Stephan Lamont Jenkins had planned to become an entrepreneur and build a family of his own.
Jenkins died July 16, 2012, from renal carcinoma. He was 21.
He was born Nov. 10, 1990, to Donald Buxton and Katrina King.
Jenkins was baptized at Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Frederick L. Bowers. He was rooted and grounded in his faith and had a strong personal relationship with the Lord.
He was educated in the Philadelphia school system and attended Hartranft Elementary School, Wakisha Charter Middle School, Freire Charter High School and William Penn High School, where he graduated and received his high school diploma in 2009. He was enrolled in Community College of Philadelphia where he majored in business administration.
His family said he was an ambitious student who loved to read and write.
“As a young man Stephan was very resourceful and determined not to allow anything to stand in the way of goals set for him,” his family said.
He enjoyed his position at Acme Market because it allowed him opportunity to advance and maximize his diverse work skills. His time there allowed him to learn and set a plan to do greater things in his future.
“He took pride in becoming a diligent saver, obtaining a car independently, and most of all being a giver to his loved ones,” his family said.
“Stephan was a very special individual — loving, caring, thoughtful, sweet and very wise. If anyone entered into Stephan’s presence feeling sad he would do anything possible to make them smile,” his family said.
“His laugh was unique — his beautiful smile and eyes were too, making it difficult to ever fathom staying at odds with him. All he wanted in this life was love, respect and happiness. His presence has always brought a warm feeling to our hearts, and Stephan’s amazing spirit will live on forever.”
Jenkins was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Arnetta Russell; great-grandmother Dorothy Garrett; great-aunt Elaine Thompson; uncle, Omar Jenkins; and first cousin Maurice Robinson.
In addition to his mother, Jenkins is survived by his sisters, Shaneen and Sharnea Jenkins; brother, Richard King III; grandmother, Dorothy Jenkins; uncle, Demetrius Jenkins; two special uncles, Donald Thompson and Steven Robison; fiancée, Anita Seabrooks; best friend, Raushan Washington; godparents, Cynthia Seymour, Marion James and Lenard Green; and other relatives and friends.
Services were held July 28 at Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church, 3200 North Broad St. Francis Funeral Home handled the arrangements.