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April 9, 1967 ~ April 20, 2023 (age 56) 56 Years Old
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Durand L. Jenkins was born on April 9, 1967 in Charlotte, North Carolina. On April 20, 2023, he entered eternal rest at Levine-Dickson Hospice Center following a month-long hospitalization at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center. He was educated in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school system, and played varsity football during his high school years. After graduation, he accepted a football scholarship to St. Paul’s College (Lawrenceville, VA), where he matriculated for a short time. Durand’s passion for football continued into adulthood as evident in his avidly following NFL games, particularly those played by his favorite team — the Carolina Panthers. Durand spent a great deal of his days walking around Charlotte, regardless of the season. Quiet and reserved, he’d often wave a hand, but seldom utter a word, to neighbors he daily encountered. Among his friends and acquaintances were the pastor and members of Beauty for Ashes Ministry, who knew him affectionately as “Ron”. Durand attended services at the church and also was a regular volunteer for the church’s charitable mission. He could always be counted on to load up delivery trucks with clothing, food, toys and other essentials targeted to needy families. Durand Jenkins will be remembered by all who knew and loved him as a gentle, kindhearted fellow who enjoyed long walks, believed in repaying his debts, and loved Sundrop soda and Dots candy. Last, and utmost, he was fiercely devoted and loyal to his mother Alma, with whom he lived his entire life. Mr. Jenkins is survived by his mother, Alma Jenkins Lee; father, Rev. Lewis G. Walker; siblings Karen Vann, Joye Soares, Gromyko Walker and Ezekiel Walker; aunts, Dequilla Walker, Miranda Walker and Christi Isom; uncles, George Walker, William Walker and James S. Walker; great-aunts Sarah C. Stowe and Mary C. Moore Adams; a favorite cousin, James “Alex” Walker, and many other cousins