Jernigan, Dorene -
Hendersonville - Doris Irene “Dorene” Adcock Jernigan, 93, long-time resident of Manchester, TN, passed away on Monday morning, October 12, 2020 while visiting her daughters: Junice Stanley of Hendersonville and Regenia Wheeler of Madison, TN.
Dorene was born February 25, 1927 in Rutherford County, TN, the daughter of the late Ed Elam Adcock and Maggie D Arnold Adcock. She was preceded in death by her husband of forty-one years, Eugene W. Jernigan, a World War II Veteran in the US Marine Corp. He was a politician and she worked tirelessly to support his campaigns for Vice-Mayor and Mayor of Manchester. Dorene was saleswoman in Henley’s dress shop, and in later years, they owned and operated E.W. Jernigan Heating and Air Conditioning in Manchester, TN.
Dorene was also preceded in death by a sister and her husband, Ruth Adcock Evans and Arnold Evans from Nashville, TN; two brothers and their wives from Murfreesboro, TN, Charles L and Briley Queen Adcock and Eddie K. and Mary Nell Briley Adcock.
Dorene will be loved and missed by her surviving three daughters: Sandra Jernigan Levent in Roswell, GA, Junice Stanley (Charles, deceased) in Hendersonville, TN, and Regenia Wheeler (Fred, deceased) in Madison, TN; three grandchildren: Stacey L. Bryan in Hendersonville, TN, Trey Guntherberg in Cumming, GA, and Natalie C. Wheeler in Madison, TN; one great-granddaughter: C. Brooke Steen in Hendersonville, TN; one niece: Anita Carol Evans Boyd from Nashville, TN; and one nephew: Billy Joe Adcock in Murfreesboro, TN.
Dorene moved to Roswell, GA to live with her daughter, Sandra Levent, in 2012, where she was integral part of providing needs for homeless women at the Heartseekers Women’s Shelter. She was a proud member of the Johnson Hall Sunday School class at Manchester First United Methodist Church as well as a member of Wesley Wanderers senior group. She leaves a legacy of good will and genuine concern for others. She had a sign in her home, “Love God, Love People,” and that she did.
A graveside service, which will be at Evergreen Cemetery at 519 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro, TN, will be announced on the Manchester Funeral Home website.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Retinitis Pigmentosa – Foundation Fighting Blindness at http://www.fightingblindness.org in honor of Doris Irene Jernigan.
Peggy Cobb says:
It was such a joy to visit Mrs. Jernigan at their home in Georgia a few times over the last few years. She was such a sweet spirit and touched my heart in so many ways. I've known her since I lived a couple of streets away when I was a little girl, but really got to know her in my visits in Georgia as 'adults'....She was smart and loving and so kind. The last time I was there, she got all dressed up to greet me at the bottom of the steps...it brought tears to my eyes to see her there with open arms waiting to give me a hug. These are my treasured memories that I will always have when I think of her.
To Sandra: I admire, respect and understand all you have done over the past 8 years sharing your home with your mom. I will keep all of you daughters in my thoughts and prayers.
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