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Obituary for Margaret Vassar Jernigan

Margaret Vassar Jernigan, 89, passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Margaret was born in Albany, Georgia on October 28, 1927 to the late Brinker S. Vassar and Margaret Prescott Vassar. She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Edward Williams Jernigan, Sr. Margaret worked with her husband as bookkeeper for the family business, Sam Jernigan and Sons Furniture Company, now Jernigan Furniture. She was a member of Madison Avenue Baptist Church for 60 years where she served as a pitcher on the woman’s softball team and as a Cub Scout Leader of Pack 4.

Margaret’s natural competitive spirit led her to enjoy a broad spectrum of sports. She loved swimming and was one of the first women to become a WSI instructor and served as the coach of the Seaboro Swim Team. Margaret bowled competitively in the semi pro league with North Carolina’s number one bowler at that time. She retired from her bowling career to marry and start her family with the love of her life, Ed Jernigan. Perhaps her greatest sport’s love was golf which she played every chance she got and in later years would watch on television. She also enjoyed watching any sport the UNC Tarheels were playing.

A service to celebrate Margaret’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Seymour Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dr. Randy Outland officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. A private inurnment for the family will be at the First Presbyterian Church Columbarium.

Margaret is survived by her daughter, Margaret Guthrie and husband Mike; son, Dr. Edward W. Jernigan, Jr. and wife Dixie; grandchildren, Reverend Jason Leonard, Matthew Leonard and wife Joy, Miller Holmes and husband Daniel, Dr. Edward W. Jernigan III and wife Kelsey, Dr. John C. Jernigan (Joc), and Jordan V. Jernigan; and great-grandchildren, Anna Kate Leonard and Grace McKoy Jernigan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Madison Avenue Baptist Church, 300 S. Madison Avenue, Goldsboro, NC 27530.

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2:00 PM
Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service

1300 Wayne Memorial Drive
Goldsboro, NC 27534





2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service

1300 Wayne Memorial Drive
Goldsboro, NC 27534

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Madison Avenue Baptist Church

300 S. Madison Avenue
Goldsboro, NC 27530

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