James Robert “Jim” Jenkins, 88, died February 2 at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Wilkes Medical Center in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Jenkins helped establish Holly Farms Poultry as a leader in the chicken industry. Jenkins was vice president in charge of live production at Wilkesboro-based Holly Farms Poultry, later acquired by Tyson Foods, when he retired.


Jenkins was co-owner of Blue Ridge Hatchery in Wilkesboro, was which was among companies combined under the leadership of the late Fred C. Lovette to form Holly Farms. He was in charge of Holly Farms’ hatcheries and breeders.

Jenkins was born March 19, 1929, in Georgia. He was elected a Wilkesboro commissioner in 1973 and was a member of the Holly Farms board of directors. He was an active member and deacon of Wilkesboro Baptist Church.