Eric Jonathan Jenkie

by Lynn McMillen
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  D.2.10.24  Eric Jonathan Jenkie.JPGDr. Eric Jonathan Jenkie, 49, Tuscumbia, AL, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2024. A memorial service will be held at Colbert Memorial Chapel at 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, 2024. There will be a 2nd Memorial Service Friday, February 16, 2024, at 1 p.m., at Gassett Funeral Home in Wetumpka, AL with the burial in Pleasant Hill Baptist Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Giovanna Jenkie of Tuscumbia; daughters, Anika Jenkie, Lila Jenkie, Käthe Jenkie, and Talia Jenkie; sister, Laurie Anderson Nebraska and Christy Stuart (Jonathan) of Eclectic; parents, Ronald and Diane Jenkie of Wetumpka; in-laws, James and Dia Witherington of Eclectic and Yovany Castillo of Canada; aunts and uncles, Lauralee Thompson, Denise Crapo, Suzanne Holtz, and Russell Vogel.

God is so good and throughout our lives he has led us. Word of a pregnancy in 1974 brought delight to our souls. Eric Jonathan Jenkie, born October 14th. Sweet blue-eyed 9 Ib baby boy. He was the perfect addition to this camping family. We traveled all over Europe and England. His two sisters Laurie 8 years at the time and Christy, five, at the time were delighted to play with their baby brother.

Military life for us in Germany was amazing. We lived on “the hill” which was filled with WWII history. We were privileged to live there 4 years. It was time to go home in 1976- the Bicentennial. What a celebration! It was snowy in Michigan and Eric was sledding with his cousins. Unfortunately, he ended on the bottom of a pileup and a broken tibia. He was casted for a long time.

He had a life-long love for sports especially soccer and baseball. Graduated from Jeff Davis and headed to Auburn to study Geology, where he met his wife, Giovanna. They were married soon and headed to University of North Alabama for enrollment in Biology. He graduated in three years and worked in a lab afterwards. After a year he felt God calling him to Medical School. He enrolled Virginia VCOM and in fours was finished. While in school four beautiful daughters were born to them…Anika, Lila, Käthe, and Talia. Residencies and Fellowship finished his medical training. The Lord led them to the Shoals at Helen Keller Hospital. After about a year he fulfilled his dream of opening his own private practice called 1Life, neurology center.

Eric Jenkie, D.O.

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