Donald Ray Jernigan, 78, of Ozark, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2020 in Cox Medical Center South. Don was born August 18, 1942 in Christian County. He was the son of the late Elvis and Marie (Sowards) Jernigan. On January 15, 1965 he was united in marriage to Janice Wilkerson.
Don became a Christian at an early age. In 1960, he joined the United States Navy where he proudly served our country for four years. He then worked for Frisco Railroad for the next 20 years before retiring in 1989.
Don was an avid outdoorsman. He loved fishing, golfing, quail hunting and NASCAR. He loved his family dearly, and his biggest enjoyment was watching his grandkids grow up and attending their activities. He was a kind-hearted Gentle Giant and loved so much by his family. Don was a wonderful husband, Dad, Papa and friend. He will be greatly missed by all.
Don is survived by his wife, Janice; a son Mark Jernigan and wife Teri; a daughter LeAnn Snider and husband Tim; a son Aaron Jernigan and wife Stephanie; seven grandchildren Hana, Morgan, Garrett, Clayton, Maycee, Colson and Collins; a brother Bob Jernigan and wife Saundra; a sister Barbara Blount and husband Jim; a brother JT Jernigan and wife Della; and several nieces, nephews and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by a sister Donna Blount.
Don’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Baron and his caring team of professionals.
Graveside services with full Military Honors will be held Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 11:00 at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, 5201 S Southwood Rd, Springfield, MO.
Due to Don’s love of dogs, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri are appreciated.
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