Ronald Elbert Jernigan

March 11, 1950 - January 17, 2020

03/11/1950 - 01/17/2020

Past Services

Sunday January 19, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Monday January 20, 2020
11:30 am
Elm Grove Baptist Church
638 Elm Grove Road
Colerain, NC 27924

COLERAIN, NC – Ronald Elbert Jernigan, age 69, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2020, surrounded by his family, at his home.

Mr. Ronald was born on March 11, 1950 to the late Starkey and Mattie Jernigan in Ahoskie, NC. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Ronald cherished his family especially the time he spent with his grandchildren, babysitting them during their summer breaks. Ronald worked in maintenance for the Department of Transportation of North Carolina for many years before retiring. Ronald enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, and cooking fish for those family get-togethers. He was a huge sports fanatic, pulling for the Atlanta Braves and the Dallas Cowboys. Ronald was a quiet, gentle soul that adored his Elm Grove community, the township where he was born and raised. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all that knew him.

Left to cherish Ronald’s memory is his loving wife, Christie, son, Brian K. Jernigan and wife Noelle of Williamston; two daughters, Melissa L. Jernigan of Colerain, and Amy Pierce and husband Phillip of Jamesville; brother, Paul Jernigan and significant other, Terry Pierce of Colerain; two sisters, Linda Eileen Elks of Grimesland, and Louise J. Jernigan and husband Joseph of Colerain; grandson, William Joel Pierce of Jamesville; granddaughter, Caroljean Rose Pierce of Jamesville; along with a host of extended family and friends.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 19, 2020, from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC, and other times at the home.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020, at 11:30 am at the Elm Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Preston Jernigan officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to the Samaritans Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or online by clicking here here or Elm Grove Baptist Church, 638 Elm Grove Road, Colerain, NC 27924 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

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Bonnie E. Johnson
4 years ago

Christie you & your family are in my thoughts & prayers.

Kathy Turner
4 years ago

Sorry for your loss

Joie Freeman Gatewood
4 years ago

Christy…know that I love you, I’ve loved you & Ronald…even, way back, in the Sunday after church, Sheep’s Landing, water-skiing days, from Ronald’s fishing boat (God, forbid…can you imagine how painful that would be, skiing today, 50 years later?). Ronald grew up, just down the road from us. Of course, when Jannie & I were youngans, we thought he was grown, until you two, started dating. What I will remember about Ronald…a man with a quiet, gentle nature…always smiling & saying something funny, to make you laugh. He was just a salt-of-the-earth good person, due to his lifetime Christian upbringing. For those, too young to remember…Mr. Starkey, his daddy, was a God-fearing deacon, a moral compass & a pillar of strength in Elm Grove Baptist Church. Ms. Mattie, his mamma, had the heart-of-teacher, spent her life teaching the Bible, in words, country people could understand. My mamma dearly loved her. I had the privilege of staying with Ms.Mattie, in her latter years. I loved her, too…but not her chickens. Christy, I realize, you know all these things I’m saying, already. I’m saying them for your children & your children’s children. I want them always, to honor & love, the God-fearing legacy, from which they came. The days, weeks & years to come will not be easy. I still grieve & cry for Jannie almost, everyday. I have to remind myself…this is God’s will…God’s wisedom…I love you, Christy.

Lucille Stocks
4 years ago

So sorry for your loss Christie. Sending prayers for you all.

Elaine Myers
4 years ago

Christie, thinking of you and those you love at this time. Blessings.

Charlie & Cathy White
4 years ago

We’re so sorry for your loss. Lifting you up in prayer.

Phil and Ada
4 years ago

Ronald was such a kind,gentle,loving,caring,and giving man. He will be missed by his family, friends, and community. Christie, Brian,Noelle,Melissa. Amy .Phillip.Paul.Linda and Eileen you are in our prayers.

Phyllis Downey
4 years ago

Christie, I am so sorry for your loss, uplifting all of you in prayers.

William & Brenda Jones
4 years ago

Brian we are so sorry for your loss. Prayers be with you and your family.

Richard and Ethel Mae Knowles
4 years ago

So sorry for your loss….