Fred Jenkins, 89

Jenkins Electric co-founder, longtime EASA member leaves lasting legacy

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Fred Jenkins

Fred Cline Jenkins, one of the founders of Jenkins Electric, of Charlotte, N.C., and longtime EASA member, died on May 11, 2016. He was 89 years old.

In 1960 Fred Jenkins and his brother, Ed, took over Armature Winding’s Industrial Equipment Repair and Motor Parts business and renamed it Jenkins Electric Company. Armature Winding continued in business as a major stocking distributor for General Electric. In the late 1930’s, Ed Jenkins Sr. had volunteered as a support engineer for fellow members of the newly formed National Industrial Service Association (now EASA) linking the Jenkins name to industry leading technical ability and a commitment to supporting fellow repair operations. In the 75 years since, the company has had a strong connection with the association.

Fred was born in Stanley, N.C. on February 1, 1927. He attended Harding High School in Charlotte, graduating in 1945, where he played basketball. His affinity for the sport would be duly noted over the course of his life, as a dedicated spectator and fan of the Charlotte Hornets and Carolina Panthers.

Immediately after finishing high school, Fred was drafted into the Army and served as a staff sergeant in Italy during World War II. When he returned home, he enrolled at North Carolina State College (now NCSU), where he graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1951. He began his career at Armature Winding Company in Charlotte, working there until 1969. Fred then partnered with his brother, Ed, to purchase the motor repair portion of Armature Winding, establishing Jenkins Electric Company. In 1976, the business moved to its present location. Fred retired in December of 1997.

Fred became a charter member of Christ Lutheran Church when it was organized in 1954. In 1970, Fred and his wife Harriet bought a lake lot to spend their summers with family, ultimately turning it into a vacation home in 1991.

He is survived by his sister, Ruth Jenkins Nelson, and nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his loving family – his wife, Harriet; their son, Harry Preston Jenkins and wife, Julie; their daughter, Marsha Jenkins Kinniburgh and husband, Rob; and his three grandchildren, Kathryn Elaine Kinniburgh, Amanda Colleen Kinniburgh, and Robert Patrick Kinniburgh.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , the Columbarium Dedicated Fund of Christ Lutheran Church, or a charity of the donor’s choice .


One Response to “Fred Jenkins, 89”

  1. Hey Butch,

    …I had no idea He was always kind to me ,just like his brother Ed Good men…good times Boy,it makes you really think. What used to be Order and Trust….gone…gone We are between the Old and the New and the New isn’t even a whisper

    Later mate


    On Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 1:47 PM, Electrical Apparatus Magazine wrote:

    > Charlie Barks posted: “Jenkins Electric co-founder, longtime EASA > member leaves lasting legacy Fred Cline Jenkins, one of the founders of > Jenkins Electric, of Charlotte, N.C., and longtime EASA member, died on May > 11, 2016. He was 89 years old. In 1960 Fred Jenkins an” >

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