Annetta Jernigan • March 1, 2021



Mary “Annetta” Richburg Jernigan went home to the Lord on March 1, 2021 after 77 years of wonderful, philanthropic life.
Annetta was born in 1943 in Brewton, AL, to John and Vera Richburg. She was the oldest of three, followed by John David and Vera Fay. Annetta’s family spent her childhood in Mobile, AL, and her teenage years in Castleberry, AL. Her senior year, the family returned to Brewton, but Annetta stayed in Castleberry where she met the man of her dreams.
On November 19, 1960, at just 17, Annetta married Johnny Jernigan, and they began their Cinderella story! Over the next 60 years, they built a life and a legacy that will live on through us all. Through hard work, prayer, patience, and faith, they raised two beautiful, empowered daughters, Karen and Kristy. These daughters gave her more comfort and joy than words can describe. Annetta’s love for her daughters was followed by an unwavering love and support for her grandchildren.
Annetta was loved by many for many great reasons. Her work in the local deaf community was unparalleled. Her lifelong commitment to Myrtle Grove Baptist Church changed innumerable lives and souls. Annetta was well known for her love, style, art, faith, and endurance.
Annetta is preceded in passing by her parents and brother. She is survived by her husband, daughters, sons-in-laws, grandchildren, sister, nephews, nieces, and so many others who she considered and treated as family.

  1. Gloria Crutcher-Young says:

    Such a Godly woman. A true Proverbs 31 woman. Love, hugs and prayers to all.

  2. Ruth Jackson says:

    A beautiful Christian lady. She was special to so many. She will be missed.

  3. Mary Creighton says:

    Annetta was a true friend to many people and I was honored to be one of her friends. What an example she was and is to us! She was sweet, loving, graceful and gracious! She was strong and determined, full of faith and love! She was intelligent and generous, caring and busy doing for others. Her family all love her and what a wonderful family she has! Her husband adores her and she adored him! The world is a little less bright without her, but we will see her again! What a reunion that will be!
    Thanks for your wonderful example, sweet Netta. Thanks for loving me! I love you, too, dear friend.

  4. Margaret McRar says:

    Praying for everyone. Classmate of 61

  5. Jennifer (McCoy) Hauer says:

    Wonderful memories with Aunt Annetta when I was a child…we spent many adventure filled days at their hunting camp and she was always there with her warm smile and sweet, loving voice! Heaven gained a beautiful soul and she will be truly missed. Much love to all!

  6. Matthew Hartigan says:

    Miss Annetta was a very strong and loving person. She was very much an inspiration to me and my family during her cancer struggle. She will be missed by all that knew her.

  7. Roxanne Mayorca says:

    May Gods Blessings cover your family and hold your grief as you find comfort in loving heartfelt shared memories ♥️

  8. Barbara Burks says:

    I know you are all proud of the legacy she has left. My deepest for Johnny and her entire family.

  9. Teresa Avila says:

    Mrs. J, as my husband often called her. She was a mother figure for him here in the USA. She was such a strong figure in his life with the most lovely and empowering personality. Mrs. J touched the hearts of our family in the most indescribable way imaginable. Mrs. J you will truly be missed as our hearts are sadden but at the same time filled with joy that you received your promotion to heaven. Rest now in the peace of God and in His hands. Loving you always Mrs. J!

  10. The Delmolinos says:

    We are so terribly sorry for your loss and are sending tons of love to you all.

  11. Alicia McFarlane says:

    Ms. Annetta (aka Beautiful), was and always will be considered a personal mentor, a blessing to know, a friend, teacher, an empty journal page, etc. You are a strong woman…and will be forever loved and missed.

  12. Elaine Geringer says:

    Your race is finished Annetta, and you are fully healed! So sorry to lose another cousin. Will be praying for the family. God bless you all. Elaine Ryals Geringer

  13. Nassie Hakim says:

    Rest in eternal heavenly peace my beautiful neighbor ❤️ You will be greatly missed but forever remembered. Kind souls like yours live forever in all the heart you have touched ❤️🙏🏻

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