Doraville Mayor Ray Jenkins, 80, died Wednesday, Feb. 2. He had recently been hospitalized with pneumonia.
Jenkins was elected to the Doraville City Council from District 2 in 1974. He was
elected mayor in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. His current term ends at the end of this year.
A native of Doraville, Jenkins attended the old Doraville School for several years and he graduated from Chamblee High School.
Jenkins served two tours of duty during the Korean Conflict and received an honorable discharge in 1954.
After his discharge, Jenkins returned to Doraville and began a career with
the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1986. Jenkins leaves a wife, three children and four grandchildren.
As a city councilman, Jenkins was instrumental in setting the Doraville’s millage rate
at a time when most homeowners paid no city taxes on their residences. He was a key supporter of the Doraville parks program and founded the city’s Animal Control Service.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, from 5-8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 6, from 2-5 p.m. at H.M. Patterson Funeral Home-Oglethorpe Hills, at 4550 Peachtree Rd. NE in Atlanta. The funeral is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 7, at Oglethorpe Hills. Burial will follow at Georgia National Cemetery, 1080 Veterans Cemetery Road in Canton.