Donald Lewis Jernigan, 67, Died Jan. 29, 2013
- Deceased's name: Donald Lewis Jernigan
- Age: 67
- Date: January 29, 2013
- Hometown: Dearborn, MI
Donald Lewis Jernigan, 67, of Bumpass, VA, died Tuesday January 29, 2013.
He was born to the late Charles and Ruth (Rogers) Jernigan, May 5, 1945, in Dearborn, MI. Don graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1963 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1963- 1966. He married the late Carol Michael in 1966 and were happily married for 28 years prior to her untimely passing. They started their lives together in Lincoln Park MI., before relocating to Cadillac, MI, Herndon, VA and ultimately settling in Frederick MD.
Don started working at the age of 12 as a paperboy in Wyandotte, MI. Throughout his life he has worked in many fields, from a lineman for Detroit Edison, boiler operator at Mercy Hospital, cameraman and Director at TV 9/10 ultimately finishing up his professional career at NABET/Communications Workers of America where he served as a International Staff member for over 20 years and he passionately represented the hard working men and women of the union.
Don spent the last years of his life living on Lake Anna where he spent a lot of his time relaxing with good friends and family. He was an active member of both LACA and Hickory Landing HOA and has was previous a member of the Lions Club. His love of family and music was unmatched, he enjoyed debating politics and was always ready to lend a helping hand. He also loved to travel, read and for several years was a Dive Master teaching countless others to Scuba dive.
Don is survived by: his long time girlfriend, Karen Talamini of Mt. Airy MD, her children, Randy and Brian and her grandson CJ; two children: Wendy Wagner, of Sterling, VA and Donald and Lori Jernigan, of Urbana, MD;. He also is survived by six siblings: James (Karen) Jernigan, Pat (Paul) Dillon, David (Barbara) Jernigan, Michael (Peggy) Jernigan, Bonnie (Greg) Pawlik and Sally (Frank) Virsala, and three sibling-in-laws: Joan Michael, Patricia (Ron) Huntley and Carl (Jill) Michael. In addition, fifteen nieces and nephews: Julie, Laurie, Carrie, Kristina, Deborah, Rebecca, Joseph, Meghan, Allison, Carl, Andrew, Nathan, John, Thomas, Robert and thirteen great nieces and nephews Sarah, Bridget, Dillon, Rachael, Stephen, Jason, Ava, Ryann, Valentina, Adrienne, Matthew, Andrew and Cecelia. Most importantly, he is also survived by the lights of his life, his 3 grandchildren: Jessica, Justin and Jacob and “The Bears”.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in his name to the Lake Anna Rescue Inc. (LARI) or the Lake Anna Civic Association (LACA).
Friends and Family will be received from 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. on Friday, February 1, 2013 at the Akers Funeral Home, 299 Raystown Road, Everett, PA 15537.
Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel at Akers Funeral Home with Father Richard B. Tomkosky officiating.
Burial will be held privately at Everett Cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.akersfuneralhome.com