Our Queen Bernice Jenkins, daughter of Crezil Blackmon and Vaughn Johnson Sr. was born December 22, 1951 in Rosebud, Alabama. She departed this life peacefully on October 23, 2020 at the age of 68. Bernice moved to Cincinnati at an early age and graduated from Hughes High School in 1970.
She was united in holy matrimony to Robert Lee Jenkins in 1970. This union was blessed with two daughters Felicia “Lisa” and Angela. She became a widow in 1982 at the age of 29. During this trying time in her young life she strengthened her relationship with her Lord and Savior by studying God’s word, while trusting, believing and leaning on the Lord to see her through.
Our Queen worked for Teva Pharmaceutical for over 21 years. She was very upbeat and vibrant in character. She was a fashion icon who enjoyed shopping, traveling and spending precious time with her family while making unforgettable memories that will always be near and dear to our hearts. At family gatherings you wouldn’t catch her without her wearing her dress Blazer or her coach accessories, coach shoes or coach handbag. She was known for her delicious sweet potatoes and baked beans. Bernice was a giver who worked hard to make sure her children and grandchildren had whatever they needed. She was our teacher, comforter, counselor, prayer partner and friend who instilled so much wisdom into our lives. Her life was a living example of one of her favorite bible verses, Psalm 37:25- “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
Bernice is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Jenkins and her parents, Crezil Blackmon and Vaughn Johnson Sr. along with many other loved ones.
Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her two daughters: Felicia (Maurice) Lewis, Angela (Ron) Williams and her loving companion Willie Rease of 30 plus years. She was an AMAZING grandmother to her grandchildren, Marquan Lewis, Martez Lewis, Ja’Mier Jackson, Patrice Williams, Karyia Williams, Rhylee Williams, Ronald (Chunks) Williams and her great grandchild Kim’Myia Ewando. She also leaves to cherish her memories; two sisters, Connie Wallace and Carolyn Betts; two brothers, Kevin Armstrong and Vaughn Johnson Jr.; one aunt, Katherine Jenkins and a host of nieces, nephews and friends who loved her and will miss her dearly.
“Look back, but don’t go back”…………………….Queen B