Goodine, Jenkins remembered at Greenville HighBy W. WINSTON SKINNER
Brandon Goodine, who lost his life serving in the military overseas, and Taddius Jenkins, who was prepared to enter military service, were remembered in a ceremony in Greenville on Sunday.
A Remembrance Vigil and Lowering of the Flag was held at the flagpole on the grounds of Greenville High School, where both had been students. Goodine, who had lived in Luthersville, was killed in Afghanistan on June 7. Jenkins, who was preparing to enter the Navy, lost his life in an automobile accident on Friday.
Thaddeus Jackson, principal of Greenville High, and two local ministers spoke. A coach presented Jenkins’ football jersey to his mother.
Lone Oak Mayor Brian Ferrell attended the program, which lasted 20-25 minutes, with his family. There were about 50-75 people initially, but the crowd gradually swelled to more than 100.
Ferrell said he knows Goodine’s father, and his daughter was friends with Jenkins. “He was supposed to go Aug. 6 to the Navy,” Ferrell said.
The speakers “talked very highly of both of the guys,” Ferrell said. “It was sad, but it was good to see the community support.”
Ferrell’s wife, Lisa, remembered Jenkins as “a good Christian boy.”
She also spoke of his “infectious smile.” She said, “When he would smile at you, you would just have to smile.”
Mrs. Ferrell said Jenkins funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Greenville High School.