AUGUST 11, 1921
MARCH 28, 2009
Mildred Cobb Jernigan passed away peacefully March 28, 2009. Mildred was born August 11, 1921 in Fountain, but lived most of her life in Bagdad, where she was a beloved care-giver for pretty much anybody who needed her. Mildred cared for her husband and children, her sister and mother, her nieces and nephews, her grandchildren, her great grandchildren, her church family and the elderly residents in the community. A fragile little woman with a will of iron, she was born to teach and spent her life modeling the values she believed in. She began teaching at Chumuckla school as soon as she graduated from Milton High and taught Sunday School lessons to generations of Bagdad children, directed Vacation Bible School, Easter Egg Hunts, and many Christmas programs featuring little shepherd boys in their daddy's bathrobes and little girls with tinsel halos. Every year, Mildred said, "Never again!" but she always fell in love all over again with those little angels and the story they would tell beneath the Bagdad version of the Star of the East, crafted by her husband Sike. Mildred was a loyal member of the Bagdad United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir, presided over the UMW, and dramatized the church's history so that no one could forget its legacy. Recognized as Volunteer of the Year and an Angel in Our Midst, Mildred was a loving, guiding presence who enriched all our lives.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Silas K. Jernigan, and her parents Mary Serena Olsen and Charles Lane Cobb.
Mildred is survived by special sister Anice Scott; her daughters Gayle (Mike) Cowley, of Bagdad, and Joy (Carl) Campbell who have just returned from Malawi, Africa; grandsons, Todd (Kim) Mooneyham of Milton, Brian (Madison) Mooneyham, of Charlotte, NC; Jeff Campbell, of Marietta, GA., Jeremy (Jenny) Campbell, of Brevard, NC., and Andrew Campbell, of Marietta, GA; granddaughter, Candice McCurdy, of Lawrenceville, GA; great-grandchildren, Samantha Jarman, Kaitlyn Mooneyham, Clayton Mooneyham, Destiny McCurdy, Zachary McCurdy, and Keaton Campbell; special nieces, Mary Ann Scott and Carol (Paul) Cash; brother-in-law, J.R. (Ruth) Jernigan; and sisters-in-law, Ruth Jernigan and Bonnie Jernigan.
Pallbearers will be Mildred's five grandsons and Lamar Whitaker.
The Reverends Harold Bordages, Gary Jones, and George McClure will officiate at services at 3 PM on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at the Bagdad United Methodist Church. Visitation will take place from 1 to 3 PM prior to services at the church. Friends may prefer to make contributions in Mildred's memory at the Bagdad United Methodist Church in lieu of sending flowers.