Leon H Jernigan sadly passed away on May 9th, 2022. Born June 16, 1943, in the small town of Ozark AL. He had a passion for many things, his work, his family, and barrel racing. But the thing he loved most was his family. He met Patricia in March 1972 and immediately knew he would make her his wife. They soon got married and had two children: Linda and Joann. Leon proved to be the most loving and caring father in the world. He always made time for his children and maintained an amazing relationship with them throughout their adulthood. Leon involved his children in everything he did. His world revolved around his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He never used harsh words with his children and taught them that kindness was the best virtue a person could have. Leon was not only a kindhearted father but also a wonderful husband and grandfather. His family will miss him dearly.
“Papa, you are in our thoughts and prayers every single day. We cannot put into words how much we will miss you, but we know that you are in a place where you will be treated like the angel that you are.”
Leon is survived by his wife (Patricia Jernigan), two children (Linda Griffith and husband Bobby Griffith) (Joann Hiatt and Husband Jeremy Hiatt), his six grandchildren (Taylor Brown and wife Bailey Brown, Christopher Griffith, Corey Griffith, Allison Brown, Kylee Armstrong, and Joshua Brown), and two great-grandchildren (Reilyn Griffith and Christa Kay Griffith). He is preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.
A service will be held for Leon at First Pentecostal Church. Located at 1217 Fink Rd. Niceville, FL. Visitation is at 10 am with the service at 11 am. Following the service, If you would like to join the family at his final resting place located at Heritage Gardens 2201 North Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578.