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Edward Lee Jernigan

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Edward Lee Jernigan

September 19, 1924 - November 27, 2013


Mr. Edward Lee Jernigan, 89, passed away peacefully on Wednesday afternoon at Kitty Askins Hospice Center surrounded by his family.

Mr. Jernigan was born in Wayne County on September 19, 1924, to the late Alec and Sallie Capps Jernigan. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Eudelle Sasser Jernigan.

Ed was a native of Grantham and graduated from Grantham High School. At 17 he left to work in Baltimore. He returned to North Carolina and soon joined the Army Air Corps. (Air Force). Ed proudly served his country during World War II in England as a mechanic on B17s.

After the war, he returned to Goldsboro and soon met the love of his life, Eudelle Sasser of Nahunta. Ed began working with Carolina Power and Light (CP&L) and soon transferred to Mount Olive as service representative. He retired in Dunn as a senior lineman with a total of 40 years.

Mr. Jernigan was very active in the Mount Olive community where he was a member of the Mount Olive First Baptist Church. He served as a deacon, usher, and on many committees. Ed was a charter president of the Mount Olive Lions Club. He was also a member of the Mount Olive Fire Department and held the status of the oldest retired member.

When Mr. Jernigan moved to Dunn, he was a member of the Dunn First Baptist Church and served as a deacon and usher. While in Dunn, he started his business named "Ed's Used Cars".

Upon retiring he and his wife, Eudelle, decided to return to Goldsboro as they would be near family and old friends. They became members of the Goldsboro First Baptist Church.

In his later years, Mr. Jernigan enjoyed surf fishing at Emerald Isle. He enjoyed riding his Ford Explorer down the beach to the pointe at Emerald Isle and Black Skimmer Road.

Ed will be best remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, relative, and friend.

Mr. Jernigan is survived by his daughter, Joan Jernigan; his granddaughter, Dr. Amanda J. Wynn. He is also survived by three sisters, Jean Godbold of Clinton, Susie Williams of Newton Grove, and Alice Berigtold of Maryland as well as one brother, Jerry Jernigan of Florida. In addition, he is survived by many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by three sisters, Ola Mae Bryan, Lucille Lammers, Polly Kennedy, as well as three brothers, James, Billy, and Ray. Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Jernigan to First Baptist Church, 125 S. John Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530 as well as Kitty Askins Hopsice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, NC 27534.

The family will receive friends Friday, November 29, 2013 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 12 noon in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home with Dr. Glenn Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Wayne Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.
Published in The News & Observer on Nov. 30, 2013
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