Bobby Stanley Jenkins

March 29, 1935 - August 1, 2018
Bobby Stanley Jenkins

Bob Jenkins 83, of Wilmington passed away Wednesday morning, August 1, 2018 at the home of his niece Tammy Hostetler in Sneads Ferry, NC.

Bob was born in Sneads Ferry on March 29, 1935 the son of the late George Vernon and Ruby Holland Shepard Jenkins. He was also preceded in death by a sister Patricia Ann Flynn, and a niece Cheri Lynn Bean.

He went to Dixon School and continued his education to interior design at New York School of Design.

He loved Wilmington, if that is not already a given. He has always had a servants heart and really enjoyed helping others. His true passion was for history and to really make an impact on our local community and the very important preservation process of downtown Wilmington and it’s history. He thoroughly enjoyed people, was incredibly witty and truly had a soft spot for children. His tour company, Wilmington Adventure Tours was truly gratifying and something he took the upmost pride in.

He is survived by his caretaker and niece Tammy R. Hostetler and husband Thomas, formerly of Wilmington and now a longtime resident of Sneads Ferry, and their children, Christoffer Hostetler, and Andy Hostetler, Alexandria Hostetler Schmidheiser and husband Ryan and their son, Landon, nephew Milton Buergey and son Tyler. He is also survived by his younger sister, Meriam Mae Jenkins, her daughters, DeVonda Kaye Thompson and husband Buddy and her daughter Karen Thompson and husband David all of Sneads Ferry. Also surviving is a devoted cousin Michael Moore of Wilmington.

A celebration of life service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday August 5, 2018 at St. Jude’s Metropolitan Church, 19 N. 26th Street.  Pastor John A. McLaughlin will officiate the service. A reception will immediately follow the service where the family will see friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church at

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Sunday, August 5, 2018
2:00 PM

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19 N 26th St
Wilmington, North Carolina 28405
(910) 762-5833

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  • August 03, 2018
    Linda Dail says:
    We have lost a treasure. I am saddened to realize we will never hear his wonderful stories again

  • November 07, 2019
    Guy C says:
    He was friendly man who always had a good word to say about something, even if he was being facetious. I miss seeing him downtown...

  • August 07, 2018
    John Pucci says:
    31 years ago, Bob and I would have great conversations at the riverfront. He made a great impression on me. If we are lucky, we will leave this life having enriched a few lives. Without trying, Bob accomplished this with everyone he met. I will always remember our talks.

  • August 07, 2018
    Diane Smith says:
    I had the privilege several years ago to go on one of Bob's walking tours which was a wonderful experience. I would also see him occasionally when he would come by the Local History room at the library to do his research. He was one of the nicest people who frequented the library, and he will be sorely missed. My prayers go out to all the family

  • August 06, 2018
    Pat Howey says:
    Bob was truly a treasured gem to Wilmington and one of our local celebrities. His decorating talents were exceptional. In the early 70's, my parents asked for his help in decorating their home and then, 30+ years later, I reached out to him for his services as well! I would see Bob around town often and he would always ask about my mother and we would reminisce about the early Wilmington years. I will miss seeing his smiling face and enjoying his spirited personality. Rest in peace Bob.