As a whole, the family felt the loss Sunday morning. It is an uncommon sadness, the kind only felt when you lose a member of your closest group of friends.
That speaks to the enormity of Jenkins' personality. In general, I saw him two weeks a year, at the state tournaments.
Prior to the last couple seasons he was a fixture in the press box at University of Charleston Stadium, running the clock for Capital High School football games.
I'd see him an average of 10 days a year, and he had a tremendous impact on me because of the manner in which he conducted his business and the way in which he made our business pleasurable.
He coordinated post-game interviews, ran stats out at halftime to writers on press row, did player introductions at press conferences, and did it with happiness.
After consecutive weeks of all-day basketball coverage, covering the state tournaments gets tiring. But during those two weeks it didn't matter what was going wrong in the bowels of the Civic Center (and just like any show, there's plenty that can and does go wrong) or how chaotic a situation was. Jenkins was always calm, positive and jovial.
He was an irresistible force of good.
In a variety of ways, Christopher Wade can be seen as a Jenkins' protege. Not only does he work as a part-time sportswriter here as Jenkins did more than 20 years ago, but Chris involves himself in the administration of as many Charleston-area sporting events and activities as he can find time in the day to fill.
Looking for a real-life Charley West? Chris Wade - affectionately known as Swade - is your man.
Sunday morning, Chris took to Facebook like so many others to express his reaction to the news of Jenkins' passing. His wasn't a long note, but at the end was a sentence that said it all.
"Everybody loved Wilbur and he will be so missed," he wrote.
Chris is right and his succinct message was true to its target. Wilbur Jenkins was family to all of us in the prep sports world of the Kanawha Valley and well beyond, and he was a positive influence even to those who never knew him by name.
Contact Preps Editor Derek Taylor at derek.tay...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5170. Follow him on Twitter @ItsreallyDT.