Cecil Thomas Jernigan, 80, member of MARS Ham Radio

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Cecil Thomas Jernigan
Cecil Thomas Jernigan

Cecil Thomas Jernigan passed away peacefully in his sleep, Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the age of 80 in Wilmington.

Cecil was born to Beatrice Cecilia Sineath and John Thomas Jernigan in West End, NC on February 14, 1936. Due to the death of his mother, he was raised by his Aunt Sally Russell in Ellerbe. He is survived by one sister, Dorothy Ragan in Jacksonville, Fla. He graduated from Ellerbe High School in 1954.

In his early years, Cecil served four years in the U.S. Navy. He later became an accomplished electrical engineer for Henry Von Oesen and Associates until retirement. He was passionate about ham radio and was involved in many clubs including MARS Ham Radio. Cecil and his wife, Betty, enjoyed square dancing together for the Port City Mavericks. He was an active and dedicated member of Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church. He never met a stranger and always had a joke to share.

Cecil was preceded in death by his loving wife of 47 years, Betty Ann Bailey Jernigan. The couple is survived by their three daughters, Debra Ann Warwick of Wilmington, Cathy H. McClanahan, and her husband, Brad, of Wilmington and Susan Lynne Krause, and her husband, Dennis, of Clayton; grandchildren, Melody Dickerson, April Barrow, Brad McClanahan Jr., Jason Krause, Heather Masters and Ashley Krause; and his six great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at Andrew’s Market Street Chapel 1617 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 15, at Andrew’s Market Street Chapel followed by a private graveside service for the family.

Flowers are welcome; any memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern North Carolina Chapter, 3739 National Drive, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27612; or Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church, 3902 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28403.

Wishing you 88’s and 73’s. WA4PPC is signing off.

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