Longtime North Beach VFD member Jenkins dies at 77
A former long-term member of the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department died last month in Florida. He was 77.
William “Butch” Joseph Jenkins Jr., of Port Orange, Fla., died Oct. 25, according to an online obituary. Members of the fire department said this week Jenkins was dedicated to the depar tment and worked mostly in administrative positions, including as president, secretary and treasurer.
Born in Washington on Sept. 22, 1941, Jenkins was the oldest of three children. Baptized in the Catholic church, Jenkins spent the majority of his adult life as a resident of North Beach.
Before moving to Florida, Jenkins was a member of the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department for 48 years. He was the chairman and member of numerous committees in Calvert County and Southern Maryland fire associations, according to the obituary.
A former president of the Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Jenkins served as the fire department’s delegate to the Maryland State Firemen’s As- sociation. He was inducted to the Calvert County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association and the Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s Associations’ hall of fame. He worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, which later became Amtrak, for 42 years, the obituary said.
Jenkins married his second wife, Iris Denise (Young) Ringer, in 1986, and they relocated to Florida in 2010. Jenkins was an avid Washington Redskins fan. He also enjoyed bowling, country music, music of the 1950s, golfing, hunting, the ocean, playing cards, poker, slot machines and traveling.