Joan C. Jernigan • December 6, 2019

Joan Carol Jernigan
Age 72 born December 24, 1946 and passed away December 6,2019.
Joan was born the middle child of Allan and Pauline Bradley in Gadsden, Ala. She lived in several states as a Navy wife and raised three children. Joan returned to Pensacola in 1989 to be with family that she so dearly missed.
Cancer. Such a terrible disease. The last thing you would ever think is that your loved one has a non-curable disease like cancer. Our mom fought a tough battle with glioblastoma from January 2019-December 2019. She hung in there as long as she could – as she was not yet ready to let go.
Mom had a smile that would light up a room and was a very loving person. Everyone will miss her with much sadness. She was a person that was there to help out anyone, anytime. Mom liked to host gatherings and enjoyed traveling.
Joan graduated from Escambia County High School in 1965. She was employed with the Escambia County School Board of Transportation for over 20 years and was a member of Marcus Point Baptist Church.
She was a member of the Gold Wing Association and traveled via motorcycle around the area and long-distance trips with her second husband Ray Jernigan. She also served as treasurer for the Girl Scouts Group – Troop #264 for two years.
She was married to Ray Jernigan for 16 years before his passing in March 2015. They can now be together once again.
Joan is survived by her three children, Debbie (Dan) Merrell, Pam (Greg) Capshaw – both from Arlington, TN, Richy Carreker, Pensacola, FL, 3 granddaughters, Callie Yates, Taylor Mallett, Alyssa Carreker and one great grandchild, Brentley Yates. She also leaves behind a sister, Phyllis (Larry) Sanders and a brother Pat Bradley as well as numerous nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.
We would like to extend special thanks to all of mom’s caregivers, but especially Bridgett Fisher with Comfort Keepers. Bridgett was her personal care giver since the onset of her illness and took excellent care of her. Also special thanks to Covenant Hospice Care for the attention and care they provided. A great big thanks to all the friends and family that were there on a daily basis and helped us provide care and comfort for mom. We could not have given mom the excellent care she received without the love and support of everyone. We thank you all many times over.
The viewing will be held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens, 7433 Pine Forest Road, Pensacola, FL at 1pm Friday December 13, 2019 with the ceremony following at 2pm. Monetary donations can be made to American Brain Cancer Society in mom’s memory.

  1. Robert burleigh says:

    I know it is hard Debbie but your mom was a wonderful and caring person and raised wonderful daughters
    We miss our loved ones but know we will see them again.
    Take care

  2. Nate and Danelle Kinion says:

    We were friends of Ray and your Mom through Gold Wing Road Riders. We are so sorry for your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Tianna Novacic says:

    I am comforted and blessed with the incredible experience in being able to care for Mrs. Jernigan. I went into a field where I knew I’d make and meet new people on a daily basis … Mrs. Jernigan stood out to me ! Every time I walked in the house I was greeted with a big smile ! I truly enjoyed taking care of her for the time that I did. She raised a good team to have her back and to speak for her when she wasn’t able too! As I see it she kicked cancers butt and fought hard the whole time ! A special thanks to Debbie , Pam , Taylor & Kim for allowing me to become apart of you alls life ! My condolences are with you at this time as it is a grieving moment just remember it’s not a goodbye but just a see you later ! My prayers are with you all ❤️ Again thank you

  4. Marquette D Jones says:

    Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
    Pam I want you to know that you and your family have our deepest condolences. We truly understand. Know we are keeping you and your family in our prayers. Love you all.🙏🏼

  5. Tony Mallett says:

    Truly an Angel!

  6. William 'Bill' Brock says:

    May Gods mercy and grace be with you and your family, we have all lost loved ones but the sting of death doesn’t get any easier. We have comfort in knowing that in time we will be able to join them in Heaven and what a glorious time that will be.
    I pray that God will be with you all, give you comfort and peace. May God have Mercy on Joan’s Soul.

  7. Stephanie Bain Wright says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. You mom was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. I’ll always think of her and smile. You guys are in my prayers.

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