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Janiell Lynn Jernigan

February 22, 1963March 12, 2020
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Janiell Lynn Jernigan was born February 22, 1963 in Honolulu, Hawaii and passed away at her home in Rockwall, Texas on March 12, 2020. She was the daughter of Jerry Lee Folsom and Jacqueline Lucille Phillips.

Growing up in Hawaii, Janiell had many fond childhood memories of fun on the beach until she was 13 years old when her dad retired from the Navy and the family moved to Alamogordo, New Mexico. Janiell attended Alamogordo High School for three years and then the family moved to Glendale, Arizona where she graduated from Glendale High School. Janiell was a member of Who’s Who in America her senior year of school. She attended Arizona State University then moved to Long Beach, California and attended the University of Long Beach. In 1987, Janiell moved to Norman, Oklahoma where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Oklahoma University. During her senior year at OU, Janiell visited Lawton, Oklahoma to see her parents and assist with the wedding rehearsal of a family friend. At the wedding rehearsal, she met Bob Jernigan whom she would marry after graduating from OU. While attending OU, Janiell became a fanatic for the Oklahoma Sooners and in the past 31 years rarely missed an OU football game, even if she had to record it and watch it later. She would even watch the live game then watch the recording to assess what they needed to do to improve. Janiell was an avid football fan and, in her mind, a coach. She would get so intense when watching football that she would have to watch in a closed room to keep from scaring the family pets. When eating out, if there was a football game on any monitor, she would have to sit so she could see the game and would strike up a conversation about the game and whatever team was playing with anyone who would listen. She knew more about football teams and stats than any one person should know. Bob and their children knew that between September and February she would be found watching football, any game, and was to be left uninterrupted.

After their marriage, Janiell and Bob made their home in Lawton, Oklahoma, where Janiell worked at Southwestern Medical Center. In 1991, Janiell and Bob were blessed with their first child, Lauren Elizabeth Jernigan. Early in 1992, the family moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma where Janiell worked at Muskogee General Hospital and also began teaching nursing at Bacone College. In 1994, Janiell had the opportunity to continue her education and follow her dream of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. The family moved to Dallas, Texas, where she began attending Texas Woman’s University and completed her Master’s degree in nursing to become a Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP). While attending school, Janiell worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Doctor’s Hospital in Dallas. After obtaining her CNP degree, Janiell began teaching future CNP students at Texas Woman’s University. In 1997, Janiell, Bob, and Lauren moved to Rockwall, Texas where they have remained. After the move to Rockwall, Janiell began working as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Royse City Medical Practice until obtaining additional credentials in the psychiatric area of medicine and made the decision to become part of Psychiatric Services in Greenville, Texas.

In 2001, the Jernigan family made the decision to become Foster Parents in the Rockwall County area. During 2001 - 2004, they fostered thirteen different children ranging in age from three weeks to 13 years old. During 2001, the family was again blessed by the arrival of Ethan William Lee Jernigan. From 2005 – 2009, Janiell participated in community outreach programs through the National Charity League and contributed hundreds of hours of service work with organizations, such as the Special Olympics and various Children’s Charities. During the same period she became a marathon enthusiast running in many marathons until her health would not allow it any longer. Anytime Janiell wasn’t watching football, she was watching her children’s after-school activities, or shopping or she could be found with a book in her hand.

Janiell was eagerly awaiting the birth of her first grandson. She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Lee Folsom. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Bob Jernigan; daughter, Lauren Jernigan; son, Ethan (Emily Gil) Jernigan; mother, Jacqueline (Joe) Talley; brother, John (Ailey) Folsom; multiple nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 6-8pm in Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home, 10501 Garland Rd., Dallas, TX 75218. A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 11am in the funeral home.


  • Robert L. Jernigan, Spouse
  • Lauren Elizabeth Jernigan, Daughter
  • Ethan William Lee Jernigan, Son


  • Visitation Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 20, 2020


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Donna Tingle

March 30, 2020

She was a wonderful and caring person, as well as, the best doctor. She will be missed by everyone who was blessed to know her.

Judy Smithey

March 25, 2020

Janiell the most caring person I ever met. She will remain in my heart forever. So thankful to have known her. She will be deaply missed by her family and all who were blessed by her🙏🙏🙏

Terri Lovett

March 20, 2020

Bob, I am so sorry for your loss. I am here at Laurel Land if there is anything I can do for you and your family.

Christy Green

March 19, 2020

Janiell has been a wonderful mentor to me and so many others. She was an amazing woman. Adored by her patients. Such a giving, caring, beautiful, and genuine soul. She had an amazing sense of humor. Janiell, you will truly be missed. Peace and love to her family. Rest in peace my friend....

Dee Ann Rohrer

March 19, 2020

I've known Bob for about 24 years, as a co-worker. I met Janiell at many of the SCI Company Events. She had an infectious smile and laugh. It was much fun to watch Bob and Janiell talk and laugh together; exchanging big smiles. Over the years, Bob spoke so fondly of his wife, Janiell. Bob, prayers are lifted for your sweet family to bring comfort and peace to your hearts.

Tamra Stalnaker

March 19, 2020

Janiell was such a great lady. She was always happy to talk and offer advice. She will be missed so much by so many. She touched so many lives. I'm thankful I had the chance to know her. She was always bringing gifts (she loved to get us Starbucks) or even buying things for patients. I loved going to the hockey game with her. She is definitely sitting in heaven looking down on her family that she talked about and loved so much! My prayer to her family is that remembrance of all her wonderful times will fill your memories with peace. RIP Janiell you were definitely one of God's angels! Love and miss you!

Lois Stevens

March 19, 2020

It has been our honor and privilege to have worked with Janiell through Hunt Regional Medical Center Inpatient and most recently Outpatient Behavioral Health. She was loved by patients and staff alike and she will be forever missed. Her passing has left a huge void in our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.

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Michelle Minyard

March 19, 2020

Janielle, you were a beaming light in my life. You let me work next to you for 5 years & welcomed me with open arms. You taught me to think as a nurse & not just a Medical Assistant. You then welcomed me into your personal life as a friend and a big sister. Anytime Bob couldn't go to an OU game you took me with you and allowed me to fall in love with OU as well. You always were joyful and upbeat even under pressure. You will be strongly missed and loved dearly.

Adriana Carrillo

March 19, 2020


My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. I offer you my thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this difficult time.


Diane Snow

March 19, 2020

I am so saddened to hear of Janiell’s passing. She was a fabulous student in the Psych NP program at UTA and I so enjoyed getting to know her, and she was so proud of her family. I admired her courage supporting her daughters choice of St Johns University in NY. - so far from home! She precepted many UTA Psych NP students in her Greenville practice, passing on her strong skills and her wisdom. She had a huge heart!! And her kindness and compassion as well as sense of humor live on in all the lives she touched on this earth. Praying for peace for all her family . May she Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory! ❤️