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Jeffrey L. Jernigan, 64, of Grain Valley, MO passed away from ALS, (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Jeff was born August 5, 1948 in Indianapolis, IN. He is survived by: loving wife, Debbie; daughter, Jessica Kelly and her husband, Mike; two grandchildren, Cashel and Maebyn Kelly and a third grandchild due in November, all of St. Petersburg, FL; daughter, Kristen Jernigan and partner, John Anderson of Firestone, CO; brother, Alex Jernigan and his wife, Ann of Southport, NC and their children and Debbie’s children and grandchildren of Blue Springs, MO.
Jeff is preceded in death by his first wife of 34 years, Priscilla Jernigan; sister, Julie Jernigan and parents, Alex and Correen Jernigan.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Saturday, May 25th at Acquaint Gathering Church, 512 Capelle St., Grain Valley, MO 64029.
Jeff was a Veteran of the US Air Force and stationed in Tacoma, WA, Sacramento, CA and on Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. He received his bachelor’s Degree from Ball State University and his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California. He also attended St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, MO and pastored at St. Luke’s Church in Grand Pass, MO. Jeff was very devoted and loved his ministry of supporting the homeless through the Uplift Organization, Kansas City, MO.
Jeff will be greatly missed by his loving family and host of friends. He will be remembered for his love of sailing, piano music, his beautiful grandchildren, his ability to carry on intellectual conversations where you felt like he was sincere and you always took something away from them. Jeff enjoyed the wonderful trips with Debbie, which she will forever cherish in her memories. Jeff greatly enjoyed spending time with his family and extended families.
Jeff’s family would like to sincerely thank; Julie Williams with The ALS Association, Keith Worthington Chapter; the VA Medical Center, particularly Nikki Caraveo; Teresa Harmon, with Home Instead, and the NorthCare Hospice team for the loving care they gave to Jeff.
Memorial donations may be made by logging into The ALS Association, Keith Worthington Chapter, www.alsa.org Click on “Walk to Defeat ALS” and click on “Find a Team” and key in Jeff’s Sole Mates, to make a donation. (arrangements by: Heartland Cremation & Burial Sociecty, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, Missouri. 816-313-1677)