Rupert & Henrietta Jernigan



Rupert & Henrietta Jernigan

Wednesday, June 28, 2017-St. Johns Episcopal Church-11am

Interment-Cross Creek Cemetery #4

And Until We Meet Again…

April 27, 2016

…May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

When I think of my Grandma Jernigan, I think of Youth Dew by Estee Lauder first. She wore the scent every single day. One time she told me she went through three bottles a year. It was the scent of her home, the scent when she hugged you, and that scent wafted after she left.
I think of shrimp. My grandma taught me the way to devein shrimp and how to boil them for supper. She taught me how to shell beans. One particular Christmas, she even taught me how to cook a turkey in the microwave.
I think of the green armchair in her den with the wide wood armrests that I could curl up perfectly in. Every time I decorate my Christmas tree, I think of when she instructed me very specifically that the large ornaments go on the bottom of the tree. “You work your way upward,” she implored.
She was the first person to introduce me to red velvet cake, which became my favorite. She drove an entire red velvet cake to me when I lived in Orlando during college. She brought a beef tenderloin to Nebraska one visit because she was unsure if we would have any of good quality. She stuffed a ham in the backseat of her car when she picked us up in Raleigh, in the event we got hungry on the hour drive to Fayetteville, where she lived.
I think of how she loved the color pink, Greenbrier pink, specifically. Brighter than salmon but not candy-colored, it graced her wardrobe and her walls. I think how she only wanted to be photographed from the waist up. That she always called my Grandfather her “boyfriend.” That she never left the house without putting her face on.

I think of the North Carolina beach that she loved, how she whistled to herself always, and how she cheered for Freddie Couples. I think of how she loved her family.

And I think of the day when I will see her again. Rest in peace, Henrietta Jernigan.

And in The End, He Had to Join Her.

April 11, 2017

I like to think of how my grandparents are today in heaven, laughing, having met again. My dear grandfather passed away on Sunday night, less than a year after my grandmother. My brother Ben can tell stories that elicit laughter, but he had a special gift for coaxing it out of my grandparents and at my graduation I remember them laughing so hard that they were in tears. I can still hear that laughter. I like to think of them laughing like that again, together.
Henrietta and Rupert are together again. They loved each other quite possibly more than any married couple could.
My grandfather kept butter rum Lifesavers in his Buick with the fuzzy grey interior. The car would talk to you, which my cousin Rachel and I were in awe of. He measured every grandchild on their own post at his beach cottage. He complemented me on my hair and teeth, even if I was in a horribly awkward stage of life with my hair and teeth.
He always said “Hey, Darling” every time we talked.
He was a very good sport about wearing Mickey ears when he came to visit me at DisneyWorld. My grandfather was a Southern gentlemen through-and-through. He didn’t wear jeans and suit jackets were his preferred attire.
He got to meet Maura several times before he passed. They shared air kisses and hopefully a few memories.
He had softened in the later years of his life. Less present was rigidity of his WestPoint training or the insistence on sticking to his “no” list of foods. His favorite food, ice cream, made regular appearances in his diet.
After a long year, my grandparents are together again. Forever.

Henrietta Jernigan-------------------- to April 27,2016

Rupert Jernigan January 27, 1923 to April 11,2017


Mrs. Henrietta Hopkins Jernigan, 89

Mrs. Henrietta Hopkins Jernigan, age 89, of Gainesville, Georgia formerly of Fayetteville, NC; passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016.
Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel in Gainesville, GA is in charge of arrangements.


Rupert Watson Jernigan, Jr, 94

JOHNSON CITY, TN - Rupert Watson Jernigan, Jr. joined his late wife of 67 years in Heaven on Monday, April 10, 2017 while residing at Brookdale Senior Living in Johnson City, TN. In addition to his wife, Rupert was preceded in death by his parents, Rupert Watson Jernigan, Sr. and Grace Lindell Bright Jernigan; brother John Bright Jernigan, and a son-in-law, Thomas Kirk Morris. He was born on January 27, 1923 in Durham, NC though he grew up in Fayetteville, NC. In 1939, he graduated from Fayetteville High School and then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the next three years. In August of 1942, he was admitted as a cadet to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He graduated as a member of the Class of 1945. As a member of the “Greatest Generation,” he experienced many unique events including the 1942 Rose Bowl in Durham, NC; marching with the Corps of Cadets into Yankee Stadium for the Army/Notre Dame game of 1943; and the Army/Navy game playing for the Football National Championship in 1944. Rupert remained with the regular Army until 1954 attaining the rank of Captain. He was part of the occupational forces of post-war Japan and served in the Korean Conflict. Following his separation from the regular Army, Rupert joined the Kentucky National Guard and retired following 20 years of total service as a Lieutenant Colonel. Aside from his military service, Rupert was employed by Columbia Gas and Transmission System for 29 years before retiring in 1983. During his time in post-war Japan, he reconnected with Henrietta Marsh Hopkins, whom he had dated during a summer she spent in Fayetteville. She was in Japan with her parents, Major General Frederick Mercer Hopkins, Jr. and Henrietta Marsh Hopkins. They were married July 8, 1948 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Their love affair lasted the next seven decades, during which time they walked the Great Wall of China, toured the south of France, visited Italy, and traveled extensively. In the later years, they spent many summers at Sunset Beach, NC where they had a beach house. Those left to cherish Rupert’s memory include his sister, Mary Rose of Fayetteville, NC; Dr. Thomas Watson Jernigan (Linda) of Johnson City, TN; Mrs. Lynn Jernigan Perry (Brad) of Omaha, NE; Ms. Ann Jernigan Morris of Charleston, WV; and Mrs. Beth Jernigan Zermuehlen (Gary) of Johns Creek, GA. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Dr. April Flanary, Rachel Acton, Jessica Jernigan-Johnson, Benjamin Perry, Adrienne Fay, Margaret Heckert, Collin Morris, and Audrey and Lydia Zermuehlen; and 11 great-grandchildren. The family wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the staff of Brookdale Senior Living of Johnson City and Dr. Guy Robins for the care he received while residing in Johnson City. There will be a private service for both Rupert and Henrietta in June at Cross Creek Cemetery in Fayetteville, NC. Memorial contributions would be gratefully accepted for the Henrietta Marsh Hopkins Jernigan Scholarship for the Department of History at East Tennessee State University. Send to: ETSU Advancement, PO Box 70721, Johnson City, TN 37614 or visit Checks can be made payable to ETSU Foundation and include on the memo line the name of the scholarship. Memories and condolences may be shared at Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services 3001 Peoples Street Johnson City TN 37604 (423-610-7171 is honored to serve the Jernigan family.