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Bob Jenkins and Margaret Jenkins served as tireless advocates for Yellow Mountain Enterprises in Avery County, only one of the many beneficiaries of Jenkins’ boundless energy and generosity.
Matthew Hundley

Originally published: 2013-05-08 13:54:40
Last modified: 2013-05-08 13:54:53

Bob Jenkins dies at 79

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Avery County lost one of its most dynamic advocates for disabled adults with the passing of Bob Jenkins on Monday, April 29, at age 79.
Across the nation, Jenkins was known as one of the most decorated and celebrated track coaches in recent memory, inspiring and driving countless young people in York County, S.C., and later across the nation, to greater success not only on the track but in all aspects of their lives.
In Avery County, however, Jenkins may be better known for his tireless efforts to promote and support Yellow Mountain Enterprises, helping it rise out of dire straights in tough economic times that have forced many other nonprofits to close.

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