John F. Jernigan, age 83, of Mulberry Grove, formerly of Smithboro, passed away Sunday, February 8 at Helia Healthcare. Funeral services for 83 year old John F. Jernigan will be Saturday, February 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church or Helia Healthcare.
John Franklin Jernigan, the son of Ralph Jernigan and Nona Bell Taylor Jernigan, was born on March 16, 1931 in Smithboro. He grew up there and attended the Smithboro schools and graduated from Smithboro High School in 1947. John answered his country’s call by joining the United States Army on December 4, 1951 and was honorably discharged on February 16, 1952 at Fort Leonard Wood. John returned to farming for a time, then worked with his father-in-law Vern Hoffman in the operation of Hoffman’s Gulf Station here in Greenville. John and Edna later purchased the station re-naming it Jernigan’s Dalee Service station which he ran until 1984. John then worked for Carlisle Syntec for a time, then at Lynn’s True Value Hardware and for Rural King in Vandalia until his retirement.
John and Edna Mary Hoffman were united in marriage on October 10, 1953 at the Smithboro Baptist Church and enjoyed over 57 years together before Edna’s death on May 29, 2011. They are the parents of their son who survives: J. Russell (Pamela) Jernigan of Greenville, one grandson Keith (Kasie) Jernigan, and 2 great-grandchildren Lukas Jernigan and Natalee Jernigan.
John is also survived by his sister Pauline (Donald) McCray of Greenville, and brother Lloyd (Kay) Jernigan of Smithboro. John is preceded in death by his parents, sister Marie Hubbard, and two brothers Bill Jernigan and Doug Jernigan.
John was a member of the Smithboro Baptist Church.
Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home
203 W Oak St
Greenville, IL 62246