Hometown: Dawson, GA (Terrell County)
Position: F Playing Height: 6-11 Playing Weight: 185
Date of Birth: May 25, 1965
Date of Death: March 19, 2023 [Kansas State - 69 - 75]
Nickname: Cedric "Swoop" Jenkins (More)
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Game by Game Statistics
Mr. Basketball State of Georgia 1984 (Class AA)
Scholastic Coach All-American
1987-88: Academic All-SEC
Obituary - Cedric Jenkins Obituary, Albritten's Funeral Service (Dawson, GA) (March 22, 2023)
A friend to many, CEDRIC CORTRELL JENKINS was a smart and caring young man who dedicated his life to family. He loved family get-togethers and filled the room with laughter and spread his contagious sense of humor. He was passionate about photography, basketball, and chess.
Born in Cuthbert, GA, to loving parents, Allie and Sammie Jenkins, Cedric was reared in the spirit of Christ. He was baptized at Sardis Baptist Missionary Church in Dawson, GA, and was educated at Terrell County High School in Dawson, GA, where his basketball skills were honed.
He earned both academic and athletic scholarships to the University of Kentucky where he graduated in 1988, in just three years, with dual degrees in marketing and business. He was known as "Swoop" due to his ability to show up for the dunk. He went on to play professional basketball throughout Europe (Belgium, Germany, and Italy) and Asia (Japan). Before retiring from the sport, he played in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) with the Wichita Falls Texans.
Cedric served God's people as a Deacon for the Main Street Baptist Church in Lexington, KY. He also served as the new members leader for the Consolidated Baptist Church, in Lexington.
A skilled banker and a man of wisdom, Cedric enjoyed financing small businesses. He was an entrepreneur at heart and owned a GNC franchise as well as real estate. Raised in a family of educators, Cedric had a tender heart for young people and spent his time coaching and advising them. He raised two sons teaching them to step through fear and pursue their dreams.
On Sunday, March 19, 2023, Cedric went to rest. He was preceded in death by his father, Allie Jenkins.
Cedric's legacy and precious memories will forever be etched upon the hearts of his wife, Jamie Jenkins; his sons, Alijah and DeShawn Jenkins; his mother, Sammie Armistad Jenkins; his sisters Tammye (Mack) Ware, Linda (Carl) Hollister of Springfield, VA, and Edna (Walter) Davis of Hampton, VA; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends.
A special thanks to his Kentucky brothers, Leroy Byrd, Irving Thomas, and Paul Andrews who served each other as safety nets in many a storm.
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