Brenda “B.J.” Jernigan

October 17, 1953 - January 15, 2023

10/17/1953 - 01/15/2023

Past Services

Visitation
Thursday January 19, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Memorial
Friday January 20, 2023
11:00 am
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Cemetery
Ahoskie Cemetery
First Street
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Directions
Additional Information:

There will be a private inurnment.

AULANDER, NC – Brenda Faye Jernigan, affectionately known as “B.J.” age 69, passed away on January 15, 2023 at her home, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Jernigan was born in Northampton County on October 17, 1953, a daughter of the late Garvis and Wilma Lewis Jernigan. Brenda worked as a cosmetologist for over 50 years and was owner/operator of Kut ‘N Up in Ahoskie for the past 25 years. She was a devoted member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and enjoyed helping deliver Meals on Wheels with her husband. She was a proud member of the Red Hat Society, better known as the Ya-Ya’s, and enjoyed the fellowship with her sisters. Brenda enjoyed attending live music events and dancing. She enjoyed nature and loved planting seasonal flowers in her yard, and over the years loved and cared for her dogs. Spending time at their home on the Chowan River at White’s Beach, was one of her favorite pastimes, making beautiful memories with family and friends. Brenda got involved in the Gallery Theater and entertained many with her acting skills, participating in two theater productions, “Cheating”, in which her character was a hairdresser and also played a part in “Trip To Bountiful”. B.J. battled cancer for over 6 years, continuing to work because of her love for her profession, always giving God the credit for her strength to go on. Her colleagues and clients were her extended family and they all loved her as that. Of all the things that B.J. loved, her nine grandchildren were her life, always ready to brag on and show pictures. She was a gentle soul and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Besides her parents, B.J. was preceded in death by her brothers, Julian Jernigan, and Ronnie “R.J.” Jernigan.

Left to cherish her memory is her devoted husband, Joseph Richard Jernigan, Jr.; four sons, John Paul Gleason and wife, Dawn of Savannah, GA, Brian Gleason of Aulander, NC, Joseph Richard Jernigan, III, and wife, Courtney of Springdale, AR, and Michael Jernigan and fiancé, Tara of Garner, NC; six grandsons, Hunter Gleason of Fort Collins, CO, Brendan Gleason of Salt Lake City, UT, Liam Gleason of Savannah, GA and Finnian Gleason of Elkridge, MD, Tiernan Gleason of Elkridge, MD, and Owen Jernigan of Springdale; AR; three granddaughters, Madison Gleason of Savannah, GA, Ann Marie Gleason of Savannah, GA and Isla Jernigan of Springdale, AR; two brothers, William Jernigan and wife, Nancy of Ahoskie, NC, David Jernigan, Col. US Army Ret. and wife, Brenda of Fayetteville, NC; and her beloved dog and companion, Cooper Jernigan.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 19, 2023, from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC, and other times at the home.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Friday, January 20, 2023, at 11:00 am at the Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel, with Pastor Greg Hurdle officiating. A private inurnment will be in Ahoskie Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions may be made directly to Oak Grove Baptist Church, PO Box 247, Aulander, NC, 27805 or online by clicking here or directly to the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge, 930A Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC, 27834 or online by clicking here or directly to PAWS of Hertford County, 231 Mt. Moriah Rd., Ahoskie, NC, 27910 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Jernigan family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.

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Rev. Joshua Prosser
13 days ago

Jernigan family I am so sorry to hear about Ms. Brenda’s passing. May Christ give you His comfort and peace during this time. I and everyone at Earlys are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Dianne Smith
13 days ago

So sorry for your loss. May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding bring you and your family comfort and peace and wisdom and strength during this difficult time in Jesus name Amen and Amen.

Laurie & Eddie Smith
15 days ago

Richard & Family, Eddie & I cannot express our sincere deepest condolences to you all! BJ was 1 of the sweetest people we ever knew in the Ahoskie area! She was always such a bubbly, smiling soul & truly loved her family & friends deeply! Heaven just received the most special person to many, RIP our sweet friend. Thoughts & Prayers to you all! Love Laurie & Eddie Smith, Wilmington, NC

Monica Keel
15 days ago

Sending my prayers and condolences to Richard and family. BJ was a lovely lady with the kindness heart and most beautiful smile. Rest in peace and fly with the angels sweet lady ❤️

Michele McTiernanGleason
15 days ago

I posted earlier but forgot to mention something super special and unique to Brenda – her HUGS!! She gave THE best loving hugs! So special! Grateful to have received them from her. 🙏🏻 Such a blessing!

Michele McTiernanGleason
16 days ago

I was lucky to have had beautiful Brenda as my step-mother for many years. She was an amazing Mother to my brothers John Paul and Brian. We enjoyed many fun times together at the beach, Disneyworld and much more, in MD, FL, PA, NC, GA and Virginia. Eternally rest knowing you were loved and appreciated. ❤️

Jewel Newsome
16 days ago

BJ was a sweet girl and wonderful person. She was definitely a good friend to everyone she knew and one of the most strongest person I have ever known. You will be truly missed by every one. Fly high my friend.
Heaven just gained a beautiful angel, Love you.

Sherry Grant
16 days ago

BJ was a wonderful friend to my mother and all the Ya Yas. It is the thing my mother missed most about moving. She told me that BJ never complained during her illness. She was a gift to many and I’m sorry she couldn’t beat this dreadful disease. Praying for peace for her family.

C&S Automotive
17 days ago

We send our deepest condolences to the Jernigan family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this difficult time.

Andy Melvin
17 days ago

Brenda was a great childhood friend. She was always upbeat. Everyone loved being around her. Maybe she is now free from pain. BJ will be missed by all who knew her.