
Funeral information is also available at www.callahanandhughes.com.