Carl Edward Jernigan of 425 Nixon Way, Dowelltown, Tennessee died Monday, February 8th at Alive Hospice, Saint Thomas Hospital, surrounded by his family and friends. He was retired from the United States Air Force, where he served 25 years, and from the State of Tennessee, where he served 13 years as the Business Administrator for Tennessee Preparatory School. He was a Gideon and a faithful member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church. He will be best remembered for his compassion for others, his ability to overcome odds, his love for God, his family, and his country.
He was predeceased in death by his mother and father, Lavana Pogue (Green) Jernigan and Hugh Jernigan;brothers, Paul, Hall, and Ross Jernigan; sisters, Lector Warren and Dora Green Jones; and Kazuko Akao Jernigan, the mother of his children. He is survived by his wife, Sue N. Puckett-Jernigan, and family; Carol Jernigan Boehms and husband, David Boehms of Joelton, Tennessee, Leslie Boehms of Oak Park, Illinois; Katherine Jernigan Stroud and husband, Bob Stroud of Lebanon, Tennessee, Christina Gordon Brasher and husband, Freddy Brasher, of Lebanon, Tennessee, Jacob Balding and Kiley Brasher of Lebanon; Michael Jernigan and wife Lois Jernigan of Beaver Creek, Ohio, Adam Jernigan and wife, Rachel Jernigan of Lebanon, Ohio, Sara Jernigan of Beaver Creek, Ohio; Jason Puckett and wife, Terre Puckett of Smithville, Tennessee, Daniel Jason Puckett of Smithville, Tennessee; Shane Allen Miller and wife, Dana Cantrell Miller, of Smithville, Tennessee; Amy Marie Ashford of Jefferson City, Tennessee; See Wook Kim of South Korea; Koby Bullard, U.S. Navy and Keeli Bullard, Smithville, Tennessee; sisters: Kate Jernigan Jones of Winchester, Tennessee, Cora Green Newsome of Panama City, Florida, Mary Jernigan Inglis of Huntland, Tennessee, and Marie Jernigan Statham of Huntland, Tennessee; sisters-in-law, Stella Jernigan of Huntland, Tennessee, Ann Nixon Puckett and husband Richard Hearon Puckett of Dowelltown, Tennessee; nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.
Visitation with the family will be at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home on Thursday, February 11th from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Additional visitation will be on Friday, February 12th at the Indian Creek Memorial Baptist Church, Hurricane Ridge Road, Smithville, Tennessee from 11:00 a.m. until the funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be at DeKalb Memorial Gardens.
Donations may be made to the Lighthouse Christian Camp, the Improvement Fund at Indian Creek Baptist Church, the Gideons, or Habitat for Humanity.
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.