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Deaconess Willie Mae Jenkins Jackson

October 1, 1947 — September 22, 2022

Savannah, GA

Adams announces the passing of Deaconess Willie Mae Jenkins Jackson, 75, who transitioned on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at Candler Hospital.

Adams announces funeral services for Deaconess Willie Mae Jenkins Jackson which will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at Happy Home Missionary Baptist Church located 1015 E Gwinnett St, Savannah, GA 31401.

Interment: Greenwich Cemetery.


Willie Mae Jenkins Jackson was born October 1, 1947 to the late TW Jenkins and Edna Lemon in Screven County.  Willie Mae went home to be with the Lord on September 22, 2022, her girls and Dennis by her side.

Willie Mae was preceded in death by her father T.W Jenkins and brother Willie Jenkins

Willie Mae graduated from Screven County High School in 1967.  She met the love of her life John Jackson in 1968 and they were joined in holy matrimony July 3, 1969.

After moving from Sylvania to Savannah she began working for the Kronowitz family. What started out as just a job turned into her new extended family. It was in the Kronowitz kitchen with her lifelong employer/friend Bailee the gourmet meals and decadent desserts were born.  Southern fried chicken, fresh homemade breads, baklava, and pies are just a few of dishes they enjoyed cooking together. The cooking did not stop on Jones Street but when she got home, she cooked and baked for her family. No two pot meals for her and John, but three to four course meals just in case someone drops by. Her signature red velvet cakes were requested for birthdays, holidays, family gatherings or just because.  Now if you were chosen during the holidays to get cookies, the first rule was to keep your can from the year before.  Willie Mae baked hundreds of cookies during the holidays that was her way of showing love to church members, friends, and family.


Willie Mae was a faithful member of Happy Home Missionary Baptist church since 1985. She joined with John and they both served faithfully. Willie Mae served on many ministries to include the Senior Usher Board, Deaconess Ministry, Pastor’s Aide Ministry, and The Outreach Ministry. She worked to ensure the church was suitable for Sunday service weekly until her health failed.  Willie Mae was an honest woman never to shy to speak her mind, but always exuded love and compassion.


She leaves to cherish his memory, two devoted daughters, Keyona Jenkins and Tigust James both of Savannah; Mother; Edna A Lemon of Savannah, GA; Sisters; Sophie Barnes of Sylvania, GA, Shirley Porter and Carolyn Bethea of Statesboro, GA; Lartreye Smith of Miami, Fl; Brothers; Paul Jenkins, Lonnie Jenkins, Kenny Jenkins all of Savannah, GA, and Tommy Jenkins of Sylvania, GA; Sister in laws; Jamie Jenkins, Phyllis Jenkins and Latruce Jenkins of Savannah; Brother in laws;  Adam Barnes of Sylvania, GA and  JR Smith of Miami, FL; Her heartbeats; Alexander Cook, III, Keith James, Telvin Patterson, Terria Smith and Titan Robinson-Patterson;  Aunts; Carrie Brown, Juanita (James) Walker, Joann Graham all of Savannah, Maulden Albright, Adell Jenkins of Sylvania, and Eula Mae Sears of Miami, FL; Godson, Antonio Brodnax Goddaughter, Fallon Dumas; Goddie grands Michael, London and Jordan all of Savannah, GA; Devoted spiritual son and daughter Dea. Dennis and Carol Hendry; Devoted and loving extended family The Kronowitz; Lowell, Hillary, Jack, Peter and Amanda; Special niece Mariaka Scott;  A host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends and family.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Bonaventure Cemetery/Greenwich Section

330 Bonaventure Rd, Thunderbolt, GA 31404

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