Leon Jernigan, Jr.

July 19, 1926 - July 21, 2013
Leon Jernigan, Jr.

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Leon Jernigan, Jr., 87, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013. He was born in Suffolk to Leon (Sr.) and Maude Jernigan, July 19, 1926.

He attended Fork Union Military Academy and graduated from Suffolk High School. He served in Germany during WWII and is a veteran of the U. S. Army. After an honorable discharge, he attended St. Alena College, a branch of the College of William and Mary. He was employed as a sales representative with Nabisco, Inc. from 1952 to 1988. Sales challenged him and he won many top sales awards.

He was very active in his church. Throughout the years, he led several Christian ministries: The Williamsburg Camp of The Gideons International, Sunday services at the Henrico Regional Jail East and the Williamsburg KOA Campground, Evangelism and Youth Ministries, and he served as a member of the nominating committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Betsy Olive Jernigan; his son, Jack Jernigan; his daughter, Susan Jack and her husband, John; three grandchildren, Annie and Hunter Jernigan and Caroline Jack; four step-grandchildren, T.J., Ben, Emily and Molly Jack. He is also survived by six cousins; Marion Beasley, Joyce Bennett, Jack Brock, Marie Haas, George Jernigan and Elizabeth Sauls; two sisters-in-law, Frances Mitchiner and Julia Shearon, and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm Saturday July 27, 2013 at Smith Memorial Baptist Church, Williamsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International, Williamsburg Camp, PO Box 6813, Williamsburg, VA 23188, www.gideons.org or The Williamsburg Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 213 McLaws Cir. Williamsburg, VA 23185 www.alz.org.


Saturday, July 27, 2013
12:00 AM

Smith Memorial Baptist Church - Directions
Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA

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  • July 30, 2013
    BETTY V GREENE says:
    Betsy - I was sorry to hear about Leon - Him and Kenny go way back in the grocery business. The two of them would always joke around. I believe Leone and Kenny are in heaven together now. Betty

  • July 24, 2013
    Anne and Gary Miller says:
    Betsy, Jack, Susan, we were so saddened to hear of Leon's passing. I have a wonderful memory of our last conversation, and as soon as you told Leon that I was Forrest's daughter, we shared a hug and he remembered me well. We are in N.C. on Saturday, but we will be thinking and praying for all of you. Hugs and love to each of you. God Bless You All, Anne, Gary, Sarah and Ruth Anne

  • July 27, 2013
    Bob and Judith Nilson says:
    Blessings and prayers to your family. So glad we were home and able to attend the servie today. God bless you and your family!! Love, Judith and Bob

  • July 26, 2013
    Ms Lewis says:
    Condolences to your family during this time. I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Leon each week when I worked for Farm Fresh. He always had a kind word, smile and pencil behind his ear! He was one of the nicest vendors ever.

  • July 30, 2013
    Frances Griffin says:
    Dear Betsy, Jack,Susan & family: You are all in my prayers. Leon was a very special person. It was a real joy to see him stocking NBC products in a grocery store or passing by our house on his way home. We'll miss him. Love, Frances