James Jenkins

James Eric Jenkins

December 2, 1985 - May 16, 2020
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James Eric Jenkins passed away on May 16, 2020, at his home in Conway, Arkansas at the age of 34.

James was born on December 2, 1985, in Little Rock, Arkansas to James Elmer and Brenda Ellen (Grissom) Jenkins. He graduated from Vilonia High School in 2004. For everyone that knew James, his life was never easy for him. When he was young, his life filled with multiple visits to several doctors. They got to know him very well. At a young age, James would tell them how he felt under his breath, and the doctors would turn and say, "what did he say"? His family would just look at each other, not believing what he had said. The doctors would laugh, and when James came back to the doctor, they would always joke with him about the last visit.

Finally, something good happened to him, a match made in heaven, when he met April Morton, who was in a wheelchair like him. She traveled all the way from Washington State by herself to be with James. She became his whole world. James and April were married in 2012. Everyone loves her and is proud to have her as a part of their family.

James and April got a puppy that they named Waylon and he became a special part of their lives. James enjoyed playing Xbox games with April. He enjoyed fishing, riding his four-wheeler, going hunting, traveling, singing and going to concerts. His favorite genre was country music. He played basketball for the Arkansas Junior Rollin' Razorbacks.

James taught us how to look at the world and see the challenges that a handicapped person goes through. He loved his family very much. He will be forever loved and missed until we see him again.

He is survived by his wife, April Morton of Conway; parents, James and Brenda Jenkins of Conway; one sister, Tammy Henson (Dustin); niece, Alaina Henson; two nephews, Caden and Tayhlor Henson all of Conway; Aprils parents, Steve and Kathy Morton of Washington; her grandmother, Mary (Nonie) Osborn of Washington; his brother-in-law, Alex Morton (Stephanie) and their children, Amber and Landon who all loved him as their own.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Donna and Eldon Grissom; JW and Wanda Jenkins.

A graveside service will be held, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at Carter Cemetery off Hwy. 36 in Vilonia at 3:00 P.M. with Bro. Bradley Grissom officiating.

Services are under the care and direction of Vilonia Funeral Home 1134 Main Street Vilonia, AR 72173. Sign the online guestbook at
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Tuesday, May 19, 2020 3:00pm
    Carter Cemetery
    Nature Valley Drive
    CONWAY, AR 72032
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Turn onto Nature Valley Drive off Hwy. 36 in front of Liberty Church of The Nazarene
    Brother Bradley Grissom
  • Interment

    Carter Cemetery
    Nature Valley Drive
    CONWAY, AR 72032
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Turn onto Nature Valley Drive off Hwy. 36 in front of Liberty Church of The Nazarene


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Sally Roeder

Posted at 11:35pm
James was a special person, I loved his smile! Unless you got to know him, you wouldn't realize his sense of humor. He was very devoted to April and she to him. They were an amazing couple. He will be greatly missed. Sally Roeder

Vickie Rogers

Posted at 06:42am
So very sorry. I had the privilege of being James's fourth grade teacher. One of my favorite memories is the day he invited Lt. Governor Rockefeller to our classroom. Mr. Rockefeller was there to see a presentation about technology in our school. James was one of the students showing things they had learned. James told him he would like him to visit his class. So he did!

Love, Amy (Johnston) Hall

Posted at 07:00pm
My deepest sympathy. Audrey and I cant be at the service but you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
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Love Aunt Jackie and Uncle Roy

Posted at 05:53pm
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers to April and family. As this tree develops and grows, so will the memories of James.
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SUSAN Arnett

Posted at 03:37pm
Was so sorry to hear about James. I had James in my kindergarten Class and he made that a very memorable year. He will be truly missed.

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