Linda W. Jernigan

January 25, 2011


Linda Williams Jernigan of Ahoskie died peacefully surrounded by family on January 25, 2011. Linda was born in Sanford on March 20, 1925 and was the daughter of Margaret Judd Williams and the Honorable Clawson Lee Williams.

She graduated from Greensboro College and UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She was presented at the 1946 NC Debutante Ball in Raleigh. Linda later married Roberts Harrell Jernigan, Jr. of Ahoskie, where she lived most of her adult life. For twenty years, while Roberts was serving in the NC General Assembly, Linda enjoyed attending political functions and was a member of the Sir Walter Cabinet. She was also active in both St. Thomas Episcopal Church of Ahoskie and the community, where she held many leadership positions. Linda taught Spanish at Ahoskie High School for more than twenty years and loved the interaction with her students. She lived her last two years at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living in Raleigh, where she enjoyed many new friendships.

She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Linda was preceded in death by her husband, Roberts Harrell Jernigan, Jr., and two sisters, Elizabeth Judd Williams and Margaret Banks Williams.

She is survived by her three children, Roberts Harrell Jernigan, III of Ahoskie, Elizabeth Jernigan Andrews of Raleigh, and Clawson Williams Jernigan (Dawn) of Raleigh; her sister, Irene Williams Frazer of Mobile, AL; her brother, Clawson Lee Williams, Jr. (Diane) of Seven Lakes; and five wonderful grandchildren, Richard Lewis Andrews, Jr. (Austin) of Washington, NC, Margaret Marshall Andrews (Jason Schwartz) of Philadelphia, Elizabeth Judd Andrews of Charlotte, Robert Gray Jernigan and Kenan Rand Jernigan of Raleigh.

The family will receive friends at the Jernigan House Bed and Breakfast, 209 S. Catherine Creek Road, Ahoskie from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2011.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ahoskie at 11am on Friday, January 28, 2011. A private interment will precede the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

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Keith Askew
13 years ago

lawson so sorry about your mom.i lost mine last March 10.Your in my prayers.

Marilyn Shue Carter
13 years ago


I’m so very sorry to hear about your mother.She was a lovely lady and I enjoyed having her for my Spanish teacher at AHS. I saw her at our last reunion 2 yrs ago and enjoyed visiting with her very much. Prayers are being sent to you and your family as you face this difficult period. God Bless each of you Marilyn

Melba Terry Phillips
13 years ago

Robbie, I just want you to know I truly loved your Mother. She was always my favorite teacher in school, and a dear friend. I visited her several time when I lived in Ahoskie, and she was always a gracious hostess. She really enjoyed teaching. Mrs. Jernigan was a beautiful, caring and sensitive lady. I will miss her terribly. I know God has a very special “angel” with him now.

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Love, Melba

tommy godwin
13 years ago

with deepest sympathy to robbie. your mother was a wonderful lady.god bless. tommy g

Clint Steele
13 years ago

Elizabeth, Clawson, Rob…

So very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother…I loved having her as my mentor. Not only at AHS…”Ola Leenda!”, but at the beach…”Oh boy..FOOD!”…”have you seen Rob?”…and all those occasions at your house…”Clint Steele, where have ya’ll been?!…”Anna Maria and I had a flat tire!”…and those breakfasts!…Such a gracious host and lovely lady!…and I most appreciate the opportunity you afforded me, to “Go home again”…when I’d stay with you Rob, and her, (and cats)…just in the last few years…(when I’d go back to Winton)…It was like being at AHS again!…Memories!!!It meant SOOOO much!…What a beautiful and special person…who had such an impact on my life…I’ll miss her! My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you all…Take Care! Love, Clint and family…

P. Askew- Houk
13 years ago

To Robbie and family: Your mother was a wonderful woman and teacher. I planned my whole schedule in high school for 3 years to have her as my teacher. She was a joy in my life as well as my teacher. I still remember all the advice she gave me during those years. May God always bless and keep each of you and just know Heaven has another angel. My sincerest condolences.

Debbie Overton Pickeral
13 years ago

Mrs. Jernigan was one of my teachers in high school. I am so sorry for your loss. Please cherish the memories of how wonderful she was to everyone who knew her. May God be with you in this difficult time.

Debbie Overton Pickeral

Joe Horton
13 years ago

Robbie…so sorry to hear about your mother. My sincerest sympathy to you, Clawson and Elizabeth.

Tricia Newsome Horne
13 years ago

Robbie and family, my deepest sympathies are shared with you during this time. Ahoskie has lost a fine lady.