Stephen Jernigan

Stephen Whitmire Jernigan Jr.

Friday, January 17th, 1936 - Thursday, October 31st, 2019
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Stephen Whitmire Jernigan, Jr., 83, of Pace, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019. His family was beside him while he let go of this life and was resurrected with Christ.

Steve was born to Stephen and Vennie Jernigan in Crestview, Florida, in 1936, and graduated from Pensacola High School. He was married to Rose Mary English in 1952, and together they raised three children. Steve faithfully provided for his family by working in construction and making custom art knives. His knives were highly regarded and sought after by collectors all over the world. He enjoyed traveling to knife shows and developed many wonderful friendships through his knife making.

Steve was described perfectly by one of those friends, Joe Hatfield, “Steve has always been a truly skilled, gifted, and unique master of art, design, and workmanship like no other. His memory and works will live on in the hearts and collections of all those who were privileged to know him. A most compassionate, honest, and loving person who will be greatly missed and often remembered for his talent and spirit. His life was lived with value and purpose as an inspirational example to all who knew him.”

He will also be remembered for his love of the Lord, he witnessed with both his words and his actions. Steve was blessed with an incredible peace while leaving this world and his family is comforted in knowing that he is whole and well in a better place.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Stephen and Vennie Jernigan; his older sister, Nelda Balkom; and his son, Jonathan Craig Jernigan.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Jernigan; daughter, Joni Jernigan and son-in-law, Marty McCrory; son, Stevie Jernigan and daughter-in-law, Julie Jernigan; daughter-in-law, Delta Jernigan; three granddaughters, Jessica Wallace, Cody Jernigan and Joanna Jernigan; and one great-granddaughter, Celeste.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at Lewis Funeral Home, Pace Chapel (4777 West Spencerfield Road, Pace, Florida 32571). Burial will follow services in Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery, Chumuckla.

Visitation will be held 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., prior to the service.

The Jernigan family is grateful to Covenant Hospice for their kindness and skill while Steve was briefly in their care.

Donations may be made to the ALS Association in honor of Steve's son Craig, who he was so eager to be with in heaven.


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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Lewis Funeral Home, Pace Chapel
    4777 West Spencerfield Rd.
    PACE, FL 32571
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 12:00pm
    Lewis Funeral Home, Pace Chapel
    4777 West Spencerfield Rd.
    PACE, FL 32571
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery
    8008 Chumuckla Highway
    PACE, FL
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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