DeMario “Mario” Rejshard Jenkins Sr. was born on March 12th, 1982 in Tampa, FL to Kimberly Wiggins (Kenner) and Thaddeus Jenkins. He was born smiling and his smile became his trademark. Mario attended private and public schools in Hillsborough County, before attending and graduating from Eastside High School in Covington, GA.
At an early age he was baptized at St. John Progressive MB Church and later became a member of Bible-Base Fellowship Church (Ehrlich Rd then Temple Terrace).
Growing up Mario’s first love was playing sports. He began playing little league T-ball, until he was old enough to play baseball and football where he excelled on the field for many years. His passion for eating and cooking food guided him into the food industry through various restaurants including Applebee’s Stonecrest, GA.
Mario loved to talk, crack jokes, smile and spend time laughing with family and friends. He never met a stranger and EVERYONE he encountered became a loving and supportive part of HIS family. He was a very Loving and Devoted father to his children.
Mario was proceeded in death by his grandparents: Arizona and Anna Mae Jenkins, Arthur F. Wiggins and a host of other family members.
Mario will Truly be missed by EVERYONE.
Mario leaves to cherish his legacy and memory his Mother: Kimberly Wiggins-Kenner of Tampa, FL; Father: Thaddeus Jenkins (Alphanette) of Tampa, FL Children: Balinda and DeMario “DJ” Jenkins Jr.(Decatur, GA) Sisters: DeAndrea “DJ” Jenkins, DeEra Kenner, Madison Jenkins (Tampa, FL), Tiffaney White (DC) and Keyonna Jenkins (Augusta) Brothers: Thaddeus and Chad Jenkins (Tampa, FL), Grandmother: Evelyn Williams (Covington, GA) Special Great Uncle and Great Aunt: Lawrence (Gwendolyn)Williams Nieces and Nephews: Lo’Vondre Ownes and Ty’Niyah Speller Tampa, FL), Cobe Hollingsworth (DC) and Kaleb Jenkins (Augusta, GA), Cousins like Brothers: Duan Williams(Linda) and Khamani Williams (Jalissaya) (GA), and Lorian(Andrea) (PA) and a host of loving relatives and friends in Tampa, Fl and the Georgia area to include Godbrothers, Godsisters, Godchildren and the Stonecrest Applebee’s family.