Cayce Wilson Jenkins, 53, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at University of MS Medical Center in Jackson. He was born July 13, 1969 in Gulfport, the baby of four children to parents Robert Lonnie and Gladys Elaine (Breland) Jenkins. Cayce grew up along the Gulf Coast, spending time in Ocean Springs for a while, then to Gulfport where he called home for many years. Growing up, he was an outside boy that was a cowboy from the start. Everywhere he went, he always wore his boots, along with his holsters and cap pistols. "Boots" rode his imaginary horse for many miles every day, and always went to bed with his chocolate milk and tea beside him. Cayce attended Harrison County schools, playing football for the Rebels. After his educational pursuits were over, he went to work as a carpenter in construction. He enjoyed working with his hands, building and fixing things. If you truly knew him, then you know he had his struggles in life. But he always did his best whatever he faced, and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. To relax, he enjoyed nothing more than spending time on the river, fishing, swimming, and hanging out with friends and family. He was always building something, like bird houses or whittling on a piece of wood. He is lovingly remembered as a kind-hearted guy, usually quiet and contemplating something. Cayce was always smiling, a joy to be around, and will be forever missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded by his parents, Bobby Jenkins and Gladys Parker, his maternal grandparents, Woodrow and Alice Breland, paternal grandparents Cayce and Edna Jenkins, and his brother-in-law, Steven Thamert. left to cherish his memories are: his two children, daughter Heidi Hartshorn (Robbie Cecil) of Gulfport, and his son Levi Walker of McPhearson, KS; his sibling: one sister Loni Thamert of Wiggins, and brothers Billy (Donna) Westbrook of Lucedale, and Paul Westbrook of Gulfport. Cayce leaves a legacy of four grandchildren: Phoenix, Oden, Dante, and Emma, along with twelve nieces and nephews, among whom Kelli would claim he was the best uncle ever, with numerous extended family and friends through the years. His final wishes were to be cremated, which his family is honoring. A Celebration of his Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of any floral arrangements, please consider making a donation to help the family offset funeral expenses for Cayce. No donation is too small, and it would be greatly appreciated. Simply click the "Donations" tab above. Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Jenkins family in their time of need and asks that everyone remember them in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.
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