Valerie Gribble Jenkins

Valarie Gribble Jenkins, age 93, of Robbinsville, NC, went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 6, 2017. At the time of her death she was a resident of Graham Care Center.

She was born in Clyde, Haywood County, NC on Aug. 23, 1923, the daughter of Jacob Aaron and Maggie Dorvana Cody Gribble formerly  of the Tuskeegee Community of Graham County. She was a member of the Robbinsville First Baptist Church for more than 75 years.

Valarie was first and foremost a mother and grandmother, epitomizing the qualities defining those roles: patience, wisdom, generosity, nurturance and love. In addition to her devotion to family, she performed a number of jobs in her long life, including running the Junaluska Grill and Black Knight Drive In, being a secretary at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, making hosiery for Berkshire Mills, providing personal care for a disabled adult, and running a dining hall for hundreds of workmen during the building of Fontana Dam. In her youth, she and her family traveled the United States extensively visiting most of the 48 contiguous states. During that time they lived in Klamath Falls, OR, Jacksonville, FL, and Detroit, MI.

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Loyd Allen Jenkins, brothers Carter and Dock Gribble, sisters Nora Earlene Gribble, Martha Francis Gribble, Stella Gribble Wells, Roberta Gribble Palmer, Minnie Marie Gribble Hawkins,  Ivey Gribble Kenney, daughter, Jerline Norma Jenkins Laughter, granddaughter, Angela Laughter, and sons-in-law William Dale Laughter, Sr., and Leonard Colvin.

Surviving family include sister Frankie Gribble Holder, daughters Lois Jenkins Cagle, Patricia Jenkins Colvin, Lee Ellen Jenkins Adams, and Angela Kim Jenkins, sons-in-law Bobby Cagle, Jr., and Larry Adams, grandchildren William Dale (Shane) Laughter, Jr., Angie Renee Colvin, James Todd Colvin, Bobby Dale Cagle, and Shaun Larry Adams, great grandchildren Victoria Shae Laughter, Joshua Tryn Colvin, Jerrica Rae Clark, Stephanie Cornwell, and Tyler Franklin, as well as great great grandchildren Parker Wake Mullinax, and Navy Jax Mullinax.  She also loved many nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family both in Graham County and throughout the United States.

The family received friends on Friday, Feb. 10 from 12 - 2 p.m., followed by a service in celebration of her life from 2 – 3 p.m. both at Robbinsville First Baptist Church. Interment  immediately followed at the Old Mother Church Cemetery.

Townson-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.  

An online register is available at

The Graham Star

Mailing address: P.O. Box 69, Robbinsville, NC 28771

Street address: 720 Tallulah Rd., Robbinsville, NC 28771

Phone number: 828-479-3383

Fax number: 828-479-1044