In the words of the Man himself: (Verbatim)
I retired from the US Army in 1992 after completing 38 years of active service. I started as a Private and became a First Sergeant in my 14th year. I performed 1SGT duties for 3 years at 3 different infantry companies in the 82nd Abn Division. I then went to staff positions at the 18th Abn Corps Hqs at Fort Bragg North Carolina. I was later assigned to the 101st Abn Div and became the only Non-Commissioned Officer to be appointed to be the installation project officer for implementation of the Direct Support System at Fort Campbell. Upon successful implementation of the DSS I received a direct appointment to Warrant Officer by the Secretary of the Army. I retired with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Four. My awards include 33 different medals including 3 Bronze Stars, 2 Purple Hearts, 2 Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal, Legion of Merit, plus many others. Overseas assignments were Alaska 3yrs, Panama, 2yrs, Viet Nam 3yrs, Europe 26yrs.
In the words of Phillip Y. Jernigan:
A great man died Easter Sunday. A man of integrity, wit, compassion, and love. This world will not be the same without Cletus Thelton Jernigan Sr. I say with an incredibly sad and profoundly lonely heart that this world was a better place with my father. This world lost a true Patriot, a family man, a Christian. My father was many things to many people. He was a provider, a companion, a source of wisdom, and a man of love. He loved his wife's, he loved his kids, and he loved his God. He died the same day that our Lord and Savior rose. If I ever could be the man, my father was on this earth then perhaps I would have accomplished something in my life.
God Bless Cletus Thelton Jernigan Senior.
A graveside service was held at 10:00 AM, Friday, April 9, 2021 at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Posted online on April 10, 2021